Orchestra to Present Allen Vizzutti in ‘Trumpet Spectacular!’ Concert

by News Bureau on Monday, Mar. 12, 2012

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GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 12, 2012 — Allen Vizzutti, trumpet virtuoso, will be the featured guest artist with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra in the upcoming March 27 concert, “Trumpet Spectacular.”

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Sara Edgerton, Southeast faculty member, will conduct the concert.

The concert will open with the famous “Surprise” Symphony by the great classical composer, Joseph Haydn. The orchestra will also perform the colorful and appealing “Gayaneh Suite” by Russian composer, Aram Khatchaturian, featuring the rousing “Sabre Dance.” On the second half of the program, the orchestra will be joined by guest artist, Vizzutti, in a performance of the acclaimed “Trumpet Concerto” by Joseph Haydn. The concert will conclude with Vizzutti’s signature tune, “Carnival of Venice,” in a special, virtuoso arrangement by “Del” Staigers.

Called the “trumpet player supreme,” Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with such artists and ensembles as Chick Corea, ‘Doc’ Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Rochester N.Y., Syracuse, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Phoenix, Croatia, Slovenia, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg to name a few. Vizzutti’’s status as an artist has led to solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Brechenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Vizzutti has also performed on more than 100 motion picture sound tracks, (such as “Back To The Future” and “Star Trek”), as well as countless television shows, commercials and recordings with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, the Commodores and Prince. His soaring sounds can be heard on recent projects including the movies “Furry Vengeance,” “40 Days and 40 Nights,” “Unfaithfully Yours,” Gridiron Gang,” “Scary Movie Four” and the “Medal of Honor,” “Gears Of War 3” and “Halo” video games. Vizzutti grew up in Montana, where he was taught by his father, a self taught musician and trumpet player, until he left home to attend the Eastman School of Music on full scholarship. There he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble, and the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded a wind player in Eastman’s 85-year history.

From his home in Seattle, Wash., Vizzutti’s current career activities embody an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for this concert are now available and can be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265 or by visiting RiverCampusEvents.com.