The hills come alive with ‘Mountain Light Music’ tomorrow night

Opera song

By Sally Neel

Music will fill the air in Keyah Grande tomorrow night, August 6, at 7 pm, as Mountain Light Music presents “A Night at the Movies”. If you’ve never heard the sound of brass resonating in the mountains, you’re in for a treat. An ensemble of sixteen professional and student trombonists will delight us with exciting themes from period films such as Ben Hur, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman, and more.

Students will join professional players for a week on Cade Mountain for the Mountain Light Music Festival, a time to study, create music and explore the beautiful wilderness surrounding the San Juan Mountains. The week will end with an exciting concert by Keyah Grande.

It is rare to hear and experience the grand sound of a trombone choir. In orchestral arrangements, the rich sound of the trombone is an important and necessary timbre, but not often widely presented. The instrument is unlike any other, in that instead of using valves to change the height, it uses a slide. This gives the instrument a unique ability to easily slide between notes. This is often heard in comedic musical contexts. But the trombone is also a serious instrument, with a magnificent and rich tone that can produce the most glorious brass sound. Being able to enjoy an entire choir of these beautiful instruments is indeed a rare opportunity.

The CVs of the staff of professional musicians are impressive. Dr. Jonathan Whitaker joined the faculty of the University of Alabama in the fall of 2009. Whitaker’s students have enjoyed tremendous success in national and international solo competitions and have been placed in some of the top festivals. summer music of the country.

Dr. Steve Wilson is chair of the music department and professor of trombone at the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso and holds both a Masters and Doctorate in Musical Arts in Trombone Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Brent Phillips, founder of Mountain Light Music, is Professor of Trombone at Baylor University. Prior to his position at Baylor, Mr. Phillips was Assistant Principal Trombone of the President’s Own US Marine Band in Washington DC and is currently Principal Trombone of the Abilene Philharmonic and the Waco Symphony Orchestra in Waco TX.

Jacob Small is a music teacher and trombonist from Houston, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Music from Baylor University in May 2014 and a Masters of Music from Southern Methodist University in May 2016.

Christian Paarup is a trombonist and teacher living and working in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, the San Antonio Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony, the Dallas Winds, the Abilene Philharmonic, and is a founding member of Fort Worth Brass, a chamber ensemble made up of the leading North Texas brass musicians.

The concert will be held outside, so bring a wrap to stay comfortable after the sun goes down. Buses will be available in the parking lot to transport spectators to the venue. Wine and beer will be available for sale.

Tickets are $ 35 and are available at the Downtown Chamber of Commerce, Choke Cherry Tree, Airport Storage, and online at They are also available at the door.

We want to ensure the safety of our patrons and musicians in this time of pandemic. If you are vaccinated, masks are optional. However, if you have chosen not to be vaccinated, wearing a mask is respectfully compulsory.

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