Join the RHSO Brass Quintet for a two-part LIVE outdoor concert series, Symphony in the Park. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an afternoon filled with upbeat classic selections featuring music by Bach, Handel, Wagner, Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington.
This FREE event is open to the public.
Face masks are required and social distancing is recommended.
William Anonie has played Principal Trumpet in the Rock Hill Symphony and has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Wichita Grand Opera, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Florence Symphony, and Aiken Symphony. He holds a DMA degree from the University of South Carolina and has previously held the position of Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Carolina Aiken. He has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at USC Columbia, and at Wichita State University. While in Kansas, Dr. Anonie was Second Trumpet in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Anonie has performed in Italy, Spain, Canada, and Taiwan. As an early music advocate, he performs regularly on natural trumpet, cornetto, and recorder. His teachers include David Hickman and James Ackley.
Marisa Youngs, currently on the faculty at Winthrop University, has performed as a soloist and in various ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Dr. Youngs has worked with renowned conductors, including Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, and H. Robert Reynolds and has performed in historic venues such as Boston’s Symphony Hall, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Youngs holds a DMA in Trumpet Performance from the University of Kentucky, MM in Trumpet Performance from Boston University, and BS in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Eric Gilfus began studying piano at the age of six and within a year he performed his first recital. He fell in love with the horn when he was 12 and continues a deep and happy relationship with this instrument today. Eric Gilfus is a proponent of new music and is constantly working to incorporate horn into other styles of music not typical to the horn such as folk, rock, blues, and jazz in addition to his main focus of classical music. Eric enjoys performing in local outreach programs and works as a clinician, coach, and as a theory teacher at the Eastern U.S. Music Camp in upstate New York. He recently pursued a MM degree and a Performance Diploma at Indiana University in Bloomington. A member of the Rock Hill Symphony, Eric lives in Columbia, SC.
Justin Isenhour began playing trombone in his public school's sixth grade band. He now performs in a wide variety of genres including classical, jazz, and commercial music. He is currently Principal Trombonist with the Opera Carolina Orchestra and the Rock Hill Symphony. Dr. Isenhour is a former member of the Arkansas Symphony and has performed with the Charlotte Symphony, Augusta Symphony, The Blumenthal Theater, Greeley Philharmonic, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. In addition to his performance work, Justin is an Associate Professor of Music at Winthrop University.
Douglas Black is the Tuba and Euphonium Professor at Winthrop University and is also on the music faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of South Carolina. He is the acting Principal Tuba in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Principal Tuba of the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Durham Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Aiken Symphony Orchestra, and the Charlotte Civic Orchestra. Doug received a BM degree from the University of South Carolina, a MM degree in Tuba Performance from Illinois State University, and a DMA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Soloist: Peter Stumpf, Cello
Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville
Elgar: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”)
Don’t miss a chance to hear Peter Stumpf, former Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic opening the season performing the moving and passionate Elgar Concerto. The night will close with Mendelssohn’s inspired and evocative “Scottish” Symphony.
Admission: Starting at $25
Soloist sponsored by Anne Violanti & John Krenitsky
Peter Stumpf is professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to his appointment, he was principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Stumpf's tenure in Los Angeles followed 12 years as associate principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. His professional orchestral career began at the age of 16 when he joined the cello section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He received a bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an Artist's Diploma from the New England Conservatory.
A dedicated chamber music musician, he is a member of the Johannes String Quartet and has appeared on the chamber music series at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the Boston Celebrity Series, the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Casals Hall in Tokyo, and at the concert halls of Cologne. He has performed with the chamber music societies of Boston and Philadelphia and at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico as well as the Festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Bridgehampton, Ottawa, Great Lakes, Ojai, Spoleto, and Aspen. He has toured with Music from Marlboro, the Casals Hall Ensemble in Japan, and with pianist Mitsuko Uchida in performances of the complete Mozart Piano Trios.
He has collaborated with pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Emmanuel Ax, Jorge Bolet, Yefim Bronfman, Radu Lupu, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Andras Schiff, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Mitsuko Uchida, and with the Emerson and Guarneri String Quartets. Most recently, the Johannes Quartet has collaborated with the Guarneri Quartet on tour in performances including commissions from composers William Bolcom and Esa Pekka Salonen.
Concerto appearances have been with the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, the Vermont Symphony, the Connecticut String Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the American Youth Symphony, and at the Aspen Music Festival. As a recitalist, he has performed at the Universities of Hartford, Syracuse, and Delaware, at Jordan Hall in Boston, and at the Philips and Corcoran Galleries in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he performed the Six Suites for Solo Cello by J. S. Bach on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Series and on the Chamber Music in Historic Sites Series in Los Angeles.
His awards include first prize in the Washington International Competition, the Graham-Stahl Competition, and the Aspen Concerto Competition and second prize in the Evian International String Quartet Competition.
As a former member of the Boston Musica Viva, he has explored extended techniques, including microtonal compositions and numerous premieres. As a teacher, he has served on the cello faculty of the University of Southern California, Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, the New England Conservatory, and guest artist faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music as well as at the Yellow Barn Music Festival and the Musicorda Summer String Program.
He has conducted master classes at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, Iowa and Pennsylvania State Universities, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Seoul National University, Temple University, and at the Universities of Delaware and Michigan.
Soloist: Clayton Stephenson, Piano
Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Copland: Suite from Billy the Kid
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Gershwin: Piano Concerto
Come enjoy a beautiful depiction of America with a thrilling program of orchestral masterworks followed by a powerful piano concerto featuring the renowned Clayton Stephenson.
Admission: Starting at $25
Clayton Stephenson was admitted into the Juilliard Pre-College at age ten. Stephenson is also prize winner of the 2016 Cooper International Competition and 2015 Van Cliburn Junior International Competition. Stephenson is a proud recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship.
Stephenson is currently a dual degree major at Harvard as an Economics major and New England Conservatory as a Master of Music major in Piano.
Highlights of Stephenson's burgeoning career include recitals at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Beethoven Fest Bad Kissinger, Beethoven Fest in Bonn, Star and Rising Star in Munich, and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Stephenson’s orchestral performances includes Chicago Sinfonietta Season Opening Concert at Chicago’s Symphony Center, the Colour of Music Festival Gala Concert at Charleston Gaillard Center, the Midwest Young Artists Symphony at the Ravinia Festival and Chicago’s Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion, and with the International Youth Orchestra at the United Nations General Assembly Hall on the 69th U.N. Day. Stephenson appeared at “Grammy Salute to Classical Music” Concert, Carnegie Stern Auditorium.
Stephenson participated in the 2019 Music Academy of the West Summer Festival in Santa Barbara CA:
Recital in Hahn Hall, Santa Barbara CA
August 20, 2019
Stephenson was the featured solo artist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony September, 2019 and with the Augusta Symphony in January, 2020. Immediate future engagements for Stephenson include concerts MN and MS with the Duluth Superior and Meridian Symphonies, respectively.
Clayton Stephenson has participated in master classes with John Perry, Julian Martin, Krzusztof Jablonski, André Laplante, Mark Durand, Lee Kum-Sing, and Frank Levy, among others.
Fluent in the Mandarin Chinese language, Stephenson's extra curricular study is Jazz at the Boys’ Club of New York and he devotes himself to sharing his knowledge and good fortune with underprivileged children in East Harlem.
Classic film scores by John Williams, Richard Rodgers, Bernard Hermann and others.
The season comes to a close with our much anticipated Pops concert, Music from the Movies. Be sure to experience this dazzling showcase paying tribute to classic film scores that are sure to excite audiences of all ages.
Admission: Starting at $25
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