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Respighi: "Fountains of Rome" and tubist Aubrey Foard
Presented by: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 & 20
WHERE: Clay Center
TICKETS: $13 to $67
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.wvsymphony.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tubist Aubrey Foard usually sits in the back row of the orchestra, where he produces warm, low notes that provide a foundation on which the other musicians add the melody. He'll take center stage Friday and Saturday when he solos with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in pieces written to showcase the tuba.
Composers don't often feature tubas in orchestral music, but Ralph Vaughn Williams and John Williams both did just that when they wrote concertos for the instrument. Foard will sit beside Maestro Grant Cooper's podium to perform their concertos that showcase the range of the tuba, both in notes and style.
Foard hopes to use his front row spot to broaden the perception some people have of tubas as oompah and marching band instruments.
"The tuba can produce anything from a brassy angry sound used effectively in big dark orchestral pieces to high ethereal notes in melodies, " he said. The tuba's range is extensive, from four to five octaves, compared to about three or four produced by many other instruments.