Redlands Symphony Presents the World Premiere of Award-Winning Composer Lalo Schifrin's New Tuba Concerto
Ransom Wilson leads the Redlands Symphony in the world's first performance of Lalo Schifrin's new tuba concerto, performed by Gene Pokorny, on March 3.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 30, 2018
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THE REDLANDS SYMPHONY PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER LALO SCHIFRIN’S NEW TUBA CONCERTO
New Work to be Performed by Gene Pokorny, Principal Tuba for the Chicago Symphony – Saturday, March 3, 2018
REDLANDS, CA –Maestro Ransom Wilson will conduct the Redlands Symphony when the orchestra presents the World Premiere of a new concerto for tuba, written by world-renowned composer Lalo Schifrin. The new concerto will be performed by Gene Pokorny, principal tubist of the Chicago Symphony. The concert is Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Redlands. The concert begins at 8 PM. Doors open at 7 PM, and Maestro Wilson will present a pre-concert talk that begins at 7:15 PM. Tickets starting at $15 are available at www.redlandssymphony.com or by calling the box office at (909) 587-5565.
“This will be an historic music event,” says Maestro Wilson. “Not only will Redlands Symphony be presenting the premiere of a new work by one of the best-known living American composers, but it will be performed by Gene Pokorny, known as one of the world’s most accomplished tuba players. It doesn’t get much better!”
The program also includes G.F. HANDEL’S Concerto Grosso in D major, HWV 323; Symphony No. 104 in D major by Franz Joseph HAYDN and Ancient Airs and Dances,Suite 1 by Ottorino RESPIGHI. The evening ends with the Mission: Impossible Theme, also by Lalo SCHIFRIN.
Lalo Schifrin is a true Renaissance man. While possibly best known as composer of the iconic Theme from Mission: Impossible, as a pianist, composer and conductor, Maestro Schifrin is equally at home conducting a symphony orchestra, performing at an international jazz festival, scoring a film or television show, or creating works for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and even The Sultan of Oman.
As a young man in his native Argentina, Lalo Schifrin received classical training in music and studied law. He came from a musical family, and his father, Luis Schifrin, was the concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon.
Maestro Schifrin continued his formal music education at the Paris Conservatory during the early 1950s, studying with numerous teachers, including famed composer Olivier Messiaen. Simultaneously, he became a professional jazz pianist, composer and arranger, playing and recording in Europe.
“It came to my attention in my early musical curiosity,” explains Maestro Schifrin in the notes he prepared for this concert, “that the tuba was generally used as a resounding instrument to mark the strong bass that rhythmically helped the rhythm of marches and common popular music of the time. In my inner ear, I was hearing a different sense, due to the fact that I asked some virtuosi of the instrument to experiment with me in a melodic and linear way. This is why I decided to write a Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra.”
He has written more than 100 scores for films and television. Among the classic scores are Mission: Impossible, Mannix, The Fox, “Cool Hand Luke,” “Bullitt,” “Dirty Harry,” “The Cincinnati Kid” and “Amityville Horror.” Recent film scores include “Tango,” “Rush Hour,” “Rush Hour 2,” “Rush Hour 3,” “Bringing Down The House,” “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” “After the Sunset,” and “Abominable.”
Schifrin’s music is a synthesis of traditional and twentieth-century techniques, and his early love for jazz and rhythm are strong attributes of his style. Invocations, Concerto for Double Bass, Piano Concertos No. 1 and No. 2, Pulsations, Tropicos, La Nouvelle Orleans, and Resonances are examples of this tendency to juxtapose universal thoughts with a kind of elaborated primitivism. In the classical composition field, Schifrin has more than 60 works.
On November 8, 2016, Madame Audrey Azoulay, the French Minister of Culture, presented Mr. Schifrin with their prestigious Commander of Arts and Letters. “Words cannot express my gratitude to the French Minister of Culture for this recognition. I feel overwhelmed by this distinction and it humbles me.” Mr. Schifrin was previously named a Chevalier of Arts and Letters.
The Cinematheque Festival honored Mr. Schifrin’s contribution to the movies, including screenings of “Cool Hand Luke”, “Coogan’s Bluff”, “Bullitt” and “Dirty Harry”. The festival ran from November 9-14, 2016.
The same week, the Festival du Cinema & Musique de Film de la Baule also had screening films from Schifrin’s catalog. On November 12, the la Baule Festival paid tribute to Schifrin as part of their Cine-Concert and awards ceremony.
In February 2017 the theme from Mission: Impossible was entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In November of the same year, The Latin Recording Academy presented Schifrin with their Trustees Award.
Schifrin has been married to his wife, Donna, for more than 40 years. His three children include William, who is a writer for films and television; Frances, who is an art director/designer; and Ryan, who is a film writer/director.
Gene Pokorny, Tuba
Gene Pokorny currently occupies The Arnold Jacobs Principal Tuba Chair, endowed by Christine Querfeld, in the Chicago Symphony.
Mr. Pokorny has been the tuba player in the Chicago Symphony since 1989. He has previously also been the tuba player in the Israel Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition to playing film scores in Hollywood (“Jurassic Park”, “The Fugitive”, etc.), he has played in chamber music, opera orchestras and orchestra festivals worldwide.
Pokorny grew up in a trailer park in Downey, California, about a mile from where the Apollo command modules that first took man to the moon were built. He studied tuba in Southern California with Jeffrey Reynolds, Larry Johansen, Tommy Johnson, and Roger Bobo.
When he isn't counting rests in the back row of the stage of Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Gene teaches throughout the world. This July marks the tenth year of his Pokorny Seminar, held at the University of Redlands (California). Pokorny has several solo and educational CDs of his own and assisted Rolling Stones' trombonist, Michael Davis, in recording several educational workbook/CDs. He received an Outstanding Alumnus Award and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Southern California and the University of Redlands, respectively.
Gene is a member of the Union Pacific (Railroad) Historical Society and spends time as a “foamer” (watching and chasing trains). He is a card-carrying member of The Three Stooges Fan Club (a “victim of soicumstances!”) and is an avid enthusiast of his good friend David “Red” Lehr, the greatest Dixieland sousaphonist in the known universe.
Gene, his wife Beth Lodal and their basset hounds, regularly forage from their refrigerator, which is in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.
Single tickets starting at $15 are available at the door on concert night, online at www.redlandssymphony.com or by calling the symphony box office at (909) 587-5565. Redlands Symphony also offers its Symphony Select card for $159. A Symphony Select card provides six tickets in the best seats available (excluding Golden Circle) at any concert on any date. Card holders can use two tickets per concert, all at once, or in any other combination. Subscription information is available at www.redlandssymphony.com or by calling the box office at (909) 587-5565.
THE REDLANDS SYSMPHONY PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE of a new work by American composer Lalo Schifrin at its concert on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Redlands. Maestro Ransom Wilson will conduct. The new concerto will be performed by Gene Pokorny, principal tubist of the Chicago Symphony. The program also includes G.F. HANDEL’S Concerto Grosso in D major, HWV 323; Symphony No. 104 in D major by Franz Joseph HAYDN and Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite 1 by Ottorino RESPIGHI. The evening ends with the Mission: Impossible Theme, also by Lalo SCHIFRIN. The concert begins at 8 PM. Doors open at 7 PM, and Maestro Wilson will present a pre-concert talk that begins at 7:15 PM. Tickets starting at $15 are available at www.redlandssymphony.com or by calling the box office at (909) 587-5565.