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Join us for a free 30-minute lecture before each Classics Series concert. These engaging lectures cover the repertoire, composer insights, and secrets from soloists. Please join us for this FREE learning opportunity!
Led by Alasdair Neale, the NHSO tackles two titans of the Classical repertoire: Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn. The concert will open with Grammy-Award winning and Pulitzer Prize nominated composer Joan Tower’s take on the popular Fanfare for the Common Man. The NHSO also introduces violin virtuoso Alexi Kenney, recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant who the NY Times calls “a talent to watch.
Vincent LaMonica; bassoonist, composer, conductor, educator
Vincent enjoys a varied performance career in orchestras, chamber ensembles, wind ensembles, and even British-style brass bands. He is currently a member of the Doclé Reed Quintet, made up of graduated Master’s students from the Bienen School of Music. He has appeared as a soloist with large ensembles on six occassions, most recently including Dana Wilson’s Avatar Concerto for amplified bassoon and chamber wind ensemble at Northwestern University. Vincent serves as a substitute bassoonist and contrabassoonist with the Symphony Orchestras of Springfield (MA), Portland (ME), Albany (NY), Kenosha (WI), and South Bend (IN), the Orchestra of Indian Hill (Littleton, MA) and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
As an advocate of new music, Vincent has commissioned and premiered a diverse array of works as a soloist, chamber musician, and in large ensembles. In April of 2017, Vincent presented a recital of music by living American composers, titled “The Contemporary American Bassoonist,” and he plans to pursue similar projects. Through the Doclé Reed Quintet, Vincent is continuing this work by commissioning new reed quintet repertoire from up-and-coming composers.
Vincent recently complete the Master’s program at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), where he studied under the tutelage of David McGill. His previous teachers have included Nancy Goeres, Margaret Phillips, Ronald Haroutunian, Rebecca Eldredge, and Janet Polk.