Allen Vizzutti – Missoula native and trumpeter extraordinaire – joins String Orchestra of the Rockies in “Sound the Trumpet,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the University of Montana Music Recital Hall in Missoula.
Critical Jazz describes Vizzutti as “the real deal, a virtuoso performer quietly going about the business of making some of the finest music on record.” The program includes Handel’s Concerto Grosso in D major; Alexandre Tansman’s Variations on a Theme of Frescobaldi; Johann Wilhelm Hertel’s Concerto No. 1 in Eb for piccolo trumpet, harpsichord and strings; and Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City” for English horn, trumpet and strings.
In addition, the concert includes a Vizzutti original, “Nine Black Riders,” composed for trumpet, piano and strings, and his arrangement of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for trumpet, piano and strings as a tribute to his father, Lido, who handed him the instrument when he was 7 and was his first teacher. His wife, pianist Laura Vizzutti, will accompany him on some pieces.
Vizzutti has since visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, Doc Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, and orchestras around the world.
The SOR is the only professional ensemble of its kind in Montana and draws upon the talents of the finest string players in the Big Sky Country. For tickets, call 888-666-8262 or order online at www.griztix.com; visit www.sormt.org for details.
Vizzutti also teams up with the UM Jazz Ensemble for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Hellgate High School; the Repertory Jazz Band and Hellgate High Jazz Band also perform; call 406-243-4581.