Boston Brass is celebrating its 25th anniversary by seeking out local composers at each of their tour stops. Riverside Fine Arts joined the search and asked area musicians and composers to submit a short fanfare to premier at our December 9th concert. Michael Hosford, Gary Smart, and Piotr Szewczyk submitted scores. Boston Brass picked a winner, and Jacksonville is now going to have the opportunity to hear MICHAEL HOSFORD’S composition played LIVE at the concert.
Michael Hosford (b. 1969) is from Woodbine, Maryland. He studied at Oberlin Conservatory with trombonist/composer Raymond Premru and at Aspen Music Festival with composer Charles Jones, later moving to New York to complete Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in trombone performance at the Juilliard School.
In New York, he spent eleven years as a freelancer, performing with such world-class ensembles as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, and for the Broadway productions of The King and I, 1776, Candide, Les Miserables, The Music Man, Parade, and The Lion King.
Mr. Hosford has been a member of the New Haven Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, and the Saturday Brass Quintet, and he served provisionally as 2nd Trombone in the Jacksonville Symphony from November 2005 through December 2006.
Currently he is Principal Trombone and Orchestra Librarian of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Assistant Principal Trombone of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, and an active freelancer, performing with orchestras including the Charleston Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Savannah Philharmonic.
Alongside his performing career, he has been composing and arranging music since he was 13. His works range from solo to symphonic, but he enjoys writing odd little pieces for odd little groups of instruments. His concert music has been performed at Lincoln Center and broadcast on WNCN radio in New York City, and his brass fanfares have been heard on Young People’s Concerts at the Colorado Music Festival and have inspired (or at least awakened) patrons on opening nights at the Sarasota Opera. Locally his music has been performed on the Friday Musicale and San Marco Chamber Music Society series. He and his wife have lived in Murray Hill Heights for almost 9 years, and she (Karen Pommerich) is a violinist who plays in the Jacksonville Symphony and other orchestras.
A brief fanfare composed for Boston Brass, Argentum is named after silver (the noble metal’s chemical symbol, Ag, is an abbreviation of this Latin word). Silver, of course, is a traditional gift for 25th anniversaries. This piece is an attempt to evoke the glitter and worth of the precious metal and embody the celebratory spirit, both of Boston Brass’ silver anniversary and of the season.