This concerto commission project arose from the desire of the friends of trombonist Bill Zehfuss to honor his memory in paying tribute to his love of family & friends, and his love of music. Bill loved playing the trombone and was Principal trombonist of the Charleston Symphony for over 25 seasons (as well additional years in the trombone sections of the symphonies of Hawaii and Utah). He was also a long-time faculty member of the Brevard Music Center. He loved to perform, but nothing made him happier than to just get together with friends and play trios and quartets--whatever group of friends he could gather together. (The trombone ensemble at Brevard was often the highlight of the summer for his students there.)
We wanted to honor that memory by commissioning a Concerto for Low Brass (3 trombones and tuba) from highly-esteemed composer James Stephenson. Jim not only knew Bill, but also worked with him at the Charleston Symphony: first as a trumpeter, then as a composer, arranger and guest conductor (in the months before Bill's sudden passing). We think this low brass concerto honors Bill in a unique way: creating a concerto Bill would have loved playing with his best friends, written by another friend. We hope to be able to fund the creation of a masterful concerto, from a much sought-after composer, that will celebrate Bill and his love of all things low brass.
Risks and challenges
We are thrilled to announce that the Minnesota Orchestra has agreed to partner in offering the world premiere of the Jim Stephenson Concerto for Low Brass. We are still working through details on exact premiere date and season. Having this commission entirely funded by the friends of Bill Zehfuss, opened the door for orchestras who are interested in performing this unique work (but would otherwise be unable to afford the commission fee). Once the money is raised, we can begin to interest additional orchestras in programming the piece. $15,000 is a very reasonable amount for a 3-movement, full-length concerto, and something that can be accomplished by having Bill's very large group of friends join together to raise the money. No donation amount is too small, and every dollar is greatly appreciated. Let's do this for Bill!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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