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Free concert features internationally recognized artists

by Tonya Durlach

Sept. 1, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--Internationally recognized trumpeter Alan Siebert and pianist Sandra Rivers will perform at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University.

The concert is open to the public free of charge. Selections to be performed include: Giovanni Viviani's "Sonata Prima," Pierre Gabaye's "Feu d'Artifice," Manuel DeFalla's selections from "Suite of Spanish Dances," Leonard Bernstein's "A Simple Song" and a solo piano piece by Frederic Chopin. The duo also will perform the Michigan premiere of Gordon Goodwin's Sonata for Trumpet and Piano--a new work that is the result of a consortium grant commission.

Siebert has performed throughout much of the United States as a trumpet soloist and educator. He has also performed and recorded as a member of Summit Brass, Carillon Brass, Kentuckiana, the San Diego Brass Consort and the trumpet-organ duo, Hornpipes. A firm supporter of new American music, he has commissioned and premiered many new works for solo trumpet and mixed brass ensembles. He is co-author of Teaching Brass, published by McGraw-Hill, now in its second edition.

In addition to performing extensively throughout the United States, Rivers has appeared on stage in Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, Russia, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. She has appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Tanglewood, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Aspen, the Kennedy Center and on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center. She has worked with such noted conductors as Arthur Fiedler, Anshel Brushilow, Jean Morel, Isaiah Jackson, Michael Morgan and Keith Lockhart. In addition to her solo career, she has become widely known for her concert partnerships with many of the world's leading soloists, including Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle, Kyung-Wha Chung, Anne Akiko Meyers, Elmar Oliveira, Cho-Liang Lin, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Her collaborations with Salerno-Sonnenberg and Chang have twice taken her to the "Tonight Show." She is a Steinway Artist and has recorded for EMI/Angel, CBS Masterworks, RCA Victor Red Seal, Teldec, Pony Canyon, Musical Heritage and Zafiro.

Both artists are faculty members at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

For more information, visit or contact Matt Jensen in the WMU School of Music at or (269) 387-4678.