Sara and Jordan Summers
After a year and a half of musical silence, the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra is ready and eager to begin its 59th concert season on Sunday, October 31, with brass specialists Sara and Jordan Summers, directors of instrumental music for Marshall Public Schools. . This entry-free concert, underwritten by the Edward Jones offices of Ryan Beumer, Josh Dierking and Derrick Krause, will be held in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium at Bueker Middle School in Marshall and will begin at 2:30 pm. Current COVID-19 guidelines from Marshall Public Schools, masks will be required.
Conductor Kevin Lines has decided that this year’s MPO season, following the lack of live music during the pandemic, should be doubly hometown spirit with a lineup of local shining stars. The theme ?? Twice the music ?? Twice the fun ?? will feature highly regarded Marshall musical duets throughout the season.
âWhile we haven’t learned anything else from 2020 and beyond, we’ve warmly realized that there just isn’t a place like home. Marshall is a unique and underrated center for the small town arts. From the community choir to the municipal band and all the intermediary entities, we have a lot of things we should be proud of and thankful for. Over the years, musicians in Marshall’s hometown have learned, practiced, excelled, and promoted music in a way that puts Marshall and music on the map. We are noticed, established and loved far beyond the city limits. This year will be our year to celebrate the house with great pomp. ??
Sara Summers is the Group Director for Marshall Public Schools. Originally from Marshall, Sara studied trumpet with Keith House and Dr John Perkins, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2008 from Central Methodist University. At CMU, she played solo trumpet and performed as a soloist with highly acclaimed concert, marching and jazz groups, and was a member of the CMU Brass Quintet at the Trumpet Guild International Conference. in 2006. In 2018, Sara was honored to be recognized as Educator of the Year by the Marshall Optimist Club. She is currently president of the Northwest Missouri Bandmasters Association, president-elect of the West-Central Missouri Music Educators Association and vice-president of the Marshall Soccer League.
Jordan Summers is the Orchestra Director and Deputy Group Director for Marshall Public Schools. Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Jordan is an accomplished euphonium performer with a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in euphonium performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Among his accolades, he was a three-year member of the Missouri High School All State Band, principal euphonium of the John Philip Sousa National Honor Band (1997) and member of the Missouri All-Collegiate Band (2000). He has performed extensively in Missouri and Texas, as well as at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC, as well as the International Trombone Festival in Boulder, Colorado.
Sunday’s concert will feature Ms. Summers performing ?? Concert Etude, Op. 49 ?? by Alexandre Goedicke. While not necessarily known by title, this fast-paced, fun, and technically challenging piece is quite familiar to serious trumpeters and their audiences. Its quick dual-language note passages paired with its sung melodies make this work a programming favorite.
Unlike the rousing trumpet solo, Summers chose a work originally written as a movement from a double bass concerto by Italian composer and violinist Antonio Capuzzi (1755-1818). ??Andante,?? edited by Philip Catelinet, can be played on euphonium, bass trombone or tuba. Capuzzi’s music was very popular in his day, but unfortunately much of his work has been lost or forgotten. This particular concerto has somehow survived and has been found in the British Museum and is his only remaining work performed with any regularity today.
In addition to a Verdi duo played by the Summers, Conductor Lines wants to give a musical nod to the Halloween party on Sunday. The concert will open with an orchestral version by JS Bach ?? s ?? Toccata and Fugue in D minor ?? and will be punctuated by Gounod ?? s ?? Funeral march of a puppet. ?? Among other Halloween memorabilia, these two selections are sure to conjure up images from the famous musical ?? Phantom of the Opera ?? and the 1950s Alfred Hitchcock television anthology series.
MPO’s Board of Directors encourages the entire community to come support and celebrate your local musicians for this special reopening season. This event is suitable for participants of all ages.