Tuesday, June 27, 2017 This Week's Paper

Celebrate the 4th with free all-American concert

Fourth of July festivities in Tacoma will get an early start with the fanfare of a trumpet (accompanied by piano) in a free noon concert given by Grammy-nominated pianist Duane Hulbert and his son trumpeter Neil Hulbert.

The hour-long concert is part of the fourth annual Listen Live at Lunch series, held at First Lutheran Church, 524 S. ‘I’ St., on the corner of Wright Park and 6th Avenue.

Featured in the program will be patriotic works by American composers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa, Louis Gottschalk and others.

Duane Hulbert is head of the piano department at the University of Puget Sound; his CD of piano works by Glazunov was nominated for a 2002 Grammy Award. His son Neil is a senior trumpet performance major at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. and is part of the St. Olaf Jazz Band, which was selected as best college jazz band by Downbeat magazine in 2011.

The All-American program includes Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy “Red, White and Blues,” Gottschalk’s “L’Union,” which combines the “Star Spangled Banner,” “Hail Columbia” and “Yankee Doodle, and Vladimir Horowitz’s dazzling arrangement of “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Listen Live at Lunch began in 2009 when First Lutheran Church member Jim Gibson wanted to offer a musical gift to the Wright Park community and allow concertgoers to enjoy the visual and acoustic ambiance of the historic church. When Gibson passed away this past year, his family used memorial gifts to fund the concert series, honoring his long commitment to music at the church. The summer 2012 season is dedicated to Jim Gibson’s memory.

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