ISO principals Beckel, Danforth to perform Tuesday at DePauw

Monday, October 14, 2013
James Beckel

James Beckel and Robert Danforth, both principals with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and members of the DePauw University School of Music faculty, will present a joint concert of music for trombone and horn at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A special feature of the Faculty Select Series program will be the premiere of "Concerto for Trombone" to be performed by the composer, James Beckel, with pianist Gregory Martin.

The program will be given in the Green Center's Thompson Recital Hall on the DePauw campus.

The trombone concerto was written in the summer of 2013 for a joint commission of 20 bands organized by Daniel Baldwin. Tuesday's performance will be the premiere of this work in piano reduction.

"The piece is composed in three movements," explains the composer. "The opening theme, heard in the trombone in the first movement, presents a conflict between the major and minor third keys."

"In a way," Beckel said, "the work represents the conflict between good and evil, religiously and philosophically."

Beckel joined the music faculty at DePauw in 1971.

Danforth, who is featured on works for horn by Rosetti and Hindemith, has taught at DePauw since 1991.

General admission tickets for the Faculty Select Series are $5. Admission for all students, seniors over 65, and youth, 12 years and younger is free thanks to season sponsors Judson and Joyce Green.

To ensure that any person wishing to attend a performance is able to do so, a pay-what-you-can option is available, online and on request.

To purchase tickets, visit, stop by or call the GCPA box office at 658-4827.

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