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Farrell Violin Concerto & Verhelst Concertino for Trombone and Strings

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Trinity Presbyterian Church

3201 Hillsboro Pike

Nashville, TN 37215

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Join us for an free, intimate concerto featuring violin soloist Jessica Blackwell performing Chris Farrell's Violin Concerto conducted by Chris Norton. Followed by trombonist Jonathan Warburton performing the Concertino for Trombone and Strings by Steven Verhelst, Gabrielle Lewis Conducting.

Christopher Farrell, who plays Viola for the Nashville Symphony, composed his Violin Concerto specifically for Jessica Blackwell (2nd Violin with the Nashville Symphony), who will perform the composition on October 7.

Farrell explains, "Each movement draws upon the spirit of pieces by Sibelius, Barber, and Prokofiev, especially the lyrical voice of the violin. There are three movements to the piece, in the traditional fast, slow, and fast format. I attempt to write pieces that are modern and yet listenable. I hope that my music is interesting to the seasoned concert goer as well as someone who has never heard a classical piece before."

Jessica describes her enjoyment of the Farrell Violin Concerto, "I have had the privilege of playing Chris Farrell's Violin Concerto several times, and I never tire of performing it. One of Chris's many contributions as an exceptional composer is his ability to write gorgeous, touching, memorable melodies, and this is one thing that draws me to his music. As a musician who plays a good amount of 21st century music, I don't find a lot of it containing beautiful melodies, and so it's really a pleasure to play and listen to Chris's music. His concerto is full of interesting harmonies and turns, but never does it feel inaccessible, the way some music of today can feel. I enjoy playing his music so much, and always feel satisfied and inspired after doing so."

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