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Festival of New Trumpet Music featuring Dave Douglas, New York

Dave Douglas

This was the first of two evenings of music curated and conducted by former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra trumpeter Mark Gould as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music. In his opening remarks, Gould explained that his goal was to combine classical music with improvisation.

The real draw for the night was the U.S. premiere of Dave Douglas’ “Blue Latitudes” (Douglas is pictured), an hour-long piece for orchestra and jazz trio based on the exploits of doomed 18th-century explorer Captain James Cook. That work more than met expectations, proving a deep and revelatory musical experience, but the first half of the concert offered two shorter compositions, quite different but both engaging.

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