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Peter and the Wolf

03/05/2016   7:30 pm

Centennial Performing Arts Center

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The Symphony, with narrator Mark Johnson, performs the timeless classic “Peter and the Wolf” by Prokofiev – featuring a duck (oboe), a cat (clarinet), a wolf (French horns), Peter (strings) and other beloved characters. The Symphony’s timpanist, Matthew Crane, is the soloist for Ney Rosauro’s “Concerto for Timpani and String Orchestra.” Star Wars’ “The Empire Strikes Back” by John Williams rounds out the program. The Dorsey Music Instrument Petting Zoo opens at 6:30pm for children of all ages.

Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road

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Matthew Crane is the soloist for Ney Rosauro's "Concerto for Timpani and String Orchestra."

Matthew Crane is the soloist for Ney Rosauro’s “Concerto for Timpani and String Orchestra.”

We are excited to feature the Symphony’s timpanist, Matthew Crane, at our March 5th concert. Matthew will perform Ney Rosauro’s Concerto for Timpani and String Orchestra, with guest conductor Craig Purdy.

This is Matthew’s second full season with the orchestra. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and currently is the personnel manager for the Boise Philharmonic. He also works as freelance percussionist/drummer who performs throughout the Treasure Valley, and sells commercial wood-finishes such as stains and lacquers. We asked Matthew a few more questions. Here are his responses:

Tell us about the piece you’ll be performing.

The Rosauro Timpani Concerto is a fairly recent addition to a growing number of concertos for timpani. Jim Ogle (the orchestra’s artistic director) and I listened to a lot of concertos before deciding that this one would be enjoyable for the orchestra, the audience, and myself.

One of the reasons that I love this piece is that Rosauro brings out the melodic nature of the timpani and really hones in on the fact that timpani can be used to play musical lines. A lot of people do not realize that timpani can be used in the way that we are highlighting.

What do you like about percussion instruments, and who have you studied with?

Timpani is definitely my passion. When I am listening to an orchestra play, the first sound that jumps out at me is the timpani. I can tell whether I will like the performance, or not,  just by hearing the timpani player.

There is a lot of power behind these drums but there is also a delicate beautiful nature that a lot of people neglect. I play most percussion instruments and occasionally you can find me playing a keyboard instrument or bass-guitar (not stand-up; just keep that away from me.)

Right now I study with George Brown, timpanist for the Utah Symphony, and Bill Shaltis, timpanist for the Boise Philharmonic. I have studied percussion with John Baldwin, Boise State University/Boise Philharmonic, and drums with James Harrison.

 What career do you aspire to?

My career goal is to play music. Hopefully someday I will be playing timpani or percussion in a full-time orchestra and playing drums on the weekend at clubs.

What do you do for fun when you’re not making music?

I do not do much besides work and playing music. Occasionally I can get away to play a round of golf.

What else can you tell us about yourself?

My friends tend to describe me as the ultimate music-nerd. I will/can talk to anyone about music history, education, theory, etc… I fight hard for and advocate for music in our communities and especially our schools. I am Orff-Schulwerk certified and am a huge Pink Floyd fan. I also love cats!

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