Guest conductor to take the lead at symphony orchestra's 'Trumpets'

info@islandpacket.comOctober 16, 2011 

Special to the Packet and Gazette

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Sean Newhouse presents "Trumpets Resound" -- the first concert of its new Light Classics series featuring trumpet soloists Paul Lott and Michael Smith -- at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. The performance includes Wolfgang Mozart's suite of fanfares, which contains the "Masterpiece Theatre Theme," and Antonio Vivaldi's double concerto.

Newhouse made an acclaimed last-minute debut with the Boston Symphony in February 2011, conducting Mahler's "Ninth Symphony" in place of James Levine. Newhouse also stepped in for Mario Venzago to open the 2008 Indianapolis Symphony season. He is the first American-born conductor in 15 years to be appointed assistant conductor to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position he took in 2010 at the invitation of Maestro Levine. Newhouse began his career by winning the position of music director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles. Later he spent two seasons as associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Trumpet soloists Paul Lott and Michael Smith are members of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Principal trumpet Paul Lott received much of his musical training at Florida State University.

He has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in the South and has also played with jazz greats. He has been a member of the Savannah Jazz Orchestra for nearly 10 years. Second trumpet Michael Smith has been a member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, currently serving as principal trumpet.

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