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Special Memories from the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Sections

Sep 13, 2021 | Musicians
Woodwinds

Laurie Eastburn Bayon (flute): As part of the Eastburn clan, playing in the BCSO has often been a family affair; my father (oboe), mother (flute), brothers (clarinet and piano/percussion), sister (violin), son (trumpet) and nephew (bass) all have played in or with the orchestra at one time or another.

Stephanie Derham (oboe): Some of my favorite memories with the BCSO were performing musical works that had great English horn solos in them, especially Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Franck’s Symphony in D Minor, and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major.

Barry Bilowitz (clarinet): Daphnis and Chloe. The most difficult of all parts for Bass Clarinet. I practiced it for 3 months prior to the concert. Must say I was proud of how I did! When I asked my wife how she thought I did, she responded, “couldn’t hear any of it…too much else going on.”

Andrea Maurer (flute): Special memory of the orchestra is playing Daphnis and Chloe, one of my favorite compositions.

Special Memories from the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Sections

Special Memories from the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Sections

Brass

Patrick McIsaac (trombone): Performing Mozart’s Requiem with the CB East HS Choir was a real treat.

Jim McIlvaine (French horn): Performing under Gary’s direction, especially Beethoven & Mahler.

Steve Sweetsir (French horn): performing Mahler 1 and 4, Richard Strauss tone poems–so much great literature with Gary Fagin.

Colleen Sweetsir (French horn): My mountaintop BCSO experience was accompanying guest soloist, Adam Unsworth (Philadelphia Orchestra French hornist), as he masterfully performed a Mozart horn concerto and a jazz chart arranged by our own, Maestro Fagin! Totally awesome!

Stephen Troy (trombone): Playing alto trombone on the Mozart Requiem

Special Memories from the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Sections

Special Memories from the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Sections

Percussion

Brian Richardson (timpani): Beethoven 9th performance celebrating 10 years with Gary Fagin as Maestro; Holst: The Planets; Sibelius Violin Concerto with Elizabeth Pitcairn; Mahler Symphony #1.

Cheryl Cunningham (harp): My first contact with BCSO was way back in the 1970s, when I competed in BCSO’s Youth Concerto Competition, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 in C Major, K 467, “Elvira Madigan”.

Keith Wilson (percussion): I think one of the best things about being a member with the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra is performing alongside of some great percussionist in an amazing percussion section. A couple my favorite concerts are the Family Concert of 2019 and the Spring Concert in 2019, playing Petrouchka.

Special Memories from the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Sections

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