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Symphony of the Vines, North County's orchestra, is proud to present The Russian Connection, featuring Paul Merkelo, solo trumpet of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Robert Cassidy, piano. This full orchestra concert showcases composers at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music in Russia including Shostakovich's "Concerto for Trumpet and Piano with Orchestra."

Internationally-renowned trumpet player, Paul Merkelo, and virtuoso pianist, Robert Cassidy, will be featured during The Russian Connection symphony concert on Sunday, January 6, 3 - 5pm, at the Atascadero United Methodist Church.

Greg Magie, Conductor of the Symphony of the Vines Orchestra, performed in a brass quintet with Merkelo while they were students at the Eastman School of Music in New York. “He was impressive to perform with twenty years ago,” Magie remembers. “Today, Paul has become one of the great trumpet players of our generation.”

The Russian Connection features “Concerto for Piano and Trumpet with Orchestra” written by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in 1933.

Paul Merkelo has been the Solo Trumpet of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra since 1995. He has played with orchestras throughout the United States, and extensively toured North and South America, Europe, Russia and Asia. He made his New York debut at Lincoln Center with the New World Symphony and Michael Tilson in 1998.

Cassidy has a doctorate in piano chamber music and performance from Ball State University. He teaches master classes, workshops and maintains a private studio at The Music of the West in Santa Barbara.

This program centers around the composers at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music in Russia. Alexander Glazunov was the teacher of Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev.


PROKOFIEV Overture on Hebrew Themes
SHOSTAKOVICH Trumpet Concert

PROKOFIEVSymphony No. 1, "Classical"

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Atascadero United Methodist Church
11605 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422
(805) 466-2566
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Symphony of the Vines

P.O. Box 2848
Paso Robles, CA 93447
(805) 235-0687

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