The internationally acclaimed New York Trumpet Ensemble, directed by legendary trumpeter Mark Gould, will perform on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in The University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center. Admission is free and the performance is open to the public.
The New York Trumpet Ensemble was formed and founded in 1974 by Gerard Schwarz in order to record its first of many recordings, "A Festival of Trumpets," for NoneSuch records. It was the first recording of many newly discovered works for multiple trumpets by Heinrich Bieber, Samuel Scheidt, Giovanni Gabrieli and other baroque era composers.
In the 1990s Gould assumed the leadership of the ensemble and changed the direction of the music. In 1991, the New York Trumpet Ensemble recorded "Trumpets In Stride" (Summit Records; iTunes) and a new era was born.
The ensemble is known for demonstrating great versatility in its performances of both classical and jazz music, with a variety of programs encompassing a wide range of musical styles and genres ranging from Hoagy Carmichael and Duke Ellington to Herbert L. Clarke and Palestrina.
An acclaimed trumpeter, Gould served as principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera from 1974 to 2003. An active soloist and conductor, he has conducted and performed with a wide variety of orchestras, wind groups and other ensembles. He has also performed as a chamber musician with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The MET Chamber Ensemble, Empire Brass, Canadian Brass, Summit Brass and many others. Gould has performed as a soloist on many recordings, most recently “Café 1930,” an album of trumpet and guitar music on the Angel/EMI label. As principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, he performed in more than 40 “Live from Lincoln Center” performances on PBS and numerous audio recordings of operas and symphonic works under the direction of James Levine, including a number of Grammy Award-winning recordings.
Gould serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music. He also co-founded and co-directs the Scranton Brass Orchestra, which is sponsored by the University and is comprised of professional brass and percussion players from throughout the region.