Just was noticing that a recent review the Oregon Symphony’s season-closing concerts of Adams and Stravinsky failed to mention Principal trombonist Aaron LaVere’s stunning playing in the incredibly demanding solo in the second movement of the Adams. Well, I noticed, and Aaron played amazingly both nights. Bravo, Aaron!!

which of these doesn’t belong?

We in the little ‘viola nook’ behind stage left at our hall have a running joke about one of our frequent trombone subs, Henry Henniger, who looks a lot like our bass trombonist, Charles Reneau, known as ‘Charley’.  It took some of us a long time to get Henry’s name right, so we just called him ‘Not Charley’ for a while, and it almost stuck (some would say it has).  Not long after this occurred, we realized that violist Brian Quincey fit right into the trombone section made up by Charley and Henry.  Take a look at this photo and see if you don’t agree!

Henry, Brian & Charley

It took Brian a few moments of instruction for him to learn to hold the trombone correctly, as seen below:

Photos courtesy of Robert Taylor.

trombone doin’s

Nathan Zgonc

The New York Philharmonic hired a new associate principal trombone this week, but the news for Portlanders is that the other finalist was our very own Nathan Zgonc, son of Larry Zgonc, principal bassist of the Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestra, and Lorely Zgonc, concertmaster of the OBT orchestra and the Portland Opera orchestra.  Nathan is currently the principal trombone of the Sarasota Orchestra.  Take a look at his website here.

Aaron LaVere

Also of interest, the Oregon Symphony’s principal trombone, Aaron LaVere, is taking a sabbatical this coming season and will be playing principal trombone in the Seoul Philharmonic in South Korea.  The music director of the Seoul Philharmonic is the great conductor Myung Whun Chung, so it’s a great opportunity for Aaron – we all wish him a warm bon voyage, and hope to hear many great stories upon his return next year!