GWU to Present Renowned Trumpeter in Concert

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Eric Berlin to Perform Sept. 16 in Blanton Auditorium

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Gardner-Webb University’s School of Performing and Visual Arts will proudly present Eric Berlin, principal trumpet for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, in concert on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

The performance is set for 8 p.m. in Blanton Auditorium, inside Hamrick Hall on the main Gardner-Webb campus in Boiling Springs.  The concert is free and open to the public.

“Eric Berlin is one of the finest living trumpet players today, and he is a consummate artist,” said Dr. Patricia Sparti, professor of music and chair of the music department for the GWU School of Performing and Visual Arts.  “He has played under many of the great conductors of our time.  Everyone should come out and hear him.”

Berlin serves as a teacher of trumpet at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, principal trumpet for the Albany Symphony Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and he is a Yamaha Performing Artist.  He joined the Boston Philharmonic in 1989 as a student, and he has performed with the LA Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and New York Philharmonic orchestras, among other groups.

Selections in his Gardner-Webb concert will include Homage to Emily Dickinson by Jackson Berkey, Catelonia by Richard Peaslee, Concertino by Henri Senee, and Chamber Music VII by Robert Suderburg.  Nadine Shank will accompany Berlin on piano.

Berlin, who attended the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, has been a featured soloist at several recent International Trumpet Guild Conferences.  His latest recording release, Fantastique!, documents works he commissioned and premiered for trumpet and wind ensembles.

More information on the Berlin concert is available by calling the GWU School of Performing and Visual Arts music division at 704-406-4453.

Gardner-Webb is well acquainted with trumpet excellence.  Earlier this year, the GWU Trumpet Ensemble was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2014 National Trumpet Competition in Pennsylvania.  The ensemble was the only one in the Carolinas, and one of just over 20 groups nationwide, to receive the prestigious honor.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704.406.4264 or email servicerequests@gardner-webb.edu with your request.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University offers a comprehensive academic experience that introduces students to the diverse world of ideas and to the people who think them, preparing them for professional success and for productive citizenship.