Classical Concert November 5-6, 2022

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Classical Concert November 5-6, 2022

Featuring Guest Soloist Trumpet Virtuoso Craig Morris

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra USA's 2022/23 season continues on November 5 and 6 with guest soloist trumpet virtuoso Craig Morris. Under the baton of Maestro Salvador Brotons, Morris will perform Haydns stately Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major and Krzysztof Pendereckis stirring Concertino for Trumpet and Orchestra. Also on the program are two works by Beethoven, his Egmont Overture, written for the dramatic and rousing play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and the great Symphony No. 5, often regarded as one of the greatest and most beloved classical works of all time. The performances will be hosted by guest presenter Marcos Najera of Oregon Public Broadcasting.

In 2019 Morris received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his album Three Pieces in the Shape of a Square, featuring the music of Philip Glass, and has recently premiered major pieces by two leading American composers, Joel Puckett and Michael Daugherty. Currently based in Miami, Florida, Craig Morris is the Trumpet Professor at the Frost School of Music.

Following the continued popularity of the live stream for all symphonic concerts, the VSO will continue to offer the option of viewing the program live from home. Virtual-only tickets are available, and all in person ticket holders will have the option of viewing virtually. Season subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now.

The Saturday performance at Skyview Concert Hall will begin at 7:00 pm, with the celebrated VSO pre-concert show Da Capo, hosted by VSO Podcast host Ashley Johnson and VSO trombonist Greg Scholl, airing only on the live stream at 6:30 pm. During intermission the live stream will feature special video programming including an interview with Mr. Morris. The Sunday performance will begin at 3:00 pm, with the virtual live stream programming beginning at 2:30.

What: VSO November Classical Concert

When: Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 7 pm (in-person pre-concert talk at 6:00 pm) and Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 3 pm (in-person pre-concert show at 2:00 pm)
Where: Skyview Concert Hall at 1300 NW 139th St, Vancouver, WA 98685 (Get Directions), or the VSO Virtual Concert Hall


Streamed live
to your viewing devices on the VSO website.
When: Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 7 pm (virtual pre-concert program begins at 6:30 pm) and Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 3 pm (virtual pre-concert program begins at 2:30 pm)

Tickets: Free with season subscription. Available online here or by calling (360) 735-7278

Safety Precautions

At this time, the VSO will not require face coverings for the concert.

About Craig Morris

Craig Morris is a versatile performer well versed in all classical genres of music from Baroque to Contemporary. Regarded as a leading proponent for new music and original programming, Morris received a 2019 Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his album Three Pieces in the Shape of a Square, featuring the music of Philip Glass. Craig Morris has also recently premiered major pieces by two leading American composers: a major new concerto by Joel Puckett titled The Fifteenth Night of the Moon and also The Lightning Fields, a major new work for trumpet and piano by Michael Daugherty. Morris is also featured in two solo recordings on the Naxos label: Concerto for Trumpet and Winds by Thom Sleeper on the album Reflections (another piece that was written for Morris), and his acclaimed debut solo album Permit Me Voyage, featuring his own original transcriptions of Debussy, Schumann, Brahms, and Barber.

Mr. Morris has an active recital touring schedule and has been featured as a soloist with ensembles and festivals around the world, including appearances with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Miami Bach Society, and numerous university wind ensembles including the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, the University of North Texas Wind Ensemble, and the Frost School of Music Wind Ensemble. Morris performed his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, performing Andre Jolivets demanding Concerto No. 2. In 2018 Morris was a featured concerto soloist at the National Trumpet Competition, performing Thom Sleepers Concerto for Trumpet and Winds with the University of North Texas Wind Ensemble. He has also appeared at leading international festivals including Instrumenta Oaxaca, in Oaxaca, Mexico, the Schagerl Brass Festival, in Melk, Austria, the Blekinge International Brass Institute, in Karlskrona, Sweden, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival in Beijing, China. Prior to his work as a soloist, Morris served as Associate Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony and Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, following the legendary Adolph Bud Herseth in that chair. Still active as an orchestral performer, Mr. Morris has served as guest principal trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the San Diego Symphony. Since 2007, Mr. Morris has been the principal trumpet of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the worlds leading orchestral new music festival, where he has worked closely with some of the leading composers of our time.

Currently based in Miami, Florida, Craig Morris is the Trumpet Professor at the Frost School of Music. He has been a Yamaha Artist since 2015.

About Salvador Brotons

Maestro Salvador Brotons returns for his 32nd season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the VSO. In addition to the VSO, he has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears “Ciutat de Palma” (1997-2001, 2009-2013) and the Orquestra Sinfónica del Vallés (1997-2002). He is presently the Conductor of the Barcelona Symphonic Band. In 2005, he received the “Arts Council” award by the Clark County and The City of Vancouver as well as the Kiwanis Rose Award. He has guest conducted orchestras in countries such as the U.S., Israel, France, Germany, China, Poland, South Korea, Mexico, Uruguay, and Colombia.

About The VSO

The VSO, now in its 44th season, has been a cornerstone of Southwest Washington's arts community, providing symphony music of the highest caliber in live performances and through music education in schools, concert halls, and throughout the community.

About Our Sponsors

The VSO is generously supported by individual donors, The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, All Classical Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, CUSO at Columbia Credit Union, The Columbian, Dick Hannah Dealerships, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Koelsch Senior Communities, Opsahl Dawson CPAs, Clark Public Utilities, the Vancouver Innovation Center, Realvest Corporation, AC Hotel by Marriott, Riverview Bank, and Michelle’s Piano Co.

VSO Pre-Show

The 2022-2023 Concert Season welcomes back the critically acclaimed video series from the VSO! Hosted by Greg Scholl and Ashley Hall, this exciting pre-show will broadcast on the VSO concert live stream 30 minutes before the concert performance. Full of fascinating information about the repertoire and plenty of laughs, you won’t want to miss it!

Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall has been with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since October of 2019. Since December of 2019 she has been the host and producer of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Podcast, interviewing prominent VSO figures and guests as well as sharing past VSO performances in the special series VSO Encore. Ashley graduated from Western Washington University in 2013 with a degree in English Literature, and has been active in the Vancouver arts community for over 15 years. She was formerly the music director for the Young Slocum House Players in 2011, and has been on the Board of Pacific Stageworks Theater Company since August of 2019.

Outside of saying flowery things about recordings of classical music Ashley produces two other podcasts, acts and sings in community theater productions, and plays nerdy tabletop games with her husband Will Johnson (the superhero who keeps Skyview Concert Hall running). It’s also rumored that she’s the girl who answers the phone when you call the VSO office, but none can say for certain.

Greg Scholl

Greg Scholl has played trombone in the VSO since 1993 - he became principal trombone in 1995. He is also principal trombone in the Portland Columbia Symphony and the Newport Symphony. Greg also plays locally in the Portland Brass Quintet and the Portland Festival Symphony. He has performed with the Oregon Ballet Theater, the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera, the Salem Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Willamette Master Chorus, and the Portland Gay Men's Chorus. He has performed with the Oregon Repertory Singers and the Portland Symphonic Choir. Greg was formerly second trombone in the Austin Lyric Opera.
Greg is the trombone and low brass instructor at Pacific University. He obtained a trombone performance degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Donald Knaub. Prior to that he studied with Peter Kline and David Brown in San Antonio, TX. Greg plays in the Portland modern jazz duo Dos Hermanos de Hale Bopp. He also plays guitar and trombone in a variety of styles with local bands and performers such as the Rhythm Dogs, Goombahttsi, and Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Justin Shandor.
After rejecting the millions of dollars people offered him to play the trombone, Greg obtained a law degree in 1995 from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. During most business days he can be found practicing law as the director of the capital case team at the Metropolitan Public Defender. He enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, reading, camping and hiking, collecting things like Conan the Barbarian comic books, LP records, and concert recordings of the Grateful Dead, and being married to incredible principal bassoonist Margaret McShea. Their son Ben is now in college - he was practically raised at VSO rehearsals back in the day.