Vancouver composer gets surprise Carnegie debut

Posted on: April 7, 2010

In Wednesday’s (4/7) Globe and Mail (Toronto), Marsha Lederman writes, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? For John Korsrud, a giant misunderstanding helped pave the way to the fabled New York concert stage. When the Vancouver-based composer and trumpet player was approached by the American Composers Orchestra about creating a composition for a Carnegie Hall program honouring his former teacher Louis Andriessen, he pitched a virtuoso trumpet piece—with another trumpet player in mind. But when the publicity materials for the program went out a few months later, Korsrud was shocked by the announcement that he would be performing his own trumpet concerto. ‘I read this and I went “No, no, no, no, mistake, mistake. I play trumpet, but I’m no virtuoso,” ’ Korsrud remembers, laughing over a cold drink at a Vancouver café. ‘And then a couple weeks went by and I went “Ah, screw it. I’m going to write myself a trumpet concerto.” ’ … His new work, Come to the Dark Side, will have its world premiere at Carnegie Hall as part of Orchestra Underground: Louis & the Young Americans, a tribute to the influential Dutch composer, who turned 70 last June. … Korsrud’s 15-minute work is groove-oriented, heavy with percussion and brass—a loud, fun crowd-pleaser, he promises.”

Posted April 7, 2010