Oct. 7: Jack Gallagher

By Brian McCreath

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For more information about the upcoming performance by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, visit the Boston Early Music Festival.

On today's program, I'll have a new recording from composer Jack Gallagher, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.  Gallagher teaches at The College of Wooster in Ohio, and he recently won a Grammy award as the producer of a recording of Olivier Messiaen's Oiseaux exotiques.  His music has increasingly gained visibility in the last few years, and now comes a recording from Naxos that is entirely devoted to Gallagher's music, including the Diversions Overture.

I'm really thrilled to share this piece with you for two reasons:  First, I think Jack's music in general is terrifically entertaining and artistic.  And second, when it comes to this piece specifically, I was one of the trumpeters in the orchestra for the premiere in 1986.  Y'see (here comes Full Disclosure), I was a student at The College of Wooster in the mid-80's, where Jack not only teaches composition and theory, but also trumpet.  So I was actually involved in quite a few premieres of new pieces by him, and it really was a pleasure to be the proverbial guinea pig, both because of the challenge it presented to me as a student and because Jack was a real mentor, who offered exactly what small liberal arts colleges are there for:  direct, meaningful relationships with teacher/scholars in a nurturing setting.

I hope you enjoy the piece.  You can hear samples and purchase the CD from ArkivMusic.  And to learn more about Jack Gallagher, visit The College of Wooster.

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