James Nova, trombonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and adjunct professor of trombone at Duquesne University, will present a concert of his own film-score arrangements on Tuesday, February 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Symphony, he was Assistant Principal Trombone of the Utah Symphony, and he also performed regularly with the Boston Pops, where he first had the opportunity to interact musically with John Williams.
Mr. Nova has been an admirer of the film scores of John Williams for most of his life, and in December 2017 he released a new overdub album for trombone choir, A Fall from Light to Dark. Through the chosen moments of John Williams’s masterful Star Wars scores, this album musically chronicles the rise and descent of Anakin Skywalker as he transforms into Darth Vader. Truly a one-man show, this album’s transcriptions, playing, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering were all done by Mr. Nova.
For his Waco concert, “Baylor Trombones at the Movies,” James Nova will perform with Baylor’s Associate Professor of Trombone Brent Phillips, as well as over a dozen members from Mr. Phillips’s trombone studio, and a percussionist, all conducted by Assistant Director of Bands Steve Dailey.
In addition to John Williams, the program will include well-known movie music by composers Miklós Rózsa (Ben Hur), Billy May (The Green Hornet), and Michael Giacchino (Star Trek). Among the John Williams pieces to be heard are seven stirring excerpts from his film scores for five of the Star Wars movies. All will be played in arrangements for trombone choir by James Nova.
This concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.