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Fanfares Finale—A Memorial Tribute to Paul Vermel

Saturday, April 20, 2024 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
PUCCINI: Crisantemi
ARUTIUNIAN: Trumpet Concerto
EVERSON: Festival Fanfare (World Premiere)
HINDEMITH: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

John Hagstrom, trumpet

Our season finale is a heartfelt memorial tribute to former CUSO Music Director and Conductor Paul Vermel, who led the orchestra from 1974 to 1994. The concert begins with Brahms’ beautiful Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Crisantemi, an eloquent elegy by Puccini. CUSO will also honor Maestro Vermel’s memory by performing music that he conducted with the orchestra. John Hagstrom, long-time member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra trumpet section, will dazzle in the tuneful and energetic Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Arutiunian. Hindemith’s brilliant Symphonic Metamorphosis is a tour de force for the symphony orchestra and a thrilling tribute to Paul Vermel’s celebrated musical tenure as CUSO’s Conductor.

$40 standard/$36 senior/$10 youth, student of any age