at the University of New Hampshire and Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH, September 25, 2014 – New Hampshire Music Festival principal trombonist David Loucky joins pianist and NHMF principal guest conductor Dan Perkins for two recitals (October 14 and 15, 2014) on the campuses of the University of New Hampshire and Plymouth State University. Dr. Loucky will also be working with university and high school students as part of his visit.
These recitals cover a variety of trombone repertoire, including works by Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns, and Šulek. The University of New Hampshire will host Loucky and Perkins in the Bratton Recital Hall on Tuesday, October 14 at 8 PM, and Plymouth State University will host the recital at the Silver Center for the Arts in the Smith Recital Hall on Wednesday, October 15 at 8 PM. Both recitals are free and open to the public.
Dr. Loucky, a low brass specialist, performs on all low brass instruments. A faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University since 1989, he also performed for two seasons as Assistant Principal Trombonist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He has performed and lectured at several International Trombone Festivals, and International Tuba-Euphonium Conferences and served on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. He is an active performer with the Nashville Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival, Huntsville Symphony, Stones River Chamber Players, MTSU Faculty Jazz Combo, Middle Tennessee Jazz Orchestra, MTSU Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Nashville Chamber Brass.
Loucky performs on a period 19th-century ophicleide, the predecessor of the tuba and euphonium. He engages in the research of repertoire for this instrument and collaborates with composers who are interested in writing new works for it. He holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Yale School of Music, and SUNY at Stony Brook. He has been principal trombone with the New Hampshire Music Festival since 1987.
Dan Perkins is in his 24th year at Plymouth State University, where he is professor of music and director of choral activities and 2007 was appointed the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor. In 2011, he was honored as the American Choral Directors Association Choral Director of the Year. Dr Perkins is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad.
He is currently:
- Music Director of the Manchester Chorale Society and Orchestra
- Co-founder and Music Director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale
- Principal Guest Conductor and Director of Choral Activities for the New Hampshire Music Festival
- Guest Conductor of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference Orchestra in Hanoi, Vietnam
Past positions include:
- Principal Guest Conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi
- Music Director of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra and New England Camerata
- Associate Conductor of the Savonlinna Opera Festival Chorus
- Associate Conductor of the Finnish Chamber Choir
He is frequent conductor of the NH Friendship Chorus and led their 2014 performance tour in Colombia. His choirs have performed and studied internationally in a variety of countries including Italy, Portugal, Morocco, South Africa, Vietnam, Armenia, Georgia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and throughout the U.S. He was a guest conductor for Mid-America and the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in April 2014, which consisted of 250 singers from Iowa, Texas, California, Mississippi, and New Hampshire.
Perkins is also pianist for Trio Veritas, whose upcoming performances include violinist Sasha Callahan, cellist Leo Eguchi, and trombonist David Loucky. With bass-baritone Paul Max Tipton, he will perform the world premiere of Michael Gilbertson’s song cycle “Love and Prophecy.”
Perkins holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Choral Music degrees from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University. He continued his studies as a Fulbright scholar in Helsinki, Finland. He lives with his wife, Jill, in New Hampshire and they are the parents of two sons.
For further information please visit www.nhmf.org.
About the New Hampshire Music Festival
The New Hampshire Music Festival is a six-week summer music festival that honors the tradition of classical music while exploring new artistic paths. The NHMF strives to connect the Lakes Region with an engaging, immersive festival experience by presenting world-class performances, creating strong collaborations with community partners, and offering educational programs to students of all ages. The New Hampshire Music Festival is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.