Trombonist slides into fall concert
Isaac Johnson, winner of the winds division of the SEMYO Concert Orchestra concerto competition, will perform as part of the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras fall concert on Sunday.
Johnson, who plays trombone, will perform the W.A. Mozart Concerto in B-flat major, KV 191, which was written for bassoon.
So why would a trombonist play a bassoon concerto? Johnson explains: First, there is a lack of repertoire for the trombone from the classical era. Second, this work provides challenge. And since the trombone and bassoon are so different, a trombonist has to work extra hard to get clean and light articulations.
Johnson, son of Dave and Suzy Johnson, is a 10th-grade homeschool student from rural Pine Island. He has participated in SEMYO since fifth grade.
In addition to playing trombone, he plays piano and sings in Raache Choirs' Arioso audition ensemble. He has participated in the Allegro Orchestra camp in the Twin Cities several times and plays in pit orchestras as often as he can. He also won first place in the Junior Wind division of Rochester Music Guild last spring and in the Junior High Winds division of Thursday Musical in 2008.
Opening the concert will be the Chatfield Brass Band, joined by the SEMYO Concert Winds, performing the Washington Post March by John Philip Sousa.
SEMYO is comprised of four ensembles and orchestras with musicians in grades 3-12.