Schedule

Mark's Workshop and Concert Schedule for 2015

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Denison University Wind Ensemble
Start Date: April 26, 2015
Description: Mark conducts this outstanding group and the concert will feature music from West Africa.
Address: Swasey Chapel
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McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra
Start Date: May 3, 2015
Description: Mark is principal trumpet in this orchestra. This concert features Coplan's Latin American Sketches!
Address: McConnell Arts Center in Worthington OH
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Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra
Start Date: May 9, 2015
Description: Be sure not to miss our Spring Finale featuring "Concierto de Aranjuez" by Joaquin Rodrigo and Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique” by Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky!

Program Notes

Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)

Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo was born in Sagunto, Valencia. At the age of three, he was stricken with diphtheria, which left him nearly totally blind. He began the study of the piano and violin at eight, but never learned to play the guitar. Later, Rodrigo studied music in Paris and lived there during the Spanish Civil War. During a visit to Spain in 1938, he met with the guitarist Regino Sainz de la Maza, who encouraged him to write a concerto for guitar. Rodrigo dedicated the Concierto de Aranjuez to this guitarist, who played at its premiere in Barcelona in November 1940.

According to the composer the work was inspired by the gardens of the Palacio Real de Aranjuez (see photo), which was built by Phillip II in the sixteenth century. Rodrigo describes the concerto as “capturing the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains.” In 1991 King Juan Carlos raised the composer to the nobility as First Marquis of the Gardens of Aranjuez.

Composing a guitar concerto poses a challenge in maintaining a balance between the solo instrument and the orchestra. In this work the guitar rarely plays against the entire orchestra. In the first movement (Allegro con spirito), the solo guitar introduces a bright theme that is then picked up by the orchestra before the guitar returns with a second theme. A quick pace continues throughout as the development of the two themes is passed back and forth between the soloist and the orchestra.

The exquisitely beautiful second movement (Adagio) opens with the melody played by the English horn with quiet accompaniment by the guitar. A dialogue between the two instruments ensues with the bassoon, oboe, and other instruments later taking part. This movement has frequently been adapted or reinterpreted by musicians in many different genres. The final movement (Allegro gentile) alternates between double and triple time and suggests a court dance as might have been played in the Palacio de Aranjuez.

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique” by Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky (1840 -1893)

In spite of his many successes as a composer, Peter Tchaikovsky suffered periodic episodes of self-doubt and depression throughout his career. When he first began work on a sixth symphony, he had sketched a program that dealt with the cycle of life including passion, love, disappointment, and death. Tchaikovsky soon became dissatisfied with what he had written and abandoned the work. Sometime later he began afresh and this time he was much more satisfied with his work. In a letter to his nephew, Vladimir Davydov, he wrote: “You can imagine what joy I feel in the conviction that my day is not yet over and I may still accomplish much.” He also expressed to his nephew that there was a program to the symphony, but that it would remain a secret.

Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of the Sixth Symphony on October 28, 1893 in St. Petersburg. Nine days later he died of cholera. The near juxtaposition of the two events has led many to conclude that the Sixth was a foretelling of his death or even a musical suicide note. At the second performance of the symphony three weeks later, the name “Pathétique” was added to the title. This, of course, supported speculation about the meaning of the Sixth. Actually the given French name was an inaccurate translation of the Russian word that had been suggested by Tchaikovsky’s brother Modest. Rather than “pathetic” or “arousing pity”, the Russian connotes “passionate” or “emotional” and would be more consistent with the mood revealed in the composer’s letters.

Nonetheless, the music of the Sixth Symphony certainly suggests the struggle of life against the inevitable exhaustion or wasting, leading to death. In this contemplation of death, Tchaikovsky had plenty of company amongst other composers of the late-Romantic period. Richard Strauss wrote the tone poem Death and Transfiguration in 1889 shortly before Tchaikovsky began work on his final symphony. This work musically portrays a man on his deathbed struggling and looking back upon his life.

Strauss lived for another sixty years after the premiere! Later, Gustav Mahler explored death and the afterlife in several of his symphonies. Indeed the structure of Mahler’s ninth symphony has a number of similarities to Tchaikovsky’s sixth, including the slow movement finale. In the works of fellow Russian Sergei Rachmaninov, the medieval Dies Irae (Days of Wrath) plainchant appears in several works including Isle of the Dead, the completion of which he survived by many years.

The first movement (Adagio – Allegro non troppo) opens with a sorrowful theme played by the bassoon and then developed in the orchestra. It is followed by a soaring melody, introduced by flute and bassoon. A brief quotation from a Russian Orthodox funeral chant follows a reprise of the first subject. The music then becomes alternately agitated and subdued before ending quietly. A lighter mood appears in the dance theme of the second movement Scherzo (Allegro con grazia). The third movement (Allegro molto vivace) is a stirring march that gradually builds in power to a thrilling, but ultimately false conclusion. For in the final movement (Adagio lamentoso) the orchestra opens with a devastating lament. The sense of grief builds in intensity and passion before beginning a slow descent, ending with the heartbeats of the double basses fading away.
Address: Swasey Chapel, Denison Unversity
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St. Timothy Church
Start Date: May 24, 2015
Start Time: 9:30 AM
Description: Columbus, Riverside area
Address: n/a
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International Trumpet Guild Convocation Performance
Start Date: May 26, 2015
Description: Mark will perform with 12 colleagues in an original piece for trumpet ensemble commissioned for this event!
Address: Columbus, OH
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Our Lady of Victory
Start Date: May 31, 2015
Start Time: 11:00 AM
Description: n/a
Address: Columbus, OH
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Duke Ellington's Sacred Music
Start Date: June 13, 2015
Start Time: 3:00 PM
Description: Concerts 13th and 14th. Tickets required...
Address: Beechwald Christian Church Cols, OH
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Coshocton Dulcimer Days
Start Date: June 19, 2015
End Date: June 21, 0
Description: n/a
Address: n/a
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Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra
Start Date: July 3, 2015
Description: n/a
Address: n/a
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ODCP Funfest
Start Date: July 16, 2015
End Date: July 19, 2015
Description: World's Largest Festival!!
Address: Evart, MI
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Family Concert: Mark Wade, Cristina Wade, and Randy Clepper
Start Date: September 27, 2015
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: Equipped with an array of unusual instruments, the Mark Alan Wade Trio is like a vacation for your ears! This trio is fun to watch and hear. They enjoy sharing the history of their instruments and songs from around the world.



Mark Wade is an active hammered dulcimer performer, composer, and teacher. A National Champion, he can be heard on more than a dozen recordings and has 5 CDs and 7 books published. With his doctorate in trumpet, he has performed on 3 continents! In fact, Mark met his wife, Cristina, at the trumpet auditions at Ohio State University in graduate school! Cristina Wade is a multi-instrumentalist and will perform on marimbula and Irish tin whistle (and perhaps trumpet too)! She has taught middle school band through college courses at OSU, Ohio Wesleyan University and Baldwin-Wallace University. Cristina has the busiest job of all now–raising their two sons (2 and 4).



Randy Clepper completes this trio. He is an accomplished player of Irish traditional music on bouzouki, & fingerstyle guitar. He has performed and taught in traditional music and arts

festivals across the Midwest, including the Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio. He regularly appears in pub-based Irish traditional music sessions from San Francisco to Montreal to Tel Aviv. Mark and Randy will have CDs available to

bring the music into your own home after their performance.



markalanwade.com & randyclepper.com
Address: St. John's Episcopal Church
700 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085
URL: http://www.stjohnsworthington.org/
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St. John's Episcopal Church Services
Start Date: September 27, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Description: Trumpet and Dulcimer
Address: 700 High St.
Worthington, OH
URL: http://www.stjohnsworthington.org/
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Liberty Presbyterian Church
Start Date: October 4, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Description: Services at 9 and 11. Mark will be providing special music during the the services.
Address: 315 and Home Rd.
Delaware, OH
URL: www.libertybarnchurch.com
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McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra
Start Date: October 23, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Description: Performance at Colonial Hills Elementary
Address: n/a
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Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra
Start Date: October 24, 2015
Start Time: 7:30 PM
Description: n/a
Address: Midland Theater
Newark, Ohio
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McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra
Start Date: October 26, 2015
Start Time: 10:30 AM
Description: Performance at Evening St. Elementary
Address: n/a
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McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra
Start Date: November 1, 2015
Start Time: 3:00 PM
Description: Concert 1 of the 2015-2016 Season!
Address: Worthington, OH
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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park Dulcimer Retreat
Start Date: November 13, 2015
End Date: November 14, 0
Description: Workshops and concerts!
Address: n/a
URL: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Stephen-Foster?page=1
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Liberty Presbyterian Church
Start Date: November 22, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Description: 9 + 11 AM
Address: n/a
URL: www.libertybarnchurch.com
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Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra
Start Date: December 6, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Description: Holiday Concert
Address: Midland Theater, Newark OH
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Our Lady of Victory Christmas Concert
Start Date: December 13, 2015
Start Time: 3:00 PM
Description: n/a
Address: Grandview Hights
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Liberty Presbyterian Church Concert with Lone Raven
Start Date: December 13, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Description: Door open at 6:30 for this exciting concert featuring the celtic band, Lone Raven! Mark will perform an opening set beginning at 7PM with Cristina Wade and Randy Clepper.

This is a ticketed event.
Address: n/a
URL: www.libertybarnchurch.com
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