Organ and trumpet will make beautiful music together at the next Camerata Musica concert event on Feb. 26 in Richland.
J. Melvin Butler on organ and Robert Gale on trumpet are featured. Both are musicians from St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle.
Their concert includes a selection of music from the past 500 years. The most notable piece on the program is perhaps Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Major. Both pieces are considered equally beloved in the classical world as well as a favorite among rock musicians, said Nancy Welliver of Camerata Musica organization.
She referenced Keith Emerson, of the classic rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, who was famous for playing the compositions while hanging upside down over a keyboard. Other rock bands which dabbled with classical music, sometimes using it to open their concerts, are Deep Purple, Muse and Mötley Cr&uulm;e.
Mel Butler has been playing piano since he was 4 years old.
"My mother thought I had some talent, but I didn't play the organ until age 16," Butler said via e-mail. "I had always wanted to play the organ as it was such a large, mysterious instrument, and I was very active in my childhood church in North Carolina."
Butler and trumpeter partner Bob Gale began playing together about 15 years ago.
"I hired Bob for Easter Sunday services and thoroughly enjoyed playing with him. He's an incredible musician," Butler said. "Three of the six pieces we are playing together at our Richland concert will be the first time for us."
The duo will play duets as well as perform solo numbers for the concert from the baroque era to contemporary works by such composers as Vivaldi and Bach.
"We are particularly excited about the variation by the 17th century Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, (which) was originally a keyboard work," Butler said. "But we have found a nice arrangement for trumpet and organ. We also will play a work by 20th century French composer Olivier Messiaen."
Usually, the Camerata Musica concerts are held at the Battelle Auditorium but this concert will be held at Christ the King church, 1111 Stevens Drive in Richland, where there is an organ available, Welliver said.
Admission to the concert is free.
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