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Concert Information

Sunday, December 8, 2019
West Side Presbyterian Church

Prelude Concert – 7:00PM

Featured Soloist

Alan Baer
Principal Tuba, New York Philharmonic

Prelude Concert

 Mahwah High School Band
Jeffery Bittner, Director 

Alan Baer

Alan Baer

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Alan Baer joined the New York Philharmonic on June 21, 2004, as Principal Tuba. He was formerly principal tuba with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. His other performing credits include recordings with The Cleveland Orchestra led by Vladimir Ashkenazy, performances with the Peninsula Music Festival of Wisconsin, New Orleans Symphony, Los Angeles Concert Orchestra, Ojai Festival Orchestra (California), Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as a featured soloist, touring several countries in Europe, including Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and France.

Mr. Baer began his undergraduate work at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Dr. Gary Bird. He completed his bachelor of music degree with Ronald Bishop at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has done graduate work at the University of Southern California, Cleveland Institute of Music, and California State University, Long Beach, where he studied with Tommy Johnson. While in Long Beach, Mr. Baer taught at California State University, where he also directed the university tuba ensemble and the brass choir. In Milwaukee, Mr. Baer was adjunct professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Wisconsin and director of the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.

Artist Spotlight

Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania
Where do you live now: North Brunswick, New Jersey
Favorite saying or motto: all ya got to do is….
Most memorable musical moment: My audition with the NY Philharmonic
Favorite piece of music to play: Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5
Favorite piece of music to listen to: I like soundtracks to movies. Favorite is probably Gladiator.
What is on your playlist right now? Music to keep me awake while riding my motorcycle
Hobbies outside of music: Avid motorcyclist
Most influential teacher: Tommy Johnson
Place you would most like to be stranded: Somewhere warm with a sandy beach and a swim up bartender!
Best place to eat in NYC: Quality Meats
What solo are you playing with the NJWS: Donald Grantham’s tuba concerto
Favorite part about the solo: It’s so different from movement to movement.
Most challenging part about the solo: Showing the audience the different styles and making it all sound easy.

Program Highlights

A Hong Kong Overture – Michael Valenti
Nutcracker Fantasia – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky arr. Julie Giroux
Variations on a Medieval Theme – Norman Dello Joio
Christmas and Sousa Forever – Julie Giroux
Tuba Concerto – Donald Grantham