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Video/Recording Credits: Robert Paustian

Scarecrow Overture
Joseph Turin

NJWS February 8, 2020 Concert
West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ

Scarecrow Overture
Joseph Turrin

Joseph Turrin (b.1947) is a greatly valued contributor to contemporary American musical life, thanks to his wideranging activities as a composer, orchestrator, conductor, pianist, and teacher. He studied composition at the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and pursued a career that has always been multifaceted. As a composer, he has produced works in many genres. Scarecrow Overture is taken from Turrin’s 2006 opera The Scarecrow. This opera is based on a short story written by the well known author, Nathaniel Hawthorne. In Hawthorne’s story, a scarecrow named Feathertop is created by a lonely old witch who brings him to life, teaches him to act human, sends him into town, and watches him struggle with the emotional complexity of human society.

Video/Recording Credits: Robert Paustian

Alan Baer

Grantham Tuba Concerto – Mvt 1 (Fiery and Bold)

Alan Baer, Tuba Soloist
NJWS December 8, 2019 Concert
West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ

Meet the Artist

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.

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.