Premier bassoonist to perform Concerto: People are clamoring to hear David McGill, who will perform this weekend with the Annapolis Symphony.

November 19, 1998|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The phones at Annapolis Symphony headquarters have been ringing constantly this week because David McGill, one of the world's premier bassoonists, will perform with the orchestra at Maryland Hall this weekend, playing Carl Maria von Weber's grand, happy Bassoon Concerto.

"I've got bassoonists from four states screaming for tickets so they can hear this guy," said ASO Executive Director Jane Schorsch.

McGill was appointed principal bassoon of the Tulsa (Okla.) Philharmonic when he was 17 and has since served as solo bassoon with the Toronto Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. His recording of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto with Cleveland's conductor, Christoph von Dohnanyi, is one of the best.

In October 1996, McGill became principal bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony at conductor Daniel Barenboim's invitation.

Conducting the ASO at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday will be Peter Rubardt, music director of the Pensacola (Fla.) Symphony.

Rubardt, a graduate of the Juilliard School whose resume includes resident assistantships with orchestras in New Jersey and in Syracuse, N.Y., will conduct Mendelssohn's Overture to "Fair Melusine" and the Sixth Symphony of Franz Schubert.

The work is known as "The Little C major" to distinguish it from Schubert's larger, more spectacular Ninth Symphony set in the same key. The Sixth, with its Rossinian subcurrents and ripping scherzo, undoubtedly is one of the most magnificent statements ever made by a 21-year-old composer.

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Pub Date: 11/19/98

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