April 8 1966
October 4 and 5, 2017
John Estacio ranks as one of Canada’s most frequently commissioned and performed composers. Over the past two and a half decades he has served as composer-in-residence at the Edmonton Symphony (1992-1999), the Calgary Philharmonic (2000-2003), the Banff Centre and Calgary Opera (both 2000-2004). Among his many successful orchestral works, Frenergy has become one of his most frequently performed compositions. Estacio has written for the major orchestras of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Victoria, as well as for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Penderecki String Quartet and others. At the 2015 JUNO awards, Estacio was nominated in the category of Classical Composition of the year.
The Trumpet Concerto received its first performance by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and soloist Larry Larson, conducted by Michael Christie, on March 24 of this year, and is scheduled for performance by twenty orchestras before the end of next year. The 22-minute work is laid out in three movements. The title of the first refers to the character in Greek mythology, Poseidon’s son Triton, who used his conch shell as a trumpet to stir or calm the ocean waters. Across the span of the movement, Triton’s trumpet is heard confronting the ocean, represented by the orchestra, in music ranging from calm to restless to all-out stormy. The central movement features extended lyrical writing for the soloist, while the final movement is a spirited romp through a mercurial kaleidoscope of energy, color, and fanfare.