ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

October 20, 2018

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Alain Trudel, conductor
David Saltzman, tuba
Holly Carr, silk painting artist

Rimsky-Korsakov - Tsar Saltan Suite and the Flight of the Bumblebee
Adler - Tuba Concerto*
Borodin - Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Stravinsky - Suite from The Firebird

One night only—this breathtaking program brings together three Russian masters of music, including the flaming colors and soaring melodies of Borodin's Polovtsian Dances. Artist Holly Carr joins the TSO on stage and creates a panoramic silk painting during a live performance of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. You don't want to miss this exhilarating program that includes the world premiere of Samuel Adler's haunting Tuba Concerto, performed by TSO's own David Saltzman.

*World premiere

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Recently appointed Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA), conductor Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He is also Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009 in Mozart’s Magic Flute and conducted the live recording of their 30th anniversary gala. He has been a regular guest since and in March 2017 he conducted to great acclaim (“The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting “wow” and “bravo.” Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Wall Triumphs in Montréal.”  Le Figaro, Paris) the world premiere operatic version of “The Wall”. Trudel will also lead the american premiere at the Cincinnati Opera in July 2018.

Always committed to upcoming generations of musicians, Trudel was Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2014 and has regularly been invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. From 2011 to 2015 Trudel was Professor and conductor of the orchestra and opera orchestra at the University of Western and is now guess professor for orchestra and opera at the University of Ottawa.

First known to the public as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le monde de la musique), Alain Trudel has been a guest soloist with orchestras worldwide including Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Orchestra, Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan). Alain is also a respected composer with performances across America and in Asia.

Alain Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Parker, Charles Cros (France), Opus prize and Heinz Unger prizes. He has been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012.


David Saltzman has been Principal Tuba of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Tuba and Euphonium Instructor at Bowling Green State University since 2007. In 2011 David joined the Glimmerglass Opera Festival based in Cooperstown, NY as their Principal Tuba player for their summer Opera Festival. Prior to these appointments, David was the Principal Tuba player for the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and the Honolulu Brass Quintet (1997-2007). He was also the Tuba/Euphonium instructor at the University of Hawaii and the founder and director of the University of Hawaii’s Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble.

David has performed with many orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, including: the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Alabama Symphony and the Windsor Symphony. Most recently, David spent four months in Australia playing and traveling with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra between May and August of 2018. Highlights of that time included a two-week tour of China with the MSO and several weeks guest teaching at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

An active soloist and chamber musician, David was the winner of the Colonial Euphonium Tuba Quartet’s Tuba Solo Competition in Albany, New York back in 1996. Since then, David has performed as a featured soloist throughout the United States, Australia and Europe. Active amongst the International Tuba Euphonium Association’s festivals, David has performed solo recitals at many of their Regional and International Festivals as well as a featured soloist with United States Army Orchestra during the 2014 United States Army Tuba Euphonium Conference. In 2015 David was proud to host the Mid-West Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference at BGSU – welcoming over 300 low brass enthusiasts from the neighboring 15 states over a three day event.

David also performs numerous solo recitals and masterclasses at schools and Universities around the country. In 2010, he performed the John Williams Concerto for Tuba with the Toledo Symphony as part of the orchestra’s KeyBank Pops Series and performed Arild Plau’s Concerto for Tuba and Strings in October of 2014 on the Toledo Symphony Classics Series. The Toledo Blade heralded the performance saying, “Saltzman clearly was equal to the piece, using lyrical passages to reveal his lush, bronzed tone, and fast runs and intricate tonguing to demonstrate his technical expertise.”

David is proud to have studied the tuba with Harvey Phillips, Daniel Perantoni, Fritz Kaenzig, Toby Hanks and David Fedderly. He lives in Sylvania, Ohio with his amazing wife, three beautiful children and two happy and energetic standard poodles.


Holly Carr has gained national acclaim for her unique style of silk painting. She has participated in numerous group and solo shows and continues to exhibit nationally.  Holly has designed for theatre productions and large scale public installations. Her most ambitious instillation to date is a larger than life environment created out of painted silk, “Light in the Forest” for Acadia University Art Gallery. 

Her work has been widely used in advertising and illustration, including her first children’s book “What is Pink”.  Holly presently is working on 3 new books. In recent years Holly has branched out in to performance art, where she paints large works live on stage. Working with numerous musicians and performers including a cross Canada tour with Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café, as well as performances with world renowned violinist Min Lee in Singapore and the National Art Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.  Holly has also had successful performances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and her own show with Symphony Nova Scotia where she painted an 8 x 32 foot painting live with the orchestra. Holly graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a BFA and B.A.Ed.  Holly’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections.


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