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Space: The Symphonic Frontier

November 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

$25 – $37

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Adam Flatt, Conductor

(GPO Music Director Finalist)

Nat Wickham, trombone


Korngold: Kings Row Fanfare (3’)

Williams: Selections from Star Wars Suite (17’)

Tomasi:  Trombone Concerto, featuring Nat Wickham (17′)


Holst: The Planets (51’)


1 hour 30 minutes, including intermission

Pre Concert Talk? Yes, at 6:30 PM in Hensel Phelps Hall

About the Concert:

Can you hear music in space? It doesn’t matter – we’re going to take you on a musical journey throughout the stars in Space: The Symphonic Frontier. Join us on this adventure through the galaxy and hear for yourself just how, without Korngold’s Kings Row Fanfare and Holst’s The Planets, John Williams’s Star Wars may not have sounded the way we know it.

What’s Interesting About this Concert:

  • Kings Row is one of Korngold’s most notable works, and was also written for the film of the same name. John Williams drew very specific inspiration from this piece for the opening theme to his Star Wars soundtrack.
  • John Williams uses leitmotifs, musical themes or phrases that represent a specific character or object, throughout his scores to Star Wars (think Imperial March = Darth Vader).
  • Holst’s work depicts ideas and emotions of each planet in our solar system, all except for Earth. His own alleged favorite of the suite was Saturn.

Nat Wickham, trombone

Nat Wickham’s first musical inspirations were experienced in his childhood home where both parents were professional performers and music teachers, and all four siblings have enjoyed professional careers in music. Today, Wickham is a dynamic trombonist who enjoys a career as a classical and jazz solo artist, recording artist, clinician, adjudicator and educator, and performs throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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As a classical artist he performs a wide variety of solo repertoire in recitals and is frequently featured as guest soloist with professional, university and high school orchestras and wind bands. He was the first-ever soloist with the Ensemble Henri Tomasi in Marseille, France for their inaugural concert. In addition to his solo career, he is principal trombonist with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, associate principal with the Fort Collins Symphony and has performed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Rochester Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, Spokane Symphony, and Boulder Philharmonic Orchestras.

Wickham’s work as a jazz artist encompasses the entire spectrum in the genre. Having been resident jazz trombonist and trombone pedagogue at Jazz en Vercors in France, he has toured France on four occasions, performing in major jazz venues and conducting educational workshops. He is currently lead trombonist and jazz soloist in the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, and is in demand as a jazz trombonist throughout the United States, performing and recording with numerous big bands, as well as being invited to be guest soloist with university and high school jazz bands.

Currently, Wickham is Professor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, where he teaches a diverse studio of trombone, bass trombone and euphonium students. Under his baton, UNC trombone ensembles have performed at the International Trombone Festival in Nashville, the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC, and the Big 12 Trombone Conference in Lubbock, TX.

Wickham holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. His Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in trombone performance are from the University of Northern Colorado. He has studied trombone with John Marcellus, Buddy Baker, Carl Lobitz and Roy Main. Prior to his appointment at UNC, Wickham taught at the Eastman School of Music, Eastern Washington University, Central Michigan University, and the University of Wisconsin at River Falls.

Concert presented by Auto Collision Specialists

Listen to the pieces:


Read up on the pieces:

Kings Row Wiki Page

Star Wars Wiki Page

Henri Tomasi Wiki

The Planets Wiki Page


November 15, 2019
7:30 pm
$25 – $37
Event Category:


Union Colony Civic Center
701 10th Street
Greeley, CO 80631 United States
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