The Block
Third Coast Trombone

Third Coast Trombone Retreat Presents

David Binder, Trombone; John Sebastian Vera, trombone; Nicholas Schwartz, bass trombone; Daniela Candillari, piano
Saturday, August 19th, 2 pm

To purchase call 231.726.3231

$20

The Third Coast Trombone Retreat is an 8-day trombone intensive welcoming talented college, high school, and amateur trombonists from across the country to the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.

This concert features David Binder, trombone, John Sebastian Vera, trombone, Nicholas Schwartz, bass trombone, and Daniela Candillari, piano.

Tickets are general admission and can be purchased by calling The Block ticket office at 231-726-3231 and at the Ticket Office, 360 W Western Ave, 1st floor, Muskegon.

Third Coast Trombone Retreat is a guest event and is not part of the regular season at The Block.

David BinderDavid Binder
Second Trombone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

David Binder joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Second Trombone in the autumn of 2015. Previously he was the Co-Principal Trombone of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, Finland for three seasons. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and as guest Principal Trombone with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in concerts and on recordings.

As a soloist, he has performed recitals in Finland, Switzerland, and the US; and has won competitions at the American Trombone Workshop, International Trombone Festival, and Walgreens National Concerto Competition.

During his time in Europe, David travelled extensively to study with prominent trombonists on the continent, particularly with Ian Bousfield in Bern and Jamie Williams in Berlin. A Chicago native, he completed his Bachelor’s of Music with Brass Department Honors from Northwestern University, studying with Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Timothy Higgins, and Randall Hawes. While at Northwestern, he was also a Regular Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and studied additionally with Jay Friedman.

David is quickly becoming sought after for his teaching and pedagogy. He has presented master classes at Northwestern University and Michigan State University, and has taught for multiple summers at the Third Coast Trombone Retreat in western Michigan. In Detroit he is heavily involved in the DSO Civic Youth Ensembles program, leading rehearsals and sectionals for low brass students. David travelled in 2017 to Jacmel, Haiti to teach at the first ever Haitian National Orchestral Institute, organized in conjuncture with BLUME Haiti and members of the Utah Symphony.

Outside of the orchestra, David nurtures a keen interest in bluegrass and folk music, playing several instruments of the idiom including banjo and resonator guitar. He also enjoys playing racquetball and softball, and loves the Chicago Cubs.

 

John Sebastian Vera

John Sebastian Vera
Principal Trombone, Pittsburgh Opera, River City Brass

John Sebastian Vera, a native of Texas, became the Principal trombonist of the Pittsburgh Opera in 2010 and also joined the River City Brass as Principal Trombone in 2015. A dedicated chamber musician, he also was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Guidonian Hand Trombone Quartet in which he played from 2008-2014.

In addition to the Pittsburgh Opera, Mr. Vera has played with the symphonies of Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo, Kennedy Center Opera House, New York City Opera, Vermont, Charleston, Albany, Akron, Huntsville, American Ballet Theatre, and Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes in Mexico amongst others.

He began his studies with Jon Bohls in Texas and continued his education at Southern Methodist University where he studied with John Kitzman of the Dallas Symphony. He then spent a year studying with Ed Zadrozny as a graduate assistant at the University of Akron, and finished his graduate work in New York City at the Mannes College of Music studying with David Finlayson and James Markey of the New York Philharmonic.

In 2009, John was honored to be asked to play alongside the New York Philharmonic trombone section as well as members of the Metropolitan Opera to record two pieces for James Markey’s solo release, “On Base”.

In 2011, he spent the summer in Haiti volunteer teaching and performing in the Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinite as well as the Ecole de Musique Dessaix Baptiste which became one of the more profound experiences of his life.

With the quartet, John performed over 100 concerts and gave master classes all over the country. Heralded by the New York Times for their "expertly played performances" they have been recipients of numerous national grants which have enabled them to commission countless composers to create new and innovative works for four trombones. In 2014 was the premiere of River of Fundament, a movie by film artist Matthew Barney, in which John recorded for and acted in along with the quartet.

Mr. Vera can also be heard on euphonium on the PBS documentary Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided.

John is an Artist for Edwards Instruments and resides in New York City and Pittsburgh. He is on the faculty at Youngstown State University and Slippery Rock University. His favorite musicians include Sigur Ros, Radiohead, the Books, and Efterklang. When he can get away from the trombone he most enjoys basketball, traveling and psychology. Follow John on twitter @SebastianVera.

 

Nicholas Schwartz

Nicholas Schwartz
Bass Trombone, New York City Ballet

Nick Schwartz has a diverse career performing across North America, Europe, and Asia. Beginning his trombone studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy, he went on to study at The Juilliard School with then New York Philharmonic bass trombonist Don Harwood. From there, he moved to San Francisco where he began freelancing throughout the Bay Area. In addition to playing in his regular job with the New York City Ballet, he has performed with The Metropolitan Opera, The Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York City Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, The Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Jacksonville Symphony, The Malaysia Philharmonic, Arizona MusicFest, Festival Maribor (Slovenia), and the Festival Lyrique-en-Mer in France. He has recorded with Joe Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic, the American Brass Quintet, Orchestra of St. Lukes, has recorded multiple video game soundtracks at Skywalker Ranch in Northern California, and has been a part of multiple movie soundtrack recordings in New York. He has been a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra since January 2010.

 

Daniela CandillariDaniela Candillari
Conductor/Piano

Daniela Candillari is a sought-after conductor, pianist and composer having worked with preeminent artists around the world. A native of Slovenia, she served the Slovenian National Opera as Assistant Conductor, Chorus Master, and Principal Coach for over twenty productions. She has served as Assistant Conductor for the European Opera Centre in partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Sarasota Opera.

As a collaborative pianist, she performed at Carnegie Hall with Julian Wachner and Novus NY and has worked with artists including Bryn Terfel, Dame Felicity Lott, Håkan Hagegård, Carol Vaness, Martina Arroyo, Dominic Argento, and William Bolcom.

Ms. Candillari is the founder and Artistic Director of Gravity Shift, a New York based chamber orchestra, and has recorded for NPR, Austrian Radio Broadcast Television, Slovenian National Radio and TV, and Serbian National TV. Highlights in the current season include serving as music director for Extraordinary Measures, a play by Eve Ensler, covering Julian Wachner on his new opera, Rev. 23, during the Prototype Festival, and joining the music staff at The Chautauqua Opera as Assistant Conductor to Steven Osgood. Future engagements include her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut leading performances of Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers, conducting Michael Gordon's Acquanetta at the 2018 PROTOTYPE Festival, with Bang on a Can All-Stars as the orchestra, and leading the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia in a concert including Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3.

Third Coast Trombone

Third Coast Trombone Retreat Presents

David Binder, Trombone; John Sebastian Vera, trombone; Nicholas Schwartz, bass trombone; Daniela Candillari, piano
Saturday, August 19th, 2 pm

To purchase call 231.726.3231

$20

About

The Third Coast Trombone Retreat is an 8-day trombone intensive welcoming talented college, high school, and amateur trombonists from across the country to the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.

This concert features David Binder, trombone, John Sebastian Vera, trombone, Nicholas Schwartz, bass trombone, and Daniela Candillari, piano.

Tickets are general admission and can be purchased by calling The Block ticket office at 231-726-3231 and at the Ticket Office, 360 W Western Ave, 1st floor, Muskegon.

Third Coast Trombone Retreat is a guest event and is not part of the regular season at The Block.

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