Trumpet duo impresses ’Cats with fast tunes

A mix of Wildcats and community members gathered in a lowly lit Ice Auditorium until a soaring sound hushed their quiet chatter. The powerful sound of John Harbaugh’s trumpet signaled the beginning of the show.

Joan Haaland Paddock, Linfield professor of music, and John Harbaugh, professor of trumpet at Central Washington University, combined talents during a faculty recital called “Duo Trumpets” on April 18 in Ice Auditorium.

“This is such a treat to collaborate with my friend, John,” Paddock said.

John Harbaugh’s wife, Teresa Harbaugh, was also an important element of the recital. She played the piano and the organ during various pieces.

Paddock, dressed in a black blouse with subtle bronze sparkles, and John Harbaugh, in a sleek black suit, marched on stage for an opening piece. They played “For Awakening the Good Fat Monkey King (Who always sleeps with one eye open).”

John Harbaugh launched the show with four pieces from “Concerto in D, TWV 51:D7,” accompanied by Teresa Harbaugh on the organ.

Paddock played her solo from “Concerto in Eb major, WoO 1, S49” with Teresa Harbaugh on the piano.

John Harbaugh took the stage alone again. Teresa Harbaugh joined him on the piano. This piece, “La Mandolinata,” carried a choppy tone.

Next, Paddock and John Harbaugh played their first full-length piece together “Airs de Triomphe.”

The duo often played extremely fast but were able to harmonize.

“I was impressed by their ability to not only skip octaves but to also scale through them,” junior Conner Varnell said. “Obviously these two have had much practice perfecting their niche.”

After a brief intermission, the duo performed three pieces from “Centennial Horizon” and  “She’s Gone Away.” Teresa Harbaugh performed a solo movement on the organ from the piece “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott.” And the recital concluded with “My Spirit Be Joyful.”

Although there were not many students in the crowd,  the performance inspired at least one.

“I just want to make the most of my time here as a Wildcat. And tonight was a perfect example of why,” Varnell said. “The performers were marvelous, and they gave me chills of excitement. Now that’s worth getting off your couch for.”


Carrie Skuzeski/Culture editor

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