Burkhart, a conductor, trumpet soloist and composer, will spend a week in April at Linfield working with students. In addition to working with the band, he will coach brass groups and collaborate with student composers.
He will perform with the Linfield College-Community Band, led by Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Linfield. The group features Linfield students and local community members, many of whom are Linfield alumni, faculty and staff members.
The concert will showcase musical works with content based in folk songs, poetry and liturgical chant. Included on the program are Yasuhide Ito?s "Gloriosa," Percy Grainger?s "Lincolnshire Posey" and James Curnow?s "Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew." During the concert, Burkhart will conduct "Rejoice!" a piece he composed, and also play the trumpet solo "La Virgen de la Macarena" with the band and "Tico Tico" with accompanying trumpets, fl?rns, tuba and Latin percussion.
Burkhart has toured the United States as a featured soloist with Yanni and as principal trumpet with the Warner Bros. Symphony Orchestra. His music credits include motion pictures such as "George of the Jungle," "The Matrix Revolutions," "The Matrix Reloaded," "HBO?s Path to War," "Home Alone 2" and others. He has been a featured soloist for a number of Southern California groups. As a composer, Burkhart has received seven special awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He is also recognized for his versatility as a conductor and has led a number of musical groups, among them the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the Burbank Symphony and the Pasadena City College Opera. Burkhart was the founding music director of the Tehachapi Community Orchestra and is on the music faculty at Pomona College, Glendale College and Pasadena City College. Burkhart graduated from Occidental College and earned a master?s degree at the University of Southern California. He is currently pursuing a DMA in conducting at Claremont Graduate University.
The performance, which is free and open to the public, will run approximately 70 minutes with intermission. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.