UVic horns in on lesser-known songs

Trumpet player heralds more than three decades of teaching and performing

UVic School of Music professor and trumpeter Louis Ranger has thoughtfully assembled some of the music that has inspired him the most throughout his lifetime.

Louis Ranger celebrates 36 years of both teaching and playing at the School of Music with faculty, students and the UVic Chamber Singers in a night performing lesser-known songs.

For Ranger, a UVic School of Music professor and trumpeter, some of the music that has inspired him most are pieces that fall a little under the radar.

The Faculty Chamber Music concert, Favourites From a Life in Music, marks a double milestone – his 36 years of teaching and his forthcoming retirement.

It features colleagues, alumni and students including Benjamin Butterfield, Susan Young, the Lafayette String Quartet and the UVic Chamber Singers.

“It has become a bit of a tradition to honour various milestones in our colleagues’ lives in our Faculty Chamber concerts,” said cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, who is also co-head of performance. “Lou has been a key inspiration and leader in our faculty since I can remember. His insights as a musician, educator and member of the university community at large have so positively impacted all of us.”

Works on the program include the Capricorn Concerto – Samuel Barber’s homage to Bach – and Serenata by Alfredo Casella, a piece that entered Ranger’s repertory in the 1960s while studying with brass players of the Boston Symphony.

Favourites From a Life in Music is Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Building, at UVic. Tickets are $18 or $14 for students, seniors and alumni, available at the door or through the UVic Ticket Centre online at tickets.uvic.ca or by phone at 250-721-8480.





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