The Mannes Trombone Quartet gives the World Premiere of Rodríguez’ Leyenda
As part of the 2017 Texas State Trombone Symposium concert recitals, Iván Enrique Rodríguez’ trombone quartet Leyenda will be premiere by the Mannes Trombone Quartet from the Mannes School of Music. The demanding chamber music recital will feature the world premiere of Rodríguez’ virtuosic and demanding Leyenda as well as pieces by Francis Poulenc, Johann Sebastian Bach, Claude Debussy and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The concert will take place at the Recital Hall of the Texas State University's Performing Arts Centre.
The Mannes Trombone Quartet
The Mannes Trombone Quartet is a chamber music group formed in September 2016 by students of Weston Sprott, Demian Austin and Denson Paul Pollard from the MET Opera Orchestra in Mannes School of Music in New York City. Initially coached by bass trombone virtuoso Dave Taylor, the group consists of: Michael Burner, Di Wang, Christian Howard and Nayib González. As it started in the form of just a mandatory chamber music requirement at the school, since it’s beginnings there’s been great chemistry and blend between each player. Performing mostly classical music, the group is mainly distinguished by each individual’s cultural background, with Michael and Christian being from the United States, Di from China and Nayib from Puerto Rico.
"Leyenda" (Spanish for "Legend") is a piece based on the essence of the earnest Hero. The piece revolves around the philosophical view of the human that needs to accept his fate of devoting himself to the greater good. A journey of truth that, while filled with threatening adversity, encourages him to transcend his human state and becoming a Legend.