FOUR TROMBONES ARE BETTER THAN ONE
LINCOLN CITY – The Pacific Trombone Quartet will bring shiny brass and satisfying tones to the auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, at a special encore concert set for Saturday, Jan. 14. The quartet — Greg Scholl, Lars Campbell, Kenneth Biggs and John Warton — played to an enthusiastic crowd at the center last January and this time they’ll play a varied program that includes Debussy and Haydn, as well as arrangements of Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel classics. Most of their favorites are transcriptions arranged for four trombones, but they also pull from the worldwide library of compositions written especially for the trombone quartet.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on January 14th, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. Tickets, on sale now at the cultural center, are $15 general, $10 for seniors and students, and free for children under 12. For tickets and information, call 541-994-9994, on line at LincolnCity-CulturalCenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.
• Greg Scholl plays principal trombone in the Portland Columbia Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony and the Newport Symphony orchestras. He also plays in the Portland Brass Quintet and with the Michael Vlatkovich Trio. Scholl earned his performance degree at the University of Texas at Austin, and his law degree from the Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law, and is the director of the public defender’s office in Hillsboro.
• Lars Campbell received a degree in jazz performance from Portland State University, and is trained in both jazz and classical repertoires. Campbell is a member of the jazz trio Chopslaughter, as well as the Bobby Torres Ensemble, Pepe & the Bottle Blondes, the Nu Shooz orchestra and several Portland area big bands. In addition to his sideline of composition and arranging, Campbell regularly plays with the Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestras.
• An active freelance musician, Kenneth Biggs plays bass trombone with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Chamber, Portland Festival Symphony and Newport Symphony orchestras. Biggs is equally comfortable on tenor and bass trombone, and enjoys early music and historically informed performance — including the Renaissance style bass sacbut, which he played with the Portland Baroque Orchestra.
• John Warton is also a free-lancer, who plays with the Portland Columbia Symphony and Newport Symphony orchestras, and with other brass ensembles all over Portland. He earned his degree in music performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and was a member of several symphonies and bands in Texas, (including the trombone quartet The Slide Handlers) in Texas. He is also the son of Oregon Coast music teacher and pianist Rita Warton, who has been a moving force in the Pacific Trombone Quartet’s performances in Lincoln City.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers performances, fine arts, art classes and visitor information inside the Delake School at 540 NE Hwy. 101. Other upcoming events include the opening of Jean Lowry’s art exhibit on Jan. 6, the bluegrass punk of Deadwood Revival on Jan. 7, and the launch of the Coffee Concert series on Jan. 22.