North Harris College welcomes world famous trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti Mar. 5 and 6

Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, ‘Doc’ Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Rochester N.Y., Syracuse, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Phoenix, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg to name a few. Music lovers in Germany, Poland, England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States have heard his brilliant sound over the airwaves of national television. Allen’s status as an artist has led to solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

From his home in Seattle Washington, Vizzutti’s current career activities embody an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at colleges and universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Vizzutti’s solo jazz recordings include CDs such as “Trumpet Summit” and “Skyrocket” from Summit Records. Classical CDs currently available from DeHaske Music Publishing Recordings are “The Emerald Concerto and Other Gems,” with the Budapest Radio Orchestra, “Vizzutti Plays Vizzutti” and “Vizzutti and Soli On Tour.” His “High Class Brass,” (also DeHaske Recordings), is a wonderfully unique classical and jazz blend co-produced, co-written and performed with fellow trumpet artist, composer and conductor, Jeff Tyzik along with a 90 piece studio orchestra. Also of interest are “Baroque and Beyond,” from Sony, “The Carnival of Venus,” (Summit Records), and “A Trumpeter’s Dream,” (Ludwig Music Publishing).

As Artist in Residence, Vizzutti has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State University, Ohio State University, West Texas State University, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen Germany. He is professor of trumpet at the University of Washington. His extensive treatise, “The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method” and his “New Concepts for Trumpet,” (Alfred Music Publishing), have become standards works for trumpet study world wide. Many more of Vizzutti’s jazz and classical books, play along recordings, and student and recital compositions are published by DeHaske/Hal Leonard, Southern Music, and Ars Nova. His writings include solo pieces for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and harp, chamber groups, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and symphony orchestra.

Vizzutti’s love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, London Symphony, the renowned Summit Brass and others.

While growing up in Montana, Vizzutti was taught by his father, a self taught musician and trumpet player, until he left home to attend the Eastman School of Music on full scholarship. There he earned the Bachelor of Arts in  Music and Master of  Arts in Music degrees, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble, and the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded a wind player in Eastman’s 85 year history.

While living in Los Angeles during the 80’s, Vizzutti performed on over 100 motion picture sound tracks, such as Back To The Future and Star Trek, as well as countless TV shows, commercials and recordings with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, the Commodores and Prince. His soaring sounds can be heard on recent projects including the movies “40 Days and 40 Nights,” “Unfaithfully Yours,” “Gridiron Gang,” “Scary Movie Four,” and the “Medal of Honor” and “Halo II” video games.

Vizzutti will conduct an instrumental workshop on Monday, March 5 at 5 p.m. in the North Harris College Performing Arts Theatre, which is located in the Fine Arts Building. The workshop is open to the public. There is no charge for the workshop, but seating is limited.

Allen will perform in a jazz concert the evening of Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m in the NHC Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets for the concert are $10. He will perform with the Region 9 All-Region Jazz Ensemble, Gale Force, and the Hurricane Jazz Orchestra.

On Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m., Mr. Vizzutti will be the guest artist for the North Star Wind Symphony. Special guest stars will be the Paragon Brass. The concert will be held in the North Harris College Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets for the concert are $10.

North Harris College band director, Dr. Brack May, advises everyone to reserve tickets in advance because of the intimate setting of the performance venue. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door on the night of the performance. To reserve tickets, contact Dr. May at 281.618.5644 or e-mail him at brack.m.may@lonestar.edu.

North Harris College is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive., one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit northharris.lonestar.edu.

NHMCCD, among the five largest and fastest growing community colleges in Texas, comprises, North Harris College, Kingwood College, Tomball College, Montgomery College, Cy-Fair College, six satellite centers, and The University Center.

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