It's been two years since David Cohen took his seat as the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's principal trumpet, but this weekend we will finally see him front and center.
Cohen will make his solo concerto debut with the TSO in "Divine Dvorák," a concert anchored by Dvorák's uncharacteristically sunny and optimistic Eighth Symphony.
Cohen will perform Johann Hummel's Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, a piece that had fairly faded into obscurity until it was rediscovered by a Yale University student in 1958. Since then the work, composed in 1803 for Austrian virtuoso Anton Weidinger, has become Hummel's most famous and is regarded as one of the top concertos in the trumpet literature. The Trumpet Concerto also led to a rediscovery of Hummel's work in general.
About Cohen: A native of Illinois, he signed onto the TSO a month before graduating from Northwestern, where he earned his bachelor's degree. During college, he was a regular with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony, and is an alum of Tanglewood Music Center and the National Orchestral Institute.
In addition to playing with the TSO, Cohen is a regular with the Tucson Chamber Artists.
About the concert: Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets are $26 to $79 at tucsonsymphony.org or by calling 882-8585. Memphis Symphony Orchestra Music Director Mei-Ann Chen will guest conduct in a program that opens with Smetana's Overture to "The Bartered Bride," followed by the Hummel Trumpet Concerto and Dvorák's Symphony No. 8.
Cathalena E. Burch