Review: Grand Rapids Symphony Night at the Oscars

"But it was pianist Rich Ridenour and trumpeter Brandon Ridenour, father and son, who brought the house down – the elder Ridenour, with his deadpan, subversive sense of humor, and the younger Ridenour with his snazzy, muted trumpet work playing Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther Theme" as well as his sensuous flugelhorn on a laidback, breezy version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Together, the Grand Rapids natives rewrote George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" from piano solo with orchestra to piano solo plus assorted trumpet solos with orchestra, a shiny, new extravaganza fashioned from an old, treasured chestnut.

"America" from "West Side Story" began with Brandon Ridenour on trumpet, but it ended with both Ridenours at the keyboard, carving up the piano solo into a duel accompanied by orchestra. When the smoke cleared, both duelers were still standing, but so was the audience with thunderous applause."

YouTube performances:

Brazil alla Eddy Duchin
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
**NEW**  America with Brandon Ridenour
Simple Gifts with Brandon Ridenour, trumpet



See the store for recordings and arrangements!