Ken Benshoof is revered as the "Pied Piper of the Piccolo." He has composed numerous incidental and chamber works. In addition to that, he has composed a number of works featuring solo piccolo that have made him somewhat of a household name amongst piccolo players. We will hear one of these pieces with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this month (2/27), featuring Jennifer Gunn on the piccolo.
2/6 Prokofiev: Sinfonietta Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar Walker: Lyric for Strings (Alexey Tikhomirov, bs; Men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, dir; Riccardo Muti, cond)
2/13 Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, Piano Concerto No. 3 Brahms: Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3, 10, and 5 Hindemith: Symphony, Mathis der Maler Wagner: Preludes to Act 3 and Act 1 of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (David Fray, p; Riccardo Muti and Fritz Reiner, cond)
2/20 Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni, Symphony No. 40 Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (Robert Chen, v; Riccardo Muti, cond)
2/27 Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto Benshoof: Piccolo Concerto in Three Movements Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 Stephenson: Bass Trombone Concerto Gershwin: An American in Paris (Jennifer Gunn, pic; Charles Vernon, tn; Riccardo Muti cond)