James Ackley, Guest Faculty Trumpet Recital November 11 at Laidlaw

Posted on November 6, 2014 by Keith Bohnet
Keith Bohnet

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James Ackley, trumpet professor at the University of Southa Carolina, will perform a Guest Faculty Trumpet Recital on Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. With the collaboration of pianist Robert Holm and trumpeter Peter Wood, the recital will consist of a wide variety of interesting and entertaining works for trumpet and piano, including: Georeg Philipp Telemann’s Sonata in D, Joseph Turrin’s Two Portraits, Juan Carlos Valencia Ramos’s Andante y Scherzo, Allen Vizzutti’s Trumpet Sonata No. 3, and Jose Pascual-Vilaplana’s Les Noces del Manya.

Ackley will actually serve as artist-in-residence at the University of South Alabama on Monday and Tuesday, November 10 and 11. During his time with the Music Department, he will teach a trumpet masterclass (1:25 p.m. on Monday) and perform a trumpet recital (7:30 p.m. on Tuesday). All events will take place in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. 

Interested parties may phone Dr. Peter Wood at (251) 460-7821 for more information.

Tickets for the Tuesday night, November 11 concert will be sold at the door only. Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty & staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only). Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call (251) 460-7116 or (251) 460-6136.


James Ackley is the former soloist and principal trumpet of the Grammy Award-winning Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra.  His teachers included James Darling (Cleveland Orchestra, retired), Michael Sachs (principal of the Cleveland Orchestra), Mary Squire (principal of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, retired) and Eugene Blee (principal of the Cincinnati Symphony, retired). Ackley has performed with the Charleston Symphony, Moscow State Radio Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Bogota Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, and many others. As a soloist and recitalist, he has performed in more than thirty countries and in some of the most famous concert halls in the world.  He is a member of the award-winning Bala Brass Quintet, which released their first CD, entitled Revealed, in 2014. As a recording artist, Ackley has recorded several solo CDs to critical acclaim, culminating in four Grammy nominations:  Recital Music for Trumpet (Claronade Records 2005), Lirico Latino (MSR Classics 2007), Tromba Mundi (MSR Classics 2009), .Gabriel (“dot Gabriel” opera for solo trumpet, Beauport Classics 2010), Eternal Source of Light Divine (Accord Records 2011), New American Music for Trumpet (Beauport Classics 2012), and Plastic (opera for solo trumpet, Beauport Classics 2014). A champion of new music, Ackley has personally commissioned well over forty works for trumpet, including an opera and a ballet in which he also had world premiere recordings. James Ackley is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, performing exclusively on Yamaha trumpets.


Need directions to Laidlaw? Just go to Google Maps at www.maps.google.com and enter "USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center." We're actually on the corner of University Blvd. and USA Drive South.

Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event! Call (251) 460-7116 or email kbohnet@southalabama.edu. Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert! (Pass Holders only please! Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)

For information on how to join the Musical Arts Society, visit our website at www.southalabama.edu/music and click on "events and programs" to see everything you need to know about the Musical Arts Concert Series and USA's Musical Arts Society.

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