307 Kingsbury Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350-6099
Phone: 219.362.9020

The Robert J. Hiler Family Foundation April Pops Concert

  • Saturday, April 20, 2013
  • 7:30 pm Concert
  • La Porte Civic Auditorium

Pianist Rich Ridenour invades La Porte Indiana joined by his son and Canadian Brass trumpeter, Brandon Ridenour! This father-son duo will deliver an evening full of imagination, humor and dazzling music including Rhapsody in Blue!

KORNGOLD The Sea Hawk Suite
ADDINSELL Warsaw Concerto
LENNON - Eleanor Rigby
PIAZOLLA - Tango Adios
MANCINI - Pink Panther
BARROSO – Brazil
THIELE-WEISS - Wonderful World
RIDENOUR - Carnival of Venice  

SOUSA - The Stars and Stripes Forever
LOESSER - Music from Guys and Dolls
JOEL - Rootbeer Rag
DINICU - Hora Staccato
BRACKETT - Simple Gifts
GERSHWIN - Rhapsody in Blue

Here's What You Might Hear

Here are some excerpts of our April Pops soloists:

Brandon Ridenour

Richard Ridenour


"Billy Joel - Root Beer Rag"

Rich Ridenour

Pianist Rich Ridenour has built a formidable career performing concerts of great piano favorites ranging from classical masterworks to American ragtime, jazz and rock & roll. Recent orchestral engagements include cities such as Jacksonville, Temple, Grand Rapids, Tucson, Evansville, Charleston, WV, Elgin, Owensboro, as well as the Bravissimo Festival of Guatemala City. Each season Rich serves as pops conductor for the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra.

Rich has instructed piano at Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, Calvin College and Western Michigan University. Because of his interest in music outreach and the development of musically aspiring youth, Rich co-founded the Grand Rapids Musicians’ League and created the popular Keller Cooler Music Series, held at the Forest Hills Arts Center in Grand Rapids.

Rich spent two years developing educational programs as Education Director for the Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo. He developed Camp Gilmore, Keys Fest and educational piano programs in the public schools and juvenile center.

Since 2008, Jacksonville has been home for Rich and his wife Stacy, who serves as executive director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 Rich performed 52 concerts across the country with his son, Brandon, who resides in New York and is the youngest trumpet member of the Canadian Brass. Younger brother Ross graduated from Western Michigan University in Aviation Sciences.

When not touring, Rich mentors young music students in Jacksonville area public schools that are without musical instrument instruction. In 2011 Rich introduced City Keys to the city of Jacksonville. Six upright pianos painted by area professional artists bring energy to the downtown sidewalks for everyone to play and explore. Visit www.citykeys.org for more information!

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Rich received a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. His teachers include Louis Nagel, Josef Raieff, Ruth Hemmes and all the wonderful people joining him around the piano bar in his youth. Rich Ridenour is an international Steinway Artist.


Brandon Ridenour

Brandon Ridenour met the Canadian Brass in 2005 as a trumpet student at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. One year later, he joined the group at the age of 20, becoming the youngest member in the ensemble's 40-year history.

The same year, Brandon made his orchestral debut as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center's 35th Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC. He has been invited to perform with some of the world's leading ensembles, including the International Contemporary Ensemble, the New York Philharmonic, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Europe.

As a soloist, Brandon has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Ensemble ACJW, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Grand Rapids Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, and the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival. Brandon has appeared on numerous occasions at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, and Isaac Stern Auditorium, and most recently performed "Penny Lane" alongside Sting and James Taylor for the celebration of Carnegie Hall's 100th Anniversary in 2011.

Brandon, the composer, received a honorable mention from ASCAP's 2006 Morton Gould Young Composer Competition and, in 2006, he won the International Trumpet Guild solo competition performing his own composition, Sonata for Trumpet and Piano. Brandon is an extremely prolific composer/arranger with more than 70 pieces to his name including several arrangements featured by Canadian Brass on recordings and in concert.

As a member of the esteemed Canadian Brass, Brandon has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and in notable venues including the Concert Hall of National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Lucerne Concert Hall in Switzerland, and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall in Germany. As an active teacher and educator, he has given numerous master-classes around the world and was recently involved in a residency with El Sistema, the acclaimed global music education program in Venezuela with the Brass. Brandon has recorded eight albums to date for the Canadian Brass, which have featured his rich talents as both a performer and arranger. As part of the exclusive agreement between Conn-Selmer and Canadian Brass, Brandon plays Bach Artisan Trumpets, (Bb, C, Eb, and Piccolo) a Bach Cornet 184ML and a Conn "Vintage One" (V1) Flugelhorn.

Born in New York and raised in Michigan, Brandon began studying piano at the age of five with his father and trumpet at the age of nine and throughout the years has frequently performed as a father-son duo with pianist, Rich Ridenour.

Brandon earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School in 2007, studying with Ray Mase and Mark Gould and is an alum of the Academy, a two year fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. Brandon currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.


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