Well-known Trumpet virtuoso Mike Blake, accompanied by pianist Albert Combrink, will be performing in recital at Larmenier Villiage at Nazareth House, Cape Town on Sunday, 13 February 2011, at 17H30.
The programme will include a selection of Baroque Trumpet virtuoso showpieces performed on various instruments suitable to the style of the pieces. Helstedt’s devilish Napoli Variations, Gershwin’s Three Preludes arranged for Trumpet and Piano are interspersed with solo piano works by Liszt and Mozart. The second half of the programme is an Evergreen selection of Jazz Standards.
For Bookings and information, please call Nancy Hofmeyr on (021) 461 3687
Larmenier Village Cape Town
1 Derry Street
Telephone: (021) 461 3687
Michael Blake received a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa in 1981 and has taught at the public school and at the university level in the USA, as well as in Germany and South Africa. He attended the Aspen School of Music and the Pierre Montreux Music school, and taught and performed at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. He also served as Artist in Residence for the State of Georgia. Dr. Blake performed as Principal Trumpet of the Nurnberg Philharmonic Orchestra for ten years, during which time he also played with various orchestras throughout Europe, including the Bamberg Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, the Suisse Romande, as well as numerous radio orchestras. While in Europe, he also performed and taught at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. After joining the CTSO as principal trumpet in 1986, he was featured as soloist several times, and has recently premiered a work for flugelhorn and orchestra by Stanley Glasser, African Nights, with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic. He is one of the founding members of the Solid Brass Quintet and of the African-jazz group, Intsholo, which has performed internationally representing South Africa at the Olympics in 1996. In 2001 Dr. Blake started to expand his musical palette to include playing lighter music, playing in such diverse groups as the Jonny Cooper Orchestra (lead trumpet) as well as in various small jazz ensembles such as Doc ‘n the Croc and Open Secret. In addition he performs often with renowned organist, Zorada Temmingh and soprano, Sanet Allen, having performed at the KKNK in Oudsthoorn.. He teaches at the University of Cape Town.