JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will be joined by local pianist Rich Ridenour and his son, trumpeter Brandon Ridenour, to perform a variety of music on Friday and Saturday nights.
The program is called “I Love a Piano II,” which features music mostly arranged by the Ridenours themselves.
“It’s a good chance to see the orchestra playing everything that it does in its concerts,” Ridenour tells WOKV.
The concert features Gershwin and Beethoven all the way to Billy Joel and Elton John.
Ridenour says playing for the home crowd is always the hardest because you have to work hard and impress them.
“You wanna be loved in your community,” he says.
Branden Ridenour, a member of renowned Canadian Brass, tours across the country for a living.
“Playing and being down here in Jacksonville is certainly lower key,” he says. “Not to mention I naturally feel more relaxed just because of the climate.”
Rich Ridenour mentors young music students in the Jacksonville-area public schools. In 2011, he introduced “City Keys” to the city, helping to paint and locate six upright pianos into the downtown area for everyone to play.
“These pianos are a symbol that music is for everyone,” Ridenour says. He’ll be playing one of the pianos during the “I Love a Piano II” for a ragtime piece.
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Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra - I Love a Piano II
Rich Ridenour, piano
Brandon Ridenour, trumpet
Conducted by Stuart Chafetz
Strike Up the Band GERSHWIN, arr. Green & Brown
Finale from Concerto in F GERSHWIN
Pathetique BEETHOVEN, arr. B. Ridenour
Linus and Lucy Guaraldi, arr. R. Ridenour
Adios Nonino PIAZZOLLA, arr. R. Ridenour
Minute Waltz CHOPIN, arr. R. Ridenour
Carnival of Venice DEL STAIGERS, arr. R. Ridenour
The Entertainer JOPLIN, ed. Schuller
Nickel in the Slot CONFREY, arr. R. Ridenour
Funeral For a Friend JOHN, arr. R. Ridenour
Piano Man JOEL
Basin Street Blues WILLIAMS, arr. B. Ridenour
Simple Gifts JOSEPH, arr. R. Ridenour
Rhapsody in Blue GERSHWIN
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra can be reached at 904-354-5547 or by logging on to www.JaxSymphony.org
For more information on City Keys, go to www.CityKeys.org