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Concert Featuring acclaimed French Hornist Francisco Donaruma
October 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
One event on October 20, 2019 at 5:00pm
French Horn recital featuring the French Horn, Piano, and Tuba. Compositions to be performed:
- Sonata No.1 by Alec Wilder for Piano and French Horn
- Elegie 1957 by Francis Poulenc for Piano and French Horn
- Kirchen Arie 1667 by Alessandro Stradella for Piano and French Horn
- The Suite for French Horn, Tuba, and Piano by Alec Wilder
Highlights: Frank Donaruma
Frank Donaruma, hailed by music aficionados globally as a world-class French hornist and overall musician, is principal French horn player for the Queens Symphony Orchestra. He simultaneously served as principal French hornist for the American Ballet Theater (ABT) orchestra until his recent retirement from that role after many years with ABT.
Donaruma’s stellar career as a French horn player spans every facet of the music industry – symphony, opera, chamber, soloist, ballet and pops – in concert halls, Broadway theaters, television, radio, recordings and film soundtracks.
Donaruma, formerly, served as principal French horn player for the Kansas City Philharmonic, The Royal Ballet, New Jersey Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony. He also was substitute principal for the Indianapolis Symphony, New York Pops Orchestra, The Brooklyn Philharmonic and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His orchestral experience, additionally, includes the Metropolitan Opera and various ballet tours.
As a soloist, Donaruma has performed concertos with many of the aforementioned orchestras. He also is a distinguished chamber musician: He toured the world with the Phoenix Woodwind Quintet for seven years and with the American Brass Quintet in 1963; and he, currently, is a member of the Queens Symphony Orchestra’s Woodwind Quintet.
TV and Radio, Recordings, Films and Broadway
Among Donaruma’s television appearances are several with the American Ballet Theatre, including performances of Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Petroushka and Firebird. He also appeared on TV with the New York City Ballet; with the New York Philharmonic under conductorship of Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta; and with the New Jersey Symphony in a worldwide United Nations Day broadcast. Additionally, he performed on various TV shows, including those hosted by Rosie O’Donnell and David Letterman.
During his tenure at the Metropolitan Opera, Donaruma made numerous live radio broadcasts for Texaco.
His recording credits, similarly, are extensive: from the Baltimore Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera to the Charlie Mingus Big Band, Peter Nero, Lee Konitz, and the New York Neophonic Orchestra. He also has performed on many film soundtracks, including Reds (Warren Beatty), Garbo Talks, Billy Bathgate, Cape Fear, and Swamp Thing.
On top of all this, Donaruma has performed with the orchestras that opened many Broadway shows, such as Oliver, Hyman Kaplan, A Dolls Life, My Fair Lady, The Boy and The Aviator, Sho-Gun, and 1776.