Great Men of Music

Great Men of Music
Concert Program

Overture to “Candide”

Music by Leonard Berstein

The Unforgettable Nat Cole

Arranged by Lee Norris

A Trumpeter’s Lulllaby

Music by Leroy Anderson

Featuring Mark Baldin

Duke Ellington Too

Arranged by Lee Norris

The Music of Billy Joel

Arranged by Sonny Kompanek


Strike Up the Band

Music by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin

Arranged by John Whitney


Arranged by Ted Ricketts

A Salute to Ray Charles

Arranged by Lee Norris

Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel

Music by Paul Simon

Arranged by Robert W. Lowden

A Tribute to the King

Arranged by Ted Ricketts


Mark Baldin – Trumpet

Mark Baldin, Principal Trumpet with the Wheaton Symphony, holds the same position with the Rockford Symphony (since 1984), The Mendelssohn Club Chamber Orchestra, and the Rockford Wind Ensemble, among other groups. He also performs in other facets of music, such as big band and Dixieland jazz, brass quintets and brass bands in addition to being an active soloist. In 2009 he premiered a Concerto for Trumpet by Illinois composer Mark Lathan with the Rockford Symphony. In addition to performing, Mark also maintains a teaching studio of 30 to 40 students with ages from 9 to 72. He lives in DeKalb with his very tolerant and understanding wife Cathy, two frenetic Jack Russell Terriers, and a large and ever-growing record collection.

Program Notes

Overture to “Candide”

This operetta, based on Voltaire’s novella, with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, has seen a rather tumultuous existence in the nearly 60 years of its…

Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole ascended from unknown to one of the most popular and enduring recording artists in the world in a fairly organic fashion. Playing in…

A Trumpeter’s Lullaby

Best known for his lighter orchestral compositions, Leroy Anderson found great success and fame in the 1950s conducting recordings of his works. One of…

Duke Ellington

One of the most legendary jazz artists of all-time, Duke Ellington was a prolific composer, performer, and bandleader whose national fame helped popularize…

Billy Joel

One of the best-selling recording artists in the United States, “Piano Man” Billy Joel spent over twenty years writing and recording an eclectic array of music…

Strike Up the Band

Though the overture to this, the first fully-integrated score to a book musical, remains a well-known concert selection, the musical it precedes is far less…

Ray Charles

This legendary singer-songwriter was the son of a sharecropper and a mechanic, and developed an interest in music at an early age. Soon after, he…

Simon & Garfunkel

Childhood friends Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel first performed music together while in high school, leading to a single record that charted, but little else at…

Elvis Presley

What new can be written about the most successful and popular solo recording artist of all time? ‘The King’ earned his moniker through his energetic…