Time for Tuba!

May 14, 2017
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Chamber Series Artistic Directors J. Christopher Marshall, bassoon, and Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn join with William Eddins, conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on piano and Michelle Campbell, clarinet, to feature the Minnesota Orchestra’s Steven Campbell on the tuba. Principal tuba of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2005, Steven Campbell has performed across the nation and in Europe in orchestras, as soloist, chamber musician, and summer music festival participant. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Colorado Symphony and Seattle Symphony and Opera. This program includes various combinations of bassoon, horn, clarinet, piano, and tuba. A lighthearted piece in the afternoon’s repertoire will be one written by P. D. Q. Bach, a fictitious composer invented by musical satirist “Professor” Peter Schickele.


“Dutch” Suite in G Major for Bassoon and Tuba
PDQ Bach, arranged by Peter Schickele (b. 1935)

Mr. Minuit’s Minuet
Panther Dance
Dance of the Grand Dams
The Lowland Fling

Suite Populaire Espagñole from Siete Canciones populares Españolas
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

El Paño

Pieces for Clarinet and Cello (Tuba)

Max Bruch (1838-1920)

Rumänische Melodie
Allegro Vivace
Vast and Curious for french horn, tuba, and piano
James M. Stephenson (b. 1969)
Vivo si possibile
Adagio rubato
Allegro festivo


Photo credit: Joel Larson

Steven Campbell

Steve Campbell, principal tuba of the Minnesota Orchestra, assumed his current post in fall 2005. Since joining the orchestra, Campbell has performed as soloist on several occasions, performing “Landscape” for Tuba and Strings, Tubby the Tuba, and most recently, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Bass Tuba.

Inspired by his parents, who are both musicians, Campbell became interested in music at an early age.  His first teacher was his father, also a tuba player. Campbell went on to study at the University of Houston with David Kirk of the Houston Symphony. He then completed his bachelor of music degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston, studying with former Boston Symphony musician Chester Schmitz. More



Michelle Campbell

Michelle Montone Campbell, a native of Northern Virginia, has been performing and teaching the clarinet for over 20 years. She is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, receiving her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Clarinet Performance. Campbell has performed with and been a member of numerous orchestras over the years, most recently performing as a regular 2nd and bass clarinetist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony and the Colorado Symphony, as well as many others. Campbell currently holds the Bass Clarinet position with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and was the Bass Clarinetist with the Sarasota Orchestra for 14 years. She is an avid teacher and chamber musician, and has performed in many music festivals including Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, Tanglewood, Aspen, and Spoleto. Michelle currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Steve Campbell, Principal Tuba with the Minnesota Orchestra, and their two children, Rowen and Leo.

William Eddins

William Eddins is the Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras throughout the world.

Mr. Eddins is also an accomplished pianist and chamber musician. He regularly play-conducts from the piano in works by Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Ravel.

Recent conducting highlights include opening the 2014 Boston Symphony Tanglewood season with soprano Reneé Fleming, conducting the RAI Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale on Italian television and leading Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with Opera de Lyon. In a 2012 he led the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in a Carnegie Hall concert as part of the Spring for Music FestivalMore


Photo credit : Joel Larson

J. Christopher Marshall

Texas native J. Christopher Marshall, a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1999, made his debut as soloist with the Orchestra in performances of Dietter’s Concerto for Two Bassoons with John Miller, Jr., on the Orchestra’s 2008 Minnesota State Tour, with Osmo Vänskä conducting. At Sommerfest 2008 he reprised the work under the baton of Andrew Litton. In November 2014 he and his bassoon section colleagues were featured in performances of the same Dietter concerto, with Principal Bassoon John Miller, Jr. playing all three movements, and Marshall, Co-Principal Bassoon Mark Kelley, and Norbert Niebulowski joining him for one movement each. More



Photo credit: Joel Larson

Ellen Dinwiddie Smith

Ellen Dinwiddie Smith has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1993 and currently serves as third horn. She also contributes to Twin Cities musical life as the creator of a chamber music series, guest soloist, chamber music performer and private instructor. Recently Smith was a regular substitute musician with the Cleveland Orchestra; she also performed with the Kennedy Center Orchestra and was substitute principal horn with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras.

Smith developed the Colonial Chamber Series, launched in 2006, and organized the Musicians for Tsunami Relief benefit concert, both held at Colonial Church in Edina. She has performed with the Lakes Chamber Music Society in Alexandria, Minnesota, and the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival. She collaborated on the Dale Warland Singers’ CD Britten, Bernstein, et al., as a soloist in Aharon Harlap’s Bat Yiftach (Jephthah’s Daughter). More