Winner, New Works Festival, Actors Bridge Theatre, 2004.
Nate Kleiman was the greatest orchestral trumpet player in the world—thirty years ago. At the age of sixty-five he is still hanging on as principal trumpet of the American Philharmonic Orchestra. His friends, second trumpet Phil Rabowski and third trumpet Angie Vaccaro, try to convince him that it’s time to retire, but for Nate, a widower, playing the trumpet has become his life and only reason for being. The situation remains at an uncomfortable stalemate until Mitchell Harris, a brash, talented young trumpet player, joins the orchestra. The presence of Harris, obviously being groomed by conductor Andre Capalov to replace Nate, breaks the stalemate and leads to a series of events forcing Nate to face his own mortality.
Besides witnessing these events, we explore the world of the symphony musician through preconcert “chats” by Phil Rabowski, by hearing the musicians’ thoughts as they play, and through the sounds of cascading words-as-music at rehearsals and in concerts.