Fires, Invasion, and Splendor: a Baroque Trumpet's Life




Historically, the trumpet played the all-important role in civic life of signaling alarm--from invading armies to fires ranging within city walls. But gradually, in musical terms, it shed earthly connections to herald heavenly splendor. In this Perspective, Seattle-based baroque trumpeter Kris Kwapis talks about her instruments and the repertoire she loves to perform.  And don't miss her postcard!






Kris Kwapis appears regularly as soloist and principal trumpet with period-instrument ensembles across North America, including Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, and Bach Collegium San Diego. A Grammy-nominated artist, Kris has recorded on Kleos, Naxos, Musica Omnia and Dorian labels and her playing has been broadcast live on CBC, WNYC, WQED, Portland All-Classical (KQAC), Sunday Baroque and Wisconsin Public Radio. Kris is on faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music Historical Performance Institute and at home in Seattle. When not immersed in music, she is active as a visual artist in the encaustic medium.  




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