CCCO Q&A with Chad Goodman

by Sep 25, 2018

As the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra begins their 2018/19 season, we sat down with CCCO’s new music director, Chad Goodman for a Q&A:

Chad Goodman ConductingDo you think that everyone can enjoy classical music?
Yes, I do. Classical music is not static, a single movement of a symphony might present a dozen emotions. The themes that composers pour into their works are universal, and as a conductor, it is my responsibility to highlight and share these with our musicians and audiences.

How do you plan to expand and diversify your audience?
Everyone craves new experiences as well as the chance to become part of a community. I feel that by talking about the history of the music we are presenting, what was happening in the world when the music was written, or why this music has a close personal connection to the performers, we will be able to generate an enthusiastic, diverse audience. And this information will be accessible through blog posts, videos on our website and social media platforms, and discussions at our live shows.

What are you excited about in this upcoming season with CCCO? Any specific collaborations you are looking forward to?
I am tremendously excited about the world-class soloists we will be collaborating with this season, especially trumpeter Joe Brown of the SF Ballet Orchestra.  

I met Joe several years ago when he joined the SF Ballet Orchestra. I have no doubt that the artistry and finesse that he will bring to our November program “The Trumpet Shall Sound” will blow everyone away! Joe will be performing two gorgeous, diverse works. These two works, written nearly 150 years apart, reveal the true versatility that the trumpet has to offer.

Joe’s first solo, Alan Hovhannes’s serene “Prayer of Saint Gregory” is an intimate, reflective work that displays the singing, vocal quality that the trumpet is capable of creating.

And Joe’s second solo, Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s breath-taking “Trumpet Concerto in Eb.” is a stark contrast to the Hovhaness. It is a tour de force that requires the soloist to jump between heroic, military-style fanfares, and delicate, flute-like lyrical passages. The third movement is filled with a barrage of lightning-fast sixteenth note runs that cover the entire range of the instrument. It is a remarkable composition!


Who are your favorite composers?
Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel, Jean Sibelius, Claude Debussy

What is your most treasured possession?
My grandfather’s Bach Stradivarius trumpet. Both my grandfather and father played trumpet. My father still practices every day and we play duets whenever I go home for a visit. I feel incredibly fortunate to make music on an instrument so deeply connected to my family!

What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of people enjoying meals and drinks with friends. The combination of laughter, talking, the clinking glasses and cutlery is a reminder of just how important it is to spend time with people that you love.

What is your life motto?
If it doesn’t bring you happiness, don’t do it.

Chad Goodman at Piano Smiling

See Chad Goodman’s Debut as Music Director with the CCCO

This September 29th and 30th, Chad Goodman takes the stage as CCCO’s new music director in their 2018-2019 season opener, “How to Make it in America”. Join us as we perform works by composers who have made a name for themselves in America such as African-American composer William Grant Still, well-loved Bay Area composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen, Antonin Dvorak and George Gershwin.

Saturday, September 29, 2:00 pm
El Campanil Theatre, Antioch, 925-757-9500
Adults $20, Seniors (62 & over) $15, Youth (17 & under) $7

Sunday, September 30, 2:00 pm
Lesher Arts Center, Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469
Adults $30, Seniors (62 & over) $20, Youth (17 & under) $10

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