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Richard Webb and Matthew Vangjel play Persichetti

The Hollow Men, opus 25 (1948) by Vincent Persichetti (1915–1987), played by Dr. Matthew Vangjel, trumpet, and Dr. Richard Webb, organ.

Recorded live at the opening concert performance of the Louisiana State University Trumpet Festival, March 4, 2022, at First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; organ by Casavant Frères, Opus 3932, IV/57, 2020.

Dr. Matthew Vangjel is Associate Professor of Trumpet at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Currently, he is a member of the Mirari Brass Quintet (Ariel Artists), with whom he maintains an active touring schedule both in the United States and abroad. Recently, Mirari spent two weeks touring China and released its second album, “renewed, reused, recycled.”  He also is a member of the internationally acclaimed Fountain City Brass Band (FCBB), a British-style brass band based in Kansas City, KS.  He can be heard as solo flugelhorn on all the FCBB albums and as a featured soloist on Over the Rainbow and Celtic Impressions. Since the fall of 2019, Vangjel has served as the principal trumpet of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. He also has performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Kansas City Symphony. He has been a featured soloist with the Fort Smith Symphony, Northland Symphony Orchestra and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. His first solo album, Still and Quiet Places, was released by Summit Records in October of 2019.

Dr. Richard Webb, lauded by the Bristol Herald-Courier as “a musician foremost,” is highly regarded as a facile, sensitive and uniquely synchronous accompanist on all keyboard instruments and is in significant demand as both a solo artist and collaborative partner for singers and instrumentalists. Dr. Webb is Organ/Harpsichord Principal of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Louisiana Touring Directory, is engaged as a collaborative artist and chamber musician by Bach's Five Productions and is represented as a concert organist by Concert Artist Cooperative. He is a featured artist on The Diapason's Artist Spotlights and was named a Louisiana Artist Fellow for Excellence in the Arts.