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William McHargue Gibson was born in Marlow, Oklahoma on 30 November 1916. His was a musical family. He was the third of six musically and artistically gifted children of Rev. Dr. Oscar Lee Gibson, a Baptist minister. William and his brothers grew up in Jackson, Arkansas where their father was a preacher. Brother Dr. Oscar Lee Gibson, Jr. was a Professor of clarinet at the University of North Texas, and brother Hugh Dana Gibson was later a violist with the Houston Symphony after having studied at the Tanglewood Music Festival. William Gibson attended Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, now Oklahoma State, and then the University of Michigan. William Gibson gained admission to the Curtis Institute, graduating in the Class of 1939. Immediately after Curtis, Gibson became Principal trombone of the National Symphony of Washington DC. He served in Washington one season 1939-1940. William Gibson was then appointed Philadelphia Orchestra second trombone by Eugene Ormandy, serving 1940-1942. Gibson then joined the Indianapolis Symphony as Principal trombone, serving three seasons 1942-1945. He became New York City Center Symphony under Leonard Bernstein as Principal trombone 1945-1946. He then moved to the Pittsburgh Symphony as Principal trombone, appointed by Fritz Reiner, where he served for 9 seasons 1946-1955.

View Notes - Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No 5 from SOCIO 145 at UNC Asheville

Douglas Yeo was born in Monterey, California on 19 May 1955 and grew up in Queens, New York and in Valley Stream, New York, where he started playing the trombone at age nine. In Oak Ridge, New Jersey he graduated from Jefferson Township High School in 1973. He studied at Indiana University 1973-1974 and then at Wheaton College, Illinois where he earned his BMus in 1976 with honors. In Illinois, his teacher was the great . Doug Yeo also studied with Keith Brown of the Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, who taught at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (Brown was also a teacher of Toby Oft and Steve Lange, so a 'Boston Symphony Triple'). Yeo gained his MA degree from New York University. Doug Yeo joined the Baltimore Symphony in 1981 as Bass trombone, where he served for five seasons 1981-1985. While in Baltimore, Doug Yeo was on the faculties of both the Peabody Conservatory and of the Catholic University of Washington DC. Doug Yeo was also active from 1998-2008 as was Music Director of the New England Brass Band which released five compact disc recordings under his direction: Christmas Joy! in 1999, Honour and Glory in 2001, The Light of the World in 2004, This Is Christmas in 2005, and Be Glad Then America in 2007, which was winner of the North American Brass Band Association's 2007 "Recording of the Year" award. Douglas Yeo has often been a soloist, unusual for the Bass trombone, both with the Baltimore Symphony and the Boston Symphony. In 1991, he performed John William's Tuba Concerto on bass trombone with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by the composer. In addition to the bass trombone, Doug Yeo plays bass trumpet, contrabass trombone, and from his interest in historical brasses, also the serpent, ophicleide and bass sackbut. In May 1997, Yeo performed Simon Proctor's Concerto for Serpent and Orchestra with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of John Williams.


Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony" by Ralph Vaughan Williams

After the interval the orchestra will perform Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 5 in D. Again from our programme notes:

The NBC Symphony Orchestra 1941-1943 After four seasons conducting the orchestra created for him: the NBC Symphony Orchestra 1937-1941, Arturo Toscanini became dissatisfied, for reasons beyond the scope of this brief Stokowski biography. Consequently, on April 30, 1941, prior to the 1941-1942 season, Toscanini wrote to David Sarnoff, RCA Chairman. Toscanini indicated he would not continue with the orchestra for the 1941-1942 season 30. The letter was not a definitive rupture, but a decision Toscanini attributed to fatigue. Sarnoff also avoided a permanent separation from Toscanini, but at the same time, took action to assured the 1941-1942 NBC season by appointing Leopold Stokowski as conductor of the NBC Symphony concerts for that season. This appointment of Stokowski was salutary for the NBC Symphony concerts, not only because of his great conducting abilities, but also for his typically innovative programming, which included many works, particularly contemporary, which were not in the Toscanini repertoire. With the NBC, Stokowski gave the American premiere of Prokofiev's symphonic cantata Alexander Nevsky, excerpts from Prokofiev's opera The Love for Three Oranges, then only two decades old, Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, ballet music from Deems Taylor's Ramuntcho, Gustav Holst's The Planets and Ralph Vaughan Williams's lacerating Symphony no 4 in a blazing performance and recording. Another Symphony no 4 composed and performed in 1942 was by George Antheil. He also programmed such Stokowski specialties as Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Tchaikovsky's Marche slave opus 31 and Symphony no 4 and several of the Stokowski orchestrations of Bach and Chopin. Many of these performances were also recorded by RCA Victor and sold well.