P. Bradley Ulrich, professor of trumpet at Western Carolina University, has been invited to perform at the internationally famous St. Bart’s Music Festival. Ulrich will be performing an orchestra concert and an opera at the French West Indies island, St. Barthelemy, or St. Barts as the locals call it, from Jan. 29–Feb. 4.
Since 1984, St. Barts has hosted a performing arts festival that organizers say is unlike any other in the world. Each year during January the festival offers more than a dozen nights of live music and dance performances in an informal, island setting.
Audiences are treated to intimate concerts by some of the world’s most prominent classical, opera, ballet and jazz stars. These performers have the level of artistry that one would normally have to attend Carnegie Hall in New York or the Opera Garnier in Paris to experience, organizers say.
The musicians are soloists and principals from symphony orchestras and philharmonia from all over the world: Montreal, Boston, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London, Paris, the Juilliard and Curtis schools of music, and many others.
The singers are from the likes of the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and La Scala in Milan.
The dancers have performed with the American Ballet Theater of New York City, the Paris Opera Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the Boston Ballet and the famed Bolshoi company in Russia.
Ulrich will be performing as principal trumpet for the orchestra concert and second trumpet with the opera orchestra.