Virtuoso of the trombone

Trombonist Chris Van Hof
Trombonist, educator, and arranger Chris Van Hof.

War and meditation as themes

Faculty member Chris Van Hof, Trombone, will perform Dutch composer Jason TV’s deeply emotional piece, I was like, ‘Wow’ that brings to life the stories of two wounded Iraq War veterans. The performance combines trombone, electronic sounds, and videography.

You might think the phrase, I was like, ‘Wow,’ expresses wonder; even joy. But in the case of veterans Tyson Johnson and Sam Ross, it conveys the shock and horror they felt in response to the violence they witnessed in Iraq.

In sharp contrast, Van Hof will also perform American composer Anthony Barfield’s Meditations on Sound and Light, which explores the mindset and mood shifts of deep meditation. Meditations emulates the minds process during its meditative state. It focuses on three different aspects of meditation in three movements: Sound, Air and Light.

Faculty ensemble

The concert will also include CSU’s Richard Frey conducting a faculty ensemble along with a few select students in the Colorado premiere of jazz faculty Wil Swindler’s composition Amalgamation for Solo Trombone and Mixed Winds.

Concert takes place Monday, October 20

This virtuoso concert takes place Monday, October 20, 7:30-9 p.m., Organ Recital Hall, University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington Street.

The Organ Recital Hall is one of five state-of-the-art performance venues in the 330,000-square-foot University Center of the Arts facility. The Organ Recital Hall features wide aisles and seats, soaring windows, a curving balcony, and of course the magnificent Casavant organ as a backdrop for the stage.


  • Adults/ $12
  • Youth (under 18, ID required)/ $1
  • CSU students/ $7

Purchase tickets online or call  (970) 491-2787.