Tonight’s performance has been made possible by the generosity of Ben and Landra Macy. The Steinway grand piano has been provided by the Walla Walla Piano Group.
A native of Austin, Texas, Billy Ray Hunter is currently Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Tonight, joined by his wife and pianist, Anna Stoytcheva, Billy moves from the back row of the orchestra to center stage.
It is written in an ancient text that trumpets knocked down the walls of Jericho. However, there is no need to be squeamish about sitting in the front row. Billy has been asked to restrain himself from any sonic demolition. The Walls Vineyards will remain very much intact with music by Bozza, Hovhaness and Enesco.