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Songs of Hope and Inspiration

Leonard Bernstein, Newell Dayley, Rob Gardner, Crawford Gates, Peter Meechan, Janice Kapp Perry, Mildred Pettit, John Rutter, Jean Sibelius, Traditional, Richard Wagner, Joy Webb

Brian Blanchard, horn
Brian Bowman, euphonium
Michelle Kesler, cello
Alexander Woods, violin



"All told, this is beautiful, sensuous playing, and the music is accessible and well-suited for casual listening. Bergman’s clarity of sound and fine lyrical playing."
James V. Maiello, Fanfare Magazine [July/Aug 2020]
"Bergman’s fine and sensitive playing and Pierce’s able support [provide] continuity... This CD comes across as a highly individual spiritual statement in which the performers share their feelings and hopes through music that comes in many forms and from many directions."
Marc J. Estren, InfoDad [March 2020]
"The hymns and songs on this set have the intention of bringing hope to those who listen and many are easily recognised but particularly those interested in music associated with worship. As a regular church-goer, I’ve sung quite a few and been in or heard choirs perform them. This is certainly not a regular classical album but as a CD to unwind to at the end of a stressful day, it’s well worth listening to. The arrangements, playing and recording are top class. I enjoyed it."
David R Dunsmore, MusicWeb International [February 2020]
“Jason Bergman is the kind of musician who believes in new music, champions it, and performs it beautifully beyond belief.”
Classics Today
“[Bergman] plays with style and elegance, a lovely legato, and a strong rhythmic pulse.”
“When Bergman is playing the trumpet he takes command; when he plays his flugelhorn, he becomes a poet.”
Click HERE to watch Bergman's AMAZING GRACE video on YouTube.

Click HERE to watch Bergman's SAVIOR, REDEEMER OF MY SOUL video on YouTube.

This album represents a collection of hymns and songs that are shared with the intent to bring hope to those who listen. Many of the songs on this album are familiar to listeners from across the globe. The universally loved Amazing Grace in Kevin McKee’s new arrangement is infused with newly composed music that compliments it in a reverent way. Be Still, My Soul, based upon one of Jean Sibelius’ most memorable melodies, is heard here in an arrangement for trumpet, cello and piano that is arranged by Kurt Bestor. Michelle Kesler’s performance here adds a compelling dimension to the work. Beautiful Savior is more commonly known as the Crusader’s Hymn. Rob Gardner’s arrangement is engaging, as are Brian Blanchard’s soaring musical lines on the French horn. John Rutter’s engaging What Sweeter Music beautifully blends the trumpet and euphonium. The expressive playing and rich sound of euphonium legend Brian Bowman are an extraordinary addition to the piece. A Simple Song taken from Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, sounds like popular music in parts, yet is deeply moving, referencing God even in the opening chord, which is comprised of the notes G and D. Der Engel from Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder features text that tells of an angel who comforts those seeking peace and consolation. Many famous singers, including Mahalia Jackson, Willie Nelson and Elvis have recorded Just a Closer Walk With Thee. The Canadian Brass perform it as their “first” encore. The jazz-inspired arrangement on this album by Joseph Palmer recalls a few of the many styles that have been used with this piece before. The Salvation Army has a rich musical tradition, a part of that being Joy Webb’s Share My Yoke, a gorgeous work for trumpet and brass band; it is here performed by trumpet and piano. Many of the songs on this album are sung throughout the world as beloved hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I Am a Child of God, I Feel My Savior’s Love and I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus are children’s songs which are performed here in refreshing new arrangements. Crawford Gates’ Our Savior’s Love, a testament to God’s love for His children, is heard here in a new arrangement by Christopher Madsen that is compelling and reverent. Savior, Redeemer of My Soul has been made famous by artists such as Dallyn Bayles and Jenny Oaks-Baker. Alexander Woods’ moving violin performance on the album pairs beautifully with the solo trumpet. Finally, Peter Meechan’s Song of Hope is a recently composed piece dedicated to Ryan Anthony, the Emeritus Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony and a former member of the Canadian Brass. After being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2012, Ryan decided to fight cancer with music, which led to the establishment of the Ryan Anthony Foundation and Cancer Blows – large-scale events which bring together the world’s leading trumpet players in moving concerts of epic proportion. Cancer Blows and the Ryan Anthony Foundation have raised millions of dollars for cancer research that has led directly to medical advancements that are helping to win the fight against cancer. Song of Hope was premiered at the 2015 Cancer Blows event in Dallas, Texas. The live performance was a deeply moving experience for all in attendance, and the video recording of the performance has garnered hundreds of thousands of views online. The performance on this album is of the original version for solo trumpet and piano. Composer Peter Meechan, a dear friend of Ryan Anthony and Jason Bergman, is donating his license revenue from the song to Cancer Blows. [ www.cancerblows.com ]

American trumpeter Jason Bergman has performed throughout the United States, South America, Europe and China. He is currently a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square where he performs weekly with the renowned Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. In 2008, Bergman was named Associate Principal Trumpet of the Santiago Philharmonic in Chile and more recently has been Principal Trumpet of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and Mobile Opera. He has also performed with the Utah Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera and Fort Worth Symphony, as well as with the Dallas Winds on their Grammy-nominated album featuring music of John Williams. Additionally, Bergman has performed in concert with the Canadian Brass, Rhythm & Brass and with conductor David Robertson at Carnegie Hall as part of the Weill Music Institute. He also performed as a fellow at the Music Academy of the West. Bergman has given recitals and master classes at numerous institutions worldwide and has performed and presented clinics at conferences of the International Trumpet Guild, College Music Society, International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, Mississippi Bandmaster’s Association, Mississippi Music Teachers Association, Utah Music Educator’s Conference and the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Convention. As a soloist, he has performed with the Garland Symphony Orchestra; University of North Texas Symphonic Band, Brass Band and Wind Ensemble; Southern Miss Symphonic Winds; Brigham Young University Philharmonic, Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band; and with the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble. In the United States, he has been a faculty member at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Grand Valley International Trumpet Seminar, and abroad at the Música nas Montanhas Festival and Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Brazil and Semana de la Trompeta Peruana in Peru. Bergman was also the Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professor of Trumpet at the University of Southern Mississippi for five years. A highly active educator, he was trumpet professor at the University of North Texas College of Music and in 2018 joined the music faculty of the Brigham Young University School of Music as Associate Professor of Trumpet. During summers, Bergman is a faculty member of the Idyllwild Arts Chamber Fest. He was recently elected as President of the International Trumpet Guild where he has also served as an elected member of the Board of Directors. He is a regular adjudicator with the National Trumpet Competition, and recently was host of the 2018 National Trumpet Competition. Committed to research, Dr. Bergman is a contributing author for the Grove Dictionary of American Music and serves as editor of the Orchestra Section Profile in the International Trumpet Guild Journal. His music arrangements have been published by Eighth Note Publications. Bergman, who earned a MM and DMA at the University of Michigan and a BM at Brigham Young University, is an artist-clinician for Bach trumpets.

Bach 19037 “50th Anniversary” B-flat Trumpet
Yamaha YTR9445CH “Chicago” C Trumpet
Schilke P5-4 Piccolo Trumpet
Pickett Trumpet Mouthpieces | Trumcor Zinger Mute
Fazioli Model F308 Piano | Rick Baldassin and Jason Cassel technicians
Amazing Grace | Traditional; arranged by Kevin McKee
I Feel My Savior’s Love | Newell Dayley
Be Still, My Soul | Jean Sibelius; arranged by Kurt Bestor
I Am a Child of God | Mildred Pettit; arranged by Lane Johnson
What Sweeter Music | John Rutter
Song of Hope | Peter Meechan
Share My Yoke | Joy Webb; arranged by Ivor Bosanko
Savior, Redeemer of My Soul | Rob Gardner
A Simple Song | Leonard Bernstein
Just a Closer Walk With Thee | Traditional; arranged by Joseph Palmer
Our Savior’s Love | Crawford Gates; arranged by Christopher Madsen
Beautiful Savior | Traditional; arranged by Rob Gardner
Der Engel | Richard Wagner; arranged by Jason Bergman
I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus | Janice Kapp Perry; arranged by Jared Pierce


MSR Classics
New Music for Trumpet and Piano JASON BERGMAN

New Music for Trumpet and Piano JASON BERGMAN