Piano Concerto No. 1
In October 2002, Bob joined the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra to present his Concerto No. 1 for Ragtime Piano and Orchestra. Milt Olsson, Chairman of Music at Michigan Tech University in Houghton in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, conducted the Keweenaw Symphony and Bob played the piano part. The performance received a tremendous standing ovation.
The first movement opened with a stunning horn choir. Early in his musical career, Bob was an accomplished symphony French horn player, and the instrument remains dear to his heart. Throughout the entire piece there are stunning horn passage, many of virtuoso caliber. The concerto is full of syncopation, hunting melodies, lively dances, bizarre twists (a bagpipe reel in the second movement) and thundering rhythmic passages, as displayed in the final movement.
Bob Milne on the Steinway concert grand; Milt Olsson, conductor.
Bob Milne, pianist; Milt Olsson, conductor; Douglas McKenzie, bagpipes.
Photography courtesy of Candace Janners.