At a concert conducted by Maestro Mariss Jansons at the Berlin Philharmonie not too long ago, a student of St. Olaf college in Minnesota on a study abroad program purchased a “standing room” ticket, and sat behind the principal trumpet just a few feet away. Works on the program that evening included Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, and Sibelius Symphony No. 2. That student took a photo of the view (first photo below) and wrote in his journal that he wondered if it was possible that such a position could be his one day. On Tuesday, October 30, that student, Micah Wilkinson, had a new view at the Berlin Philharmonie, performing as Principal Trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

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