Robert Rumbelow, a music professor in the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music, has communicated with Robert Sullivan, the principal trumpeter of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, for years. But the two men hadn’t met in person until Monday.
Rumbelow had a dream project: To invite the top trumpeters in the country to perform with the CSU Wind Ensemble, record each concert and produce a CD with the highlights of each performance.
Rumbelow’s dream will be on its way to becoming a reality after Sullivan’s appearance. He is the fifth and final trumpeter who will be part of the project.
Sullivan will perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. with the CSU Wind Ensemble at the RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall.
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He studied at the University of Michigan and is former assistant principal/trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra (2003-08) and associate principal/trumpet of the New York Philharmonic (1993-2004). He has also performed with the Charleston (S.C.) Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Chamber Brass. Sullivan has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Charleston Southern University and College of Charleston.
On the personal side
Sullivan is engaged to a woman he meet after his wife died.
“We each lost a spouse to cancer,” he said about himself and his fiancee. Sullivan’s wife, Robin, died of cancer (sarcoma) in 2006.
Sullivan said after his wife’s death, he was struggling.
Friends suggested he and his now-fiancee meet. It turned out they lived two blocks away and their children rode the same school bus.
He has three boys, ages 10-22; she has two girls and one boy, ages 14-20.
Sullivan jokes that they missed being “The Brady Bunch” by one girl.
On Feb. 16, Sullivan is performing a special concert in New York City as a benefit for the Sarcoma Foundation of America. Five of his friends have composed new music in memory of Robin Sullivan.