Brass Arts Quintet in concert at TTU on Sept. 30

The Brass Arts Quintet at Tennessee Tech University will present a free concert at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 in Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building, located on the Tennessee Tech campus at 1150 N. Dixie Avenue.

The program will feature members of the group in works by Handel, Farnaby, Saint-Saëns, Tovey, Clarke, Henderson, and Sondheim.

The evening’s concert will feature members of the group both in ensemble and as soloists performing works associated with some of our brass ‘heroes.’

“The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon is a work originally composed for oboes and strings that I was first exposed to in a transcription for 10 brass written for the famous Philip Jones Brass Ensemble,” says Trombonist Joshua Hauser. “This piece is often played at celebratory occasions, including weddings, and I did this setting for brass quintet as a wedding gift for a friend several years ago.”

The Farnaby is another work associated with the PJBE, having been arranged for them by British Trumpeter Elgar Howarth.

Moving from England to France, we will present Greg Danner as horn soloist in the Morceau de Concert by Camille Saint-Saëns. This technical and lyrical tour de force, originally for horn and orchestra, was composed for the valve horn studio at the Paris Conservatory, one of the prototypes of the modern music school throughout the world.

Also featured as soloists will be Joshua Hauser on Trombone and Charles Decker on Trumpet in Herbert L. Clarke’s Cousins. This was originally composed as a feature for Clarke on Cornet and Leo Zimmerman on Trombone to perform with the John Philip Sousa band. This was part of the tradition of soloists from the turn of the century who wrote solos and ensembles to feature their particular strengths as players.

The Santa Barbara Sonata and Pete Meets the Beat are both works associated with the Canadian Brass, one of the most popular chamber groups of all time. Pete Meets the Beat is of special significance on this particular concert because it is Luther Henderson’s jazz setting of the 3rd movement to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique” which we will be performing at TTU in October with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra.

We will close the evening with a lovely ballad by Steven Sondheim, Send in the Clowns, arranged by Gail Robertson.

“This should be a fun and varied performance that everyone will enjoy. We look forward to seeing you here.”

Members of the quintet are: Charles Decker and Chris McCormick, trumpets; Greg Danner, horn; Joshua Hauser, trombone; and Winston Morris, tuba.