Brass Arts Quintet performs holidays in brass (Canceled)

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EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

The Brass Arts Quintet presents a free holiday concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in Wattenbarger Auditorium at the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

“Usually our final concert of the season ends up being in November, but the calendar this year allowed for us to do a performance in December, suggesting the opportunity for a holiday-themed concert,” said Tennessee Tech University trombone professor Joshua Hauser. “When I presented this to the group, we decided that rather than perform music associated with only one or two holidays, we look to the entire calendar for inspiration. That sent us on an interesting journey to find the perfect combination of works for this evening’s program.”

Works on tap include “Bugler’s Holiday,” “March of the Toys,” “Overture to the Nutcracker,” two Hanukkah selections, including the well known “Dreydl Song,” “The Christmas Song,” featuring Greg Danner on horn, and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” The performance will conclude with three standard Christmas selections performed with the assistance of Paul Thurmond on organ, finishing with Fred Mills’ setting of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Audience members are encouraged to bring their own scores and sing along with the final number. If you do not own a copy, you can find a free public domain copy online by visiting http://imslp.org/wiki/ and searching for “Hallelujah Chorus.”

“The keystone to the program was the discovery of Peter Schickele’s ‘Brass Calendar.’ This is a work in 12 short movements that showcases an entire year, focusing on one holiday per month,” Hauser said. “We begin with New Year’s Day and move forward through Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day and April 15 (tax day). Other highlights include a Charles Ivesian tribute to the Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and more, finishing up with a New Year’s Eve celebration.”

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