The British-American Connection: Brass Arts Quintet in concertThe Brass Arts Quintet at Tennessee Tech University presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, in Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building. The program features members of the group in works by Holst, Arnold, Ellerby, Bernie and Pinkard, Monk and Pryor.
The evening's concert will begin with works by British composers Gustav Holst, Malcolm Arnold and Martin Ellerby. Holst's famous "Suite No. 2 in F" for concert band contains themes drawn from folk songs collected by Holst throughout his travels in England.
"He revisited these themes in many different settings ranging from a cappella men's choir to string orchestra and military band. Holst was also an amateur trombonist and, as such, we are sure that he would have appreciated this setting for brass," said Joshua Hauser, trombonist and euphoniumist with the BAQ and director of the ensemble.
The quintet will follow this up with Malcolm Arnold's famous "Quintet for Brass," which was composed in 1961 for the New York Brass Quintet and has developed into one of the most popular works in the repertoire.
Martin Ellerby's "Songs of the American Dream" is a wonderful new setting of American Folk tunes, adapted and arranged for brass in a similar way to that in which Holst treated his native folk melodies. Ellerby's work serves as a transition to the American jazz and theme and variations solo that will close the program. Ellerby will be in residence at TTU as a guest composer in November of this year and this work is a preview of the coming performance that will also include a premiere of a new composition for the TTU Wind Ensemble among other pieces.
The highlight of the evening will be the appearance of guest trombone soloist and TTU alumnus Les Benedict. Benedict has performed and recorded with artists such as Elvis Presley, Joe Zawinul, Julio Iglesias, Bette Midler, Andy Griffith and Charlie Daniels. His TV and movie soundtrack credits include "Space Jam," "City Slickers II," "Rocky III" and "Rocky IV," "Robin Hood – Men in Tights," "Remember The Titans," Elvis Presley's "Aloha From Hawaii," "Dallas," and "Trapper John, MD."
Benedict is highly sought after as a clinician and performer, having taught and performed in 48 states across the United States as well as internationally.
"We are delighted to be able to bring Les back to perform with the group and to show our students what a TTU education can prepare you for," said Hauser. "Les' playing is truly inspirational and this will be a great opportunity for our students and the community to hear him live." Benedict will be joining the group on Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk" and Arthur Pryor's "Thoughts of Love."
"This should be a fun and varied performance that everyone will enjoy. We look forward to seeing you."