TTU's Brass Arts Quintet unites with Synergy, other special guests for Brass Spectacular Nov. 9

In search of a local concert that’ll blow you away? Look no further than the Brass Spectacular show set for 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of Tennessee Tech University’s Bryan Fine Arts Building.

The show will combine the talent and skill of special guest, the Synergy Brass Quintet, with that of TTU’s own Brass Arts Quintet and other local brass and percussion musicians.

The first half of the program will feature pieces for double brass quintet, as the Synergy Brass Quintet teams up with TTU’s Brass Arts Quintet.

Acclaimed for its technical virtuosity, outstanding showmanship and diverse programming, the Synergy Brass Quintet has emerged as one of the most exciting professional brass ensembles in the U.S.

“This young professional quintet is probably the busiest such group in the U.S. today,” said Winston Morris, TTU tuba professor and Brass Arts Quintet member. “[It’s members] have an unrelenting performance schedule throughout the entire U.S., [as well as] performances abroad.”

Synergy’s tuba player, Jesse Chavez, is a TTU graduate.

The TTU Brass Arts Quintet has performed for more than 40 years for audiences throughout the Eastern U.S., appeared at major music conferences and toured for the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The second half of the program will feature an even larger brass choir, as several other leading regional brass and percussion musicians join both quintets on stage.

“We’re combining the Synergy Brass Quintet with the TTU Brass Arts Quintet and adding another dozen top players to the mix for a Brass Spectacular program,” Morris said. “It’s guaranteed to ‘bring the house down.’”

Under the direction of Joe Hermann, TTU Director of Bands, the pieces for the entire concert will represent brass music from the Renaissance, to the Baroque, to twentieth-century brass choir “classics.”

Represented composers include Giovanni Gabrieli, Modeste Mussorgsky, Paul Dukas, Dimitri Shostakovich, Fisher Tull, Alfred Reed and TTU’s own composer-in-residence, Greg Danner.

A Center Stage Event, the concert is free and open to the public.