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Published: Fri Nov 26, 2010

The Brass Arts Quintet presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Tennessee Tech University. The program features works celebrating the holiday season.<thumb_BrassArts11.25 >

The concert will be held in Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave.

"The festive sounds of brass are often associated with the holidays so for our final concert of the semester, a holiday program seemed a natural fit," said TTU 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," pieces in honor of both Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and for those who aren't fans of the holidays in general, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." We also have a nod to one of our favorite holiday traditions: presents. Charles Decker will be featured in the old chestnut "The Toy Trumpet."

"The keystone to the program," Hauser said, "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. We begin with New Year's Day and move forward through Valentine's Day, Saint Patrick's Day, and April 15th (Tax Day). Other highlights include a Charles Ivesian tribute to the 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and more, finishing up with a New Year's Eve celebration.

"We look forward to seeing you here for what should be a very entertaining and different approach to the concept of a holiday program for brass," Hauser said.

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