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March 2006

Release Date: March 29, 2006

Virtuoso Trumpeter to Play with ASU Ensemble

World-renowned trumpet artist Bert Truax will share his talents with Angelo State University students and join other performers for a concert when he visits the campus Monday-Tuesday, April 3-4.

Truax will teach a master class at 4 p.m. Monday in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building’s Instrument Rehearsal Room, Room 134. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University Auditorium, Truax will headline a trumpet concert featuring trumpeters from across West Texas. The concert will include Hummel’s “Concerto in E flat” and works from C.P.E. Bach, Sousa, Ewazen and Uber.

The ASU Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of ASU music professor Dr. John Irish, will join Truax to perform four pieces covering a wide range of musical styles and genres.

Also joining Truax for two pieces will be McMurry University trumpet professor Mark Wilcox and Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski, co-principal trumpet of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale. Other featured performers include Central High School trumpet quartet and the Ice House Brass trumpets.

Area All-State trumpet players will join the other musicians for a performance of Truax’s “Hymn to Gil,” a piece Truax wrote in memory of his former teacher Gil Johnson.

Truax, the principal trumpeter for the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. He soloed with the San Francisco Symphony when he was 13 and has also performed with the Dallas, Fort Worth and Philadelphia orchestras. He also hosts a summer camp for trumpeters.

The ASU Trumpet Ensemble has been featured at the world-wide meeting of the International Trumpet Guild where it was selected to perform from among ensembles around the world.

For more information on the master class or the concert, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.