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March 2011

Release Date: March 31, 2011ASU Logo

ASU Brass Choir to Perform at Cactus Hotel

Angelo State University’s Brass Choir and some special guests will perform in concert during the Evening of Brass on Thursday, April 7, in the lobby of the historic Cactus Hotel, 36 E. Twohig Ave.

The 7:30 p.m. concert is open free to the public. Featured performers for the evening will include trumpeters Dr. Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski, Dr. John Irish and Eric Baker.

Dobrzelewski will perform Ernst Sachse’s “Concertino” for trumpet. A native of Costa Rica, he is an assistant professor of trumpet at West Chester University in the Pennsylvania School of Music. He has performed widely throughout the United States and plays frequently in the Philadelphia area.

Irish will join the ASU Brass Choir in performing Herbert L. Clarke’s “Maid of the Mist.” He is an associate professor of music/high brass at ASU and is the principal trumpet with the San Angelo Symphony.

Baker will join Irish and Dobrzelewski to perform Rafael Mendez’s trumpet trip, “Gallito.” Baker is director of bands at Odessa College and serves as co-principal trumpet with the Midland/Odessa Symphony.

The Brass Choir, under the direction of ASU music professor Dr. Edward Surface, will perform compositions by Giovanni Gabrieli, Andrew Wolfe, Richard Wagner and Claude Debussy. In addition, the group will perform two new works for brass choir, including an arrangement of the spiritual “Great Day” by Dr. Fred Wilson and a setting of “Wondrous Love” by Dr. Stephen Emmons, ASU associate professor of music.

Dobrzelewsi, who earned a doctorate in music arts from Arizona State University, will also give a master class for trumpet on Wednesday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the Eldon Black Recital Hall inside the ASU Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive. He will discuss the keyed trumpet, which was the first trumpet to have fully chromatic capabilities and was featured in concertos by Joseph Haydn and Johann Hummel. The short-lived instrument was rendered obsolete by the invention of the valve in 1814.

For more information, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085 or go online to