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November 2003

Release Date: November 7, 2003

ASU Brass Ensembles to Perform 'A Night of Brass' Nov. 13

Many of Angelo State University's top brass players will perform in a variety of ensembles featuring everything from Baroque to contemporary music during "A Night of Brass" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Carr Recital Hall on the ASU campus.

From the glorious sounds of the Baroque to the exciting sounds of contemporary writing, "A Night of Brass" will offer an impressive musical showcase, according to Brass Ensembles Director John Irish of the ASU music faculty.

The ASU Brass Ensemble, comprised up of trumpets, horn, trombones and tuba, will present repertoire specifically arranged for this size group. Compositions performed by the Brass Ensemble will include works by the French Romantic composer Georges Bizet, English Renaissance musician John Adson and modern brass writer David Uber.

Fanfares, flourishes, and a Baroque sonata for six trumpets will highlight the ability of the Trumpet Ensemble, which recently performed at the worldwide conference of the International Trumpet Guild. The Horn Quartet will perform portions of a divertimento by Mozart in a special arrangement for four horns. The Horn Quartet also will offer a jazz-inspired diversion by Alec Wilder.

ASU's Trombone Quartet will offer the music of early Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli, performing his "Canzona No. VII" in addition to a contemporary jazz piece by Lennie Niehaus. The Euphonium-Tuba Quartet will perform arrangements of a Sousa march as well as a beautiful version of "Dona Nobis Pacem."

The West Texas Brass, the top ASU student brass quintet, will perform an exhilarating sonata from the late 17th century German c omposer Daniel Speer as well as Scott Joplin's popular work "The Entertainer" in a lively arrangement.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.