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March 2004

Release Date: March 24, 2004

'Night of Brass' Features ASU Ensembles

Angelo State University's Brass Ensembles, featuring some of the school's top brass players, will perform a repertoire ranging from Venetian Baroque to contemporary compositions during "A Night of Brass" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the University Auditorium.

The ASU Brass Ensemble, comprised of trumpets, horns, trombones, tuba, and percussion, will present five works from the standard brass repertoire, including Gabrieli's seminal work for the great St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, "Sonata pian e' forte," performed in its original setting for two brass choirs. Two other works of the Italian Baroque will be presented in opposing brass choirs, much like the performances dating back to the golden age of Venice.

Completing the brass ensemble's offering will be two modern works, the somber "Funeral March" of Edvard Grieg and selected movements of Henri Tomasi's spectacular "Fanfares Liturgiques."

The ASU Trumpet Ensemble, which was selected to perform at the 2003 world-wide conference of the International Trumpet Guild, will perform Albam's "Festival Fanfare" for eight trumpets, one of the more challenging works from the repertoire for trumpets.

Additional numbers from the other brass ensembles will include music from 18th century Vienna. The Horn Quartet will perform a special arrangement of Mozart's Overture to "The Magic Flute." ASU's Trombone Quartet will present Beethoven's "Three Equali" and Haydn's "Achieved is the Glorious Work" from The Creation. The Euphonium/Tuba Quartet will play Mozart's "Ave Verum" in addition to music from the Renaissance.

The West Texas Brass, the top student brass quintet, will perform the exciting, rhythmic "Scherzo" by John Cheatham. The traditional hymn, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," will get a jazzed-up treatment by the five brass.

The concert is open free to the public. For more information on this event and other upcoming performances, please call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.