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March 2004

Release Date: March 30, 2004

ASU to Feature Trumpet Artist Truax in Guest Artist Series

Renowned trumpet artist Bert Truax will join the Angelo State University Trumpet Ensembles under the direction of Dr. John Irish for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in the First Presbyterian Church, 32 N. Irving, in downtown San Angelo.

The presentation by the ASU Department of Art and Music will feature such works as "Concerto in C" for two trumpets by Antonio Vivaldi, pieces by Hovhaness and Pachelbel, and Truax's own composition "A Sea of Treaures." For this concert, the ensemble will perform works written for three to 12 trumpets in various musical styles and genres. The concert is open free to the public.

Truax, who is the principal trumpet for the Richardson Symphony, previously played second trumpet with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for 23 years. In 1986 he took a leave of absence to play with the Philadelphia Orchestra for their fall season. In addition to being an accomplished trumpet musician, Truax is a composer as well as a respected teacher and clinician.

In addition to his Tuesday performance, Truax will also lead a master class at 4 p.m. Monday, April 5, in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building. The class is open free to the public.

Born in the Bay Area, where his first teacher was Joseph Alessi Sr., Truax was soloist with the San Francisco Symphony when he was just 13 years old. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Gilbert Johnson and Frank Kaderabic before moving to Dallas in 1976.

As a composer, Truax has written music in both classical and jazz styles. He has just released in interactive DVD called "Bert's Basic Brass." His " Sea of Treasures" is a jazz/rock CD of original songs. As a classical composer, Truax has received numerous commissions from such groups as the Military Academy at West Point, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Bach Society. Many of these works have been recorded on the Crystal label.

The ASU Trumpet Ensemble was 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, please call the Department of Art and Music, 942-2085.