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January 2005

Release Date: January 31, 2005

World-Traveled St. Louis Brass Quintet to Perform at Angelo State

The St. Louis Brass Quintet (SLBQ), recognized by many as one of the world's top brass ensembles, will perform a variety of classical and pop numbers during a concert Monday, Feb. 7, on the Angelo State University campus.

The quintet's San Angelo concert will include Renaissance dances by Praetorius, "Aesop's Fables" by Anthony Plog, arrangements of Spanish folksongs by Manuel de Falla and a Tango by Astor Piazolla. Other selections will be "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Tribute to Pops," a musical homage to the great Louis Armstrong.

The SLBQ will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in the University Auditorium at 2601 W Avenue N. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and military, and $2 for students. Tickets will be available at the door or may be reserved by calling the ASU Art and Music Department at 942-2085.

In addition to their concert appearance, individual quintet members will present master classes for area music students at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building. The free classes are partially underwritten by Conn-Selmer, Inc.

The concert is sponsored by the ASU Department of Art and Music. The performance is supported by the Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Texas Commission on the Arts, Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust and foundations, corporations and individuals in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Members of the St. Louis Symphony formed the SLBQ in 1964. Today, more than 2,500 concerts later, the SLBQ entertains audiences worldwide. In addition to the quintet's annual U.S. concerts, the performers tour internationally. In the last decade, they have performed at the Norway Brass Band Festival as well as in India, Japan, Mexico, Germany and Sweden.

The ensemble's repertoire ranges from the works of contemporary composers to Baroque and Renaissance music transcribed for modern instruments. The SLBQ also offers popular music of the Americas and jazz arrangements of standards by Ellington/Strayhorn, Gershwin and Cole Porter as well as lighthearted pieces for narrator and brass, and a tongue-in-cheek survey of the history of the brass instruments.