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March 2007

Release Date: March 8, 2007

ASU Brass Choir Offers ‘Night of Brass’

Angelo State University’s Brass Choir will perform its spring “Night of Brass” concert Monday, March 19, at the First Christian Church, 29 N. Oakes St.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 19 in the First Christian Church sanctuary and is open free to the public. The Brass Choir will be accompanied by the Permian Basin Trumpet Ensemble, a group of professional trumpet players from the West Texas region.

The musical line-up for the choir will include “Russian Funeral Music” by Benjamin Britten, George Gershwin’s “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from “Porgy and Bess,” “Ave Maria” by Anton Bruckner, Franz von Suppé’s “Light Cavalry Overture” and Johann Pezel’s “Sonatina #69 for 2 Trumpets” arranged by Dr. John Irish, associate professor of music. The Brass Choir is directed by Edward Surface, assistant professor of music.

The Permian Basin Trumpet Ensemble will perform works from the 17 th through 20 th centuries, including a new work, “Fanfare for Trumpets,” by ensemble member James Ackley and special arrangements by Dr. Irish.

A highlight of the evening will be the performance of “Grand Choeur Dialogué” by French composer Eugene Gigout. The 19 th century composition will feature the sounds of the brass ensemble cast in musical dialogue with the grandiose power of the sanctuary pipe organ, played by Louellen Meyer.

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

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