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February 2002

Release Date: February 19, 2002

New Brass Quintet to Perform Feb. 26 in ASU Faculty Recital Series

As part of the Angelo State University Faculty Recital Series, the Big Country Brass Quintet will be featured in concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, 4522 College Hills Blvd.

The Big Country Brass Quintet, one of the newest brass groups in West Central Texas, is made up of professional brass players in the Abilene and San Angelo area. Their concert is open free to the public.

Members of the group are all associated with area universities and orchestras in addition to being active free-lance players. Two ASU music faculty, Ed Surface, who plays tuba, and John Irish, who plays trumpet, are members of the Big Country Brass Quintet. They and their quintet colleagues have been featured in concert, have presented various entertainment shows and have been active in educational outreach to young listeners through the region.

The ensemble covers a wide repertoire for brass that appeals to all tastes and styles of music. From the glorious sounds of the Baroque to the newest music from today's leaders in brass composition, the Big Country Brass Quintet's versatility allows them to be equally at home with a Gabrieli sonata, Bach fugue or a popular blues number.

Their concert at Sierra Vista United Methodist Church will consist of Russian music for brass. Centered on the late Romantic style of brass composition, the quintets of Victor Ewald have been unqualified staples of the brass repertoire for many years. Performed that evening will be his first two quintets along with the famous Russian Sailors' Dance of Reinhold Gliere and a Hopak by Modeste Moussorgsky.

The Big Country Brass Quintet will also perform at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts March 24 as part of a presentation featuring ASU music faculty in recital. For the March performance they will play an arrangement of Camille Saint-Saens' popular suite, The Carnival of the Animals.

For more information on any of the musical events sponsored by ASU, please call 942-2085.

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