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January 2002

Release Date: January 24, 2002

Irish, Curtin to Present Trumpet/Piano Recital Jan. 31

Two faculty members from the Department of Art and Music at Angelo State University will be featured in a recital of French Music for Trumpet and Piano at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the First Presbyterian Church, 32 N. Irving in downtown San Angelo.

Featured artists will be Dr. John Irish on trumpet and Dr. David Curtin on piano. The recital is free and open to the public. Irish is assistant professor of music/high brass and Curtin is an assistant professor of piano at ASU. The recital will offer a glimpse into the colorful world of music of French influence. This rich repertoire of music for trumpet is world renowned. For more information on the recital, please call 942-2085.

In addition to his duties with the ASU trumpet studio, Irish directs the jazz ensemble and brass choir. Prior to this position, he taught trumpet at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He has performed with the Southwest German Radio Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony Orchestra and a variety of chamber orchestras, brass quintets and dance bands.

Irish currently holds the position of principal trumpet of the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra and is founder of Jazz Concho, a jazz sextet made up of local professionals. Before coming to San Angelo, he performed in the Air Force Band system, appearing in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and Western Europe. He has recorded often, premiered new works for winds and soloed with bands and orchestras.

As co-originator of a series of interviews in the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild, he helped illuminate world-renowned trumpet players who have had a significant impact on the instrument's heritage. Irish completed his doctor of musical arts at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with Alan Siebert. He earned his master's and bachelor's degrees in music from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Curtin previously served on the faculty of Albion (Mich.) College, Utah State University and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He has won several piano competitions, including the Erie (Pa.) Music Teachers Association's annual competition and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory's Concerto Competition. In 1998 he made his Korean debut, performing Franz Liszt's Concerto No. 2 in A Major with the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1999 he made a solo debut in London and last November returned to Korea to present a solo recital at the Changwon-Sungsan International Music Festival.

Curtin earned his doctor of musical arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, his master of music degree from the University of Louisville School of Music, and his bachelor of music and bachelor of arts in English from the State University of New York College at Fredonia.

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