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Release: Jan. 17, 2002

Photo: The Manhattan Brass Quintet, which will bring a little bit of New York City to Iowa when it performs a free concert of music by New York composers at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Manhattan Brass Quintet To Perform Free UI Guest Concert Jan. 28

The Manhattan Brass Quintet will bring a little bit of New York City to Iowa, performing a free concert of music by New York composers at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

It is only fair for the quintet to bring some New York to Iowa, since there is some Iowa in the quintet: trumpet player Louis Hanzlik is a native of Des Moines and graduated from the UI School of Music in 1998. The group comes to the UI through an invitation from Hanzlik's UI trumpet teacher, David Greenhoe. While at the UI they will present a master class with current UI brass students at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the Opera Rehearsal Room.

The Jan. 28 concert will feature the Manhattan Brass Quintet (MBQ) in performances of Seymour Barab's "Seven Deadly Sins," an MBQ commission, as well as William Bolcom's "Brass Quintet in one movement (Remembered Fathers)" and "Harlem River Reveille" by Aaron Jay Kernis. The Iowa Brass Quintet, a UI faculty ensemble, will join the MBQ to close the program with music composed by Giovanni Gabrieli for the famed St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, Italy.

Barab's "Seven Deadly Sins" was an MBQ commission in 1994. It is in seven movements, descriptive of each sin -- pride, covetousness, envy, gluttony, lust, sloth and anger. It is, along with Kernis' "Harlem River Reveile," featured on the quintet's most recent CD recording, "The Manhattan Project."

Bolcom's "Brass Quintet in one movement (Remembered Fathers)" is a piece in six sections that portrays the fathers in the line of the composer's own family history.

In addition to these pieces by living New York composers, the MBQ will step back in time to perform a set of "Jacobean Consort Music" from Renaissance England and Italy, as arranged for modern brass instruments by Hanzlik; a set of chorale preludes by J.S. Bach, arranged by the group's trombonist, Michael Seltzer; and Hanzlik's arrangements of pieces in seven and 10 parts by Gabrieli.

Performing a stylistically varied repertoire that spans more than 500 years, the MBQ appears in recitals, special events, and free-to-the-public educational and community concerts. In addition to its standard repertoire, the quintet places an emphasis on the commissioning and performance of new works, especially those which integrate new or unique styles into the repertoire. The quintet has won or placed in the Artists International, New York Brass Conference, Fischoff National Chamber Music and Concert Artists Guild competitions.

The quintet's members -- Wayne du Maine and Hanzlik, trumpets; Ann Ellsworth, horn; Michael Seltzer, trombone; and Stephen Foreman, tuba -- are New York-area freelance musicians,

performing in a wide variety of settings in and around New York. Members of the MBQ regularly perform with the Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic, record movie scores and jingles, and play for Broadway shows.

The MBQ is featured in NHK-TV Japan's "The Classical Hour"; a series of New York recitals taped for broadcast on Japan's largest television network. The quintet can be heard digitally on the Cala label performing Chinese composer Zhou Long's "Four Maskers," and sharing the CD with distinguished cellist Fred Sherry and members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

The quintet was also featured in an article on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," detailing the ensemble's work with "Midori & Friends." In 1994 the MBQ designed educational programs for violin prodigy Midori's non-profit educational program. Since then, the quintet has expanded its educational programs and currently performs educational concerts and clinics all over the country each year for tens of thousands of children, many of them underprivileged. This year, the MBQ performs these programs for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

The Iowa Brass Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble at the UI School of Music, performs on the UI campus each semester and for schools, universities, civic concert associations, and professional meetings throughout the United States. Founded in the early 1950s, the group has been widely acclaimed for its artistry in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions. Its current members are David Greenhoe and Barbara Deur, trumpets; Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and Robert Yeats, tuba.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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