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April 8, 2005

Illinois State Musicians Present Guest Recital At UI April 21

Tuba soloist Mike Forbes and the Faculty Brass Quintet from Illinois State University will present a free guest recital at the University of Iowa School of Music, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The concert began with an invitation. Forbes, who teaches tuba at Illinois State and is the usual tubist of the school's faculty quintet, was invited to perform a recital at an International Tuba/Euphonium Regional Conference called "Tubonium" at St. Peter, Minn.

For the occasion, Forbes decided to do something different from the typical tuba-piano recital: He will perform an entire program of solo tuba pieces accompanied by brass quintet. For that performance, he will use the other members of the Illinois State Faculty Brass Quintet -- Amy Gilreath and Adam Bergeron, trumpets, David Snyder, horn, and Stephen Parsons, trombone -- with the now vacant tuba slot filled by a guest bass trombonist, Gary Hollander.

On the way from their home base in Bloomington/Normal, Ill., to St. Peter, the players will make several stops including the UI and the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. For these touring performances, the quintet will showcase some of the solo tuba literature that they will play at "Tubonium," as well as standard brass quintet repertoire.

The program of the UI concert will comprise six pieces, from a classical concerto to contemporary concert music to jazz:

-- Scherzo for brass quintet by John Cheetham;

-- Selections from the Concerto for Double Bass by Antonio Capuzzi, arranged for tuba and brass quintet by Jim Self;

-- Brass Quintet No. 1 by Viktor Ewald;

-- "Saros" for solo tuba and brass quintet, composed in 2001 by Patrick Schulz;

-- "Capriccio da Camera" for solo tuba and brass quintet by Christer Danielsson; and

-- "The Original Dixieland One-Step" as played by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and arranged for brass quintet by Jack Gale.

"Saros" portrays a lifespan from birth, through the many joys and complexities of life, and inevitably toward death and a return to the earth. The title refers to the saros cycle, a period of 6,585 1/3 days (approximately 18 years, 10 days and eight hours) that was discovered by ancient astronomers and can be used to predict eclipses of the sun and moon. The sun, earth and moon return to approximately the same places for each cycle. As a result, almost identical solar and lunar eclipses repeat one saros apart. For example, there was a total eclipse of the sun on August 11, 1999 centered over Europe. There will be a similar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Forbes began his career as a tubist with the U.S. Army Band, known as "Pershing's Own," in Washington, D.C.  A founding member of the Sotto Voce Quartet and the conductor of the Brass Band of Central Illinois, Forbes maintains an active career as a chamber musician, conductor and soloist. He gives recital tours throughout the U.S. and has recently been invited to perform with the Taiwan Air Force band at the National Concert Hall in Taipei.

A prolific composer and arranger especially for brass, Forbes has had works selected for international competitions and recordings and are published by a variety of music publishers. He is a clinician for the Music Group, Inc., and is a Besson Performing Artist.

The Illinois State University Faculty Brass Quintet was founded in 1974. In addition to performing on campus recitals, the quintet has been a featured group in the New Sounds Music Festival in Canterbury, England, the Illinois Music Educators Conference and the Midwestern Chamber Music Workshop in Lawrence, Kan. The quintet performs and does clinics as outreach to the public and private schools throughout Illinois.

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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