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March 9, 2006

Western Brass Quintet Brings 40th Anniversary Tour To UI March 20

Western Brass Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 20, in Harper Hall of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

Their concert, as guest of the UI School of Music, will be part of the group's 40th-anniversary national tour. Current members of the Western Brass Quintet are Scott Thornburg and Stephen Jones, trumpets; Lin Foulk, horn; Daniel Mattson, trombone; and Deanna Swoboda, tuba.

The program for the March 20 concert features five pieces:

--"Masques and Antimasques" by early 17th-century composer John Adson and arranged for brass quintet by Donald Bullock.

--"Frenzy" by Richard Adams, commissioned by the Western Brass Quintet for its 40th anniversary and premiered by the group on Feb. 12.

--Four Pieces for Brass Quintet by Paquito D'Rivera.

--Divertimento by Karel Husa.

--The Quintet, op. 73, by Malcolm Arnold.

The Western Brass Quintet was founded in 1966 in Kalamazoo. Notable performances have been at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C; Carnegie Recital Hall in New York; three International Trumpet Guild conferences, the International Horn Symposium, the International Trombone Workshop, the convention of the Tubists' Universal Brotherhood Association (T.U.B.A.); and on tour in the People's Republic of China, Russia, Sweden and Germany. They have made five recordings and have given concerts at more than 100 American universities.

Following the Carnegie Recital Hall appearance, the New York Times critic wrote, "The Western Brass Quintet gave unremitting evidence of their individual talents and ensemble training."

The Western Brass Quintet offers a variety of classical programs ranging from Bach to Bernstein. Committed to promoting the composition of significant works for the brass quintet, the ensemble has premiered works by Ramon Zupko, Elgar Howarth, Curtis Curtis-Smith, Mark Schultz and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Karel Husa. An interest in authentic performance practices for the music of the Renaissance and Baroque has inspired several significant arrangements of music from these periods by Western Brass Quintet members.

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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