University of Nebraska Brass Quintet goes ‘Back to Basics’
calendar icon14 Oct 2019
The University of Nebraska Brass Quintet has performed most of the great repertoire for the genre. For the past decade, the group has dedicated itself to showcasing original repertoire. Admittedly some of the repertoire is esoteric. Its concert on Monday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Recital Hall is an attempt to get back to basics and play the great repertoire for quintet.
This includes Malcolm Arnold’s Quintet for Brass and Victor Ewald’s first quintet in Bb. The Arnold was composed for the traditional quintet model-two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba while the Ewald follows the Eastern European model of old using two cornets, alto horn, tenor horn (or baritone) and tuba. We are performing all of this music on modern instruments. In addition to the original works for quintet, we are playing music adapted for the instrumentation by composers Samuel Scheidt and Giacomo Puccini. The Puccini arias are particularly attractive. Large orchestral works orchestrated down to five instruments. We will leave you to judge whether it works, but we believe that it does. Brass groups have been playing the organ music of Samuel Scheidt for years and there’s a reason for that. It works! Scheidt’s music is tailor-made for the quintet and the brilliance of a brass group. This is one of our most traditional programs, but also one of our most listenable programs.
The University of Nebraska Brass Quintet is dedicated to the performance of original works and new music for brass quintet. The quintet has been active in commissioning new works including Copernicus for Quintet and Wind Band by Juraj Filas and Nebrasska for Brass Quintet by Bruce Broughton. The quintet recently embarked on a project to record the quintet music of Broughton. The quintet tours extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Members: Darryl White, Trumpet; Catherine Sharp-Martinez, Trumpet; Alan F. Mattingly, Horn; Scott Anderson, Trombone; Ravil “Bo” Atlas, Tuba
The performance is free and open to the public.
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