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Western Brass Quintet performs in Dalton Center

Oct. 15, 2004

KALAMAZOO--The Western Brass Quintet performs Monday, Oct. 25, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.

Tickets for the performance are $10 and are available through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or toll free (800)228-9858. Tickets for students and senior citizens are $5.

The Oct. 25 concert features a variety of works, including a collection of Madrigals and Ballets by Thomas Weelkes, "Morning Music" by David Sampson, "Suite Americana No. 1" (1983) by Enrique Crespo, and 19th century band music by Hosea Ripley. The Ripley consists mainly of mid-19th century dances: a quickstep, a schottisch, a polka. The Crespo contains a Rag (Ragtime), a Bossa Nova, a Perusian waltz, a Zamba (Samba), and a Mexican dance. The Sampson was written in memory of his deceased brother who was shot to death while demonstrating against a Ku Klux Klan rally.

Members of the quintet are Scott Thornburg, trumpet; Stephen Jones, trumpet; Lin Foulk, horn; Dan Mattson, trombone; and Robert Whaley, tuba.

The Western Brass Quintet is a resident faculty ensemble in the School of Music. Founded in 1966, the quintet performs regularly throughout the region presenting formal recitals and clinics in schools. Recently, the Western Brass Quintet was invited to perform at the International Trumpet Guild Conference being hosted by Mahidol University, Thailand, in June 2005.

This ensemble has an excellent international reputation as performers and promoters of new works for the genre. A New York Times review raves, "The Western Brass Quintet gave unremitting evidence of their individual talents and ensemble training; chords were precisely weighted and registered, instrumental blends were sensitively arranged, and there was rarely a tentatively attacked or released note." The New York Concert Review describes the quintet as "exhibiting a remarkable flair for the Renaissance style... with remarkable facility and technique...impressive."

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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