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Western Brass Quintet presents afternoon concert

Feb. 13, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The Bullock Performance Institute continues its 2008 Faculty Artists Series with a performance by the Western Brass Quintet, Western Michigan University's award-winning faculty ensemble. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The afternoon program includes works by Karel Husa and Victor Ewald, as well as a premiere of the complete brass quintet commissioned by the group from composer Dr. Richard Adams, WMU associate professor of music. General admission seating is $10 and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office.

Smooth phrasing and clear tones are hallmarks of the Western Brass Quintet, which consists of members Scott Thornburg and Stephen Jones, trumpets; Lin Foulk, horn; Dan Mattson, trombone; and Deanna Swoboda, tuba. The group's performances span the expressive capabilities of its genre, from powerful and brash to delicately intimate. Founded in 1966, the quintet has toured Thailand, China, Sweden and Germany, and has performed in such prestigious U.S. venues as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.

Following concerts at Carnegie Hall, the New York Times raved that 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."

New York Concert Review describes the ensemble as "exhibiting a remarkable flair for the Renaissance style ... with remarkable facility and technique."

Visit the Bullock Performance Institute at www.wmich.edu/mus_bpi for more information.

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

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