Acclaimed St. Louis Brass Quintet to Perform March 27
St. Louis Brass Quintet
Dispelling the myth that its kind of music is aimed solely at classical-music lovers, the acclaimed Saint Louis Brass Quintet will present its unique brand of entertainment at EKU on Saturday, March 27.
The public concert, at 8 p.m. in Brock Auditorium, caps EKU Brass Day 2004, which also includes clinics and master classes throughout the day. Tickets for the evening performance are $10 and are available only at the door that night.
Registration for Brass Day participants will begin at 1 p.m. in the Foster Building lobby. The advance registration cost is $10, on-site registration is $15. The fee includes all master classes, a free EKU Faculty Quintet CD and admission to the evening concert. For more information or to register in advance, contact Dr. Jonathan Martin, 622-1356.
Although the members of the Saint Louis Brass Quintet look formal when they perform, audiences are pleasantly surprised at the relaxed and informal atmosphere they create. The concert begins as any concert might, but as it continues the music gets lighter and the Quintet presents the humorous demonstrations for which it is famous.
“We have a lot of fun with the audience,” trombonist Melvyn Jernigan said.
The program will feature American composers from the classical and jazz genres. The Quintet has commissioned two jazz-oriented arrangements – the famous “Sweet Georgia Brown” and a new medley “Tribute to Pops (Louie Armstrong)” – and will present them along with the newly-commissioned “Arias” by James DeMars.
A special event for the current tour is the new work “Aesop’s Fables” by Anthony Plog, during which brass music is used to accompany the clever stories.
One humorous demonstration will focus on the history of brass instruments from the time of King Tut to the present, including the straight trombone and a French horn fashioned from a 12-foot section of garden hose.
Since 1964, the Quintet has performed throughout the United States and in numerous foreign countries. In addition to Jernigan, Quintet members are Allan Dean, Ray Sasaki, trumpet; Thomas Bacon, horn; and Daniel Perantoni, tuba.