Concert of Music For Brass Mixes Classic and Contemporary

brass.jpgChamber music for brass instruments is almost a misnomer, given those instruments' historical associations with outdoor activities like ceremonial events and hunting parties. On Sunday, SSU brass faculty Tony Collins, trombone, Ruth Wilson, horn, and guest hornist John Lounsbery will present "Wind Power," a concert of brass music spanning more than 200 years.

Invited guest performers will be playing piano, violin, viola, cello, trumpet and timpani at the 4 p.m. concert on Sun., Mar. 6 in GMC 1028, located in music education hall next to the Green Music Center and Parking Lot L. Parking is free on weekends.

Special guest artist John Lounsbery is studio horn instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College and a 35-year member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Lounsbery will play the Quintet for horn and strings by German-American composer Bernhard Heiden (1910-2000). Composed in 1952, this work features extensive passages for "stopped" horn, a technique of closing the bell to produce an incisive, metallic sound.

The full program includes
• Fanfare, Aria and Echo for two horns and timpani by Daniel Pinkham
• "Right Angles" for trumpet, horn and trombone by Brian S. Wilson
• Quintet for horn and string quartet by Bernhard Heiden
• Sonata "Vox Gabrieli" for trombone and piano by Stjepan Sulek
• Impressions of Spring for two horns and piano by Brian S. Wilson
• Sextet in E Flat, op. 81b for two horns and string quartet by Ludwig van Beethoven

The next faculty chamber music concert will be presented by cellist Judiyaba and pianist Marilyn Thompson at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in GMC 1028. For information visit

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