Balaton Chamber Brass to perform Feb. 18 at WCU

Feb 12, 2014

CULLOWHEE — The School of Music will host Balaton Chamber Brass as it gives its third annual performance at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Feb. 18

The duo, which features WCU music faculty members Amy Cherry on trumpet and Dan Cherry on trombone, will be accompanied by Lillian Buss Pearson on piano.

The program will begin with “Sound the Trumpet,” a transcription of a vocal duet by Henry Purcell. Other works include three movements from “An Elizabethan Songbook” by Eric Ewazen; “Fandango and “O Come and Dwell in Me,” two pieces by Joseph Turrin; and the world premiere of a new work for trumpet, trombone and percussion titled “Consortium of Three” by WCU faculty member Mario Gaetano. The concert will end with “Gershwin By George,” a medley of Gershwin tunes arranged by Dennis Armitage.

Along with recital performances and educational outreach programs, Balaton Chamber Brass has been active in expanding the repertoire for the trumpet/trombone duo. The duo has currently commissioned or inspired works by composers Emma Lou Diemer, Bruce Frazier, Michael Kallstrom, Wayne Lu, Elizabeth Raum, Michael Sitton, Gail Robertson, Mario Gaetano and Wes Flinn. Many of these works will be included in a debut CD, “Changing Times and Colors,” which will be completed this spring.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building, with a reception in the lobby immediately following the performance.

For more information, call the School of Music at 227-7242.

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