Brass quintet takes to stage

An evening of lighthearted entertainment with the U of L Brass Quintet is in store for audiences attending the American in Paris concert, Saturday, Apr. 17 at 8 p.m. in the University Recital Hall.

This is the final concert of the season for the Faculty Artists and Friends series.

"The music featured is either French composed-American inspired, or American composed-French inspired," says Nick Sullivan, trombonist and music faculty. "The Brass Quintet is playing a transcription of Gershwin's American in Paris, with other offerings including selections from Porgy and Bess and Debussy's Gollywog's Cakewalk."

The U of L Brass Quintet is a relatively new ensemble to the Department of Music.

"We started the ensemble two years ago," says Sullivan. "We all love brass music, and with the support and talent of players at the University and in the community, it seemed a perfect opportunity to come together and play some great brass chamber music."

Comprised of members Nick Sullivan, Dr. Thomas Staples, Trudi Mason, Gerald Rogers and Keith Griffioen, the U of L Brass Quintet was featured with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and with the Music at Noon concert series on campus.

In addition to the Brass Quintet, other friends are taking to the stage to continue the evening's French/American inspired program.

"Dr. Sandra Stringer and Elinor Lawson perform excerpts from the Aaron Copland's Emily Dickinson Songs and Peter Visentin is performing the Ravel Violin Sonata, the middle movement of which is inspired by Blues," says Dr. Brian Black, concert co-ordinator.

Tickets for this event are available from the University Box Office (403-329-2616), open Monday to Friday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $15 regular and $10 for students and seniors.