MSUToday
Published: Oct. 13, 2017

MSU Music presents an evening of spectacular, ringing brass

Contact(s): Michael Sundermann College of Music office: (517) 353-2043 sunderm1@msu.edu

The MSU College of Music will present the Beaumont Brass Quintet and the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. As part of the Artist-Faculty Series, the quintets will perform at 3 p.m. Oct. 22  in the Fairchild Theatre of MSU Auditorium. This concert presents an afternoon of  brass featuring classic works by Etler and Di Lorenzo, as well as the famous “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky and the Overture to “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini.

The Beaumont Brass Quintet, formed in 1989, is MSU’s premier faculty brass ensemble. This group has presented attention-grabbing performances throughout Michigan and across the Midwest, including appearances with the Empire Brass and the Canadian Brass.

The members of this quintet include Justin Emerich, trumpet; Ava Ordman, trombone; Philip Sinder, tuba; and Corbin Wagner, horn. Graduate student Alessandro Bonotto, trumpet, candidate for the doctor of musical arts degree, is the fifth member of the group.

The widely acclaimed Wisconsin Brass Quintet is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s brass quintet in residence. They are regarded as “a remarkable ensemble that plays with more reckless abandon, warmth, stylistic variety and interpretive interest than almost any quintet in memory.”

Founded in 1972, the group regularly presents clinics and master classes at prestigious institutions such as The Julliard School, the Yale School of Music, and more. The members of the quintet include Mark Hetzler, trombone; Matthew Onstad, trumpet; Tom Curry, tuba; Alex Noppe, trumpet; and Daniel Grabois, horn.

The program includes the “Quintet for Brass Instruments” by Alvin Etler, performed by the Wisconsin Brass Quintet; the Overture to “The Barber of Seville” by Gioacchino Rossini, “Colossus” by Anthony Di Lorenzo and “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky, performed by the combined Beaumont Brass Quintet and Wisconsin Brass Quintet, conducted by Gary Green.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (age 60 and older), and free for students with ID and anyone under 18. They can be purchased online, at the College of Music box office by calling (517)353-5340 or arriving in person (333 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing), or at the door.

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