MSUToday
Published: Sept. 2, 2016

MSU College of Music presents brass concert series

Contact(s): Kathleen Adams College of Music office: (517) 353-9958 adamsk10@msu.edu

The MSU College of Music presents the first concert of the MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series.

The BrassWorks Showcase will take place at 3 p.m. Sept. 18 in MSU Auditorium’s Fairchild Theatre. The concert will demonstrate the talent of the Beaumont Brass faculty quintet and the principal brass players from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

“It is very exciting to play these eclectic and emotionally charged masterworks from so many great composers,” said Justin Emerich, associate professor of trumpet. “Each piece is so wonderful; it is too difficult to choose my favorite.”

The Beaumont Brass, formed in 1989, is MSU’s premier faculty brass quintet. This group has presented performances throughout Michigan and across the Midwest, including appearances with the Empire Brass and the Canadian Brass. The members of this quintet include Emerich, trumpet; Ava Ordman, trombone; Philip Sinder, tuba; and Corbin Wagner, French horn. Graduate student Alessandro Bonotto, trumpet, a candidate for a doctor of musical arts degree, is the fifth member of the group.

“When I had the opportunity to see the Beaumont Brass perform last year, I was blown away by the impressive musicality and exuberance they brought to the stage," said Claire Montgomery, a music education/oboe student in the College of Music. "The audience at this concert is in store for something quite exciting and unique that will leave everyone wanting more."

Acclaimed guest artists join the quintet for an afternoon of colorful and lively music that is sure to dazzle the audience.

Guest Artists:

  • Kenneth Thomkins, principal trombone of Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Karl Pituch, principal horn of Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Heather Zweifel, co-founder and co-director of Burning River Brass

Also performing:

  •  Students from the MSU College of Music
  •  Kevin Sedatole, director of bands at MSU
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