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BASSically BRASS and Trombone Ensemble to perform April 25

April 18, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire will present a performance by BASSically BRASS and the Trombone Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The concert will begin with both ensembles, with assistance from the University Percussion Ensemble, playing Concert Suite for Low Brass by Claude T. Smith, directed by Dr. Jerry Young, professor of music.

The Trombone Ensemble will then perform "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebel, under the direction of senior Joseph Aumann, Hartford. Senior Matthew Turek, Monroe, will conduct David Holsinger's "On A Hymnsong of Philip Bliss" for BASSically BRASS.

Holsinger's "The Monolith Recalled" will follow, under the direction of senior Nick Drayton, Middleton. This will be the second performance of this work, as it is often difficult to assemble the 10 trombones, six euphoniums, six tubas and seven percussionists required for the piece. All three ensembles will be included in this piece.

The concert will continue with "Transference" by Ruud van Eeten, directed by Aumann and performed by the Trombone Ensemble.

BASSically BRASS will continue with "64 Inches" by Rodger Vaughan, under the direction of Young.

The three ensembles will combine for the last piece, "Pines of the Appian Way," by Ottorino Respighi, directed by Young.

BASSically BRASS is a group of music majors, minors and other university students selected by audition who are low brass players. It offers students the opportunity to perform original and transcribed pieces for their instruments. The ensemble has earned an outstanding reputation for its virtuosity and musicianship and has performed at venues around the world. BASSically BRASS sponsors the annual low brass concert series, OctubaFest.

The UW-Eau Claire Trombone Ensemble also consists of music majors, minors and students from other departments. The group rehearses weekly, tours annually and has performed at the 2005 International Trombone Festival in New York and the 2006 Minnesota Music Educators Association conference.

The April 25 concert is free and open to the public.

For more information about UW-Eau Claire music events, visit the calendar online.

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