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Crossroads Brass set to perform

Friday, September 18, 2009

TERRE HAUTE -- The Crossroads Brass, currently Artists in Residence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, will perform in recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27, in the Cecilian Auditorium at the college.

The Crossroads Brass performs for a number of events in the Wabash Valley, including weddings, fundraisers, dinners and graduation ceremonies at Ivy Tech, Rose-Hulman and SMWC.

Members of the group include trumpet players Jim Chesterson and Ron Dunbar of Terre Haute, trombonist Bill Heinrich of Paris, euphonium player Nancy Gormong, and horn player Judy Hamilton, both of Terre Haute.

Crossroads Brass will begin the recital with the Fanfare, which precedes the one act ballet "La Peri," or "The Flower of Immortality," by Paul Dukas.

Dukas was made famous by Mickey Mouse in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," which is Dukas' most famous composition.

The first half of the performance challenges the musicans with the "Quintet for Brass, No. 5, Op. 6 in E flat Major," which was composed in 1905 by Victor Ewald.

Ewald's quintets are among the first original pieces composed specifically for an ensemble, which is recognizable today as essentially the modern brass quintet, consisting of two treble, valved instruments, one alto, one tenor and one bass. The quintet is in threee movements.

The recital will turn to selections of a more popular nature for the second half of the program.

The opening number, "That's A Plenty," is a Dixieland piece arranged by Jack Gale. "Gallito," is a lively Spanish march by Santiago Lope. "Laura," by David Rasking, "Tuxedo Junction," by Lew Pollack, and Manning Sherwood's "A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square," will be features as well as the medley, "The Roaring Twenties," arranged by Paul Nagle.

"The Livery Stable Blues," by Ray Lopez and Alcido Nunez is the first jazz number to be recorded in its entirety by the original Dixieland Jazz Band and will conclude the set.

Admission to the recital is free and refreshments will be served during the intermission, courtesy of The Crossroads Brass.

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