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SFA Brass Quintet to perform

November 30, 2010 - Sylvia Bierschenk

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Music by composers from around the world will be featured in a concert by the SFA Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in the Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

The quintet is composed of four SFA faculty members--Gary Wurtz, trumpet; Charles Gavin, horn; Deb Scott, trombone; and J.D. Salas, tuba--and graduate assistant Jarrod Beard, trumpet.

The most substantial work on the program, according to Gavin, will be "Quintet No. 1, Opus 5" by Victor Ewald, a late 19th century Russian composer widely recognized as the first composer to write for the brass quintet.

The ensemble will also perform Canadian composer Morley Calvert's "Three Dances" and Cuban jazz artist Paquito D'Rivera's "Valse Venezolano," which is based on a form of Venezuelan folk dance.

Also included on the program is Finnish composer Jukka Viitasaari's "The Virtual Alchemist," a contemporary work that showcases the lyrical capabilities of the brass quintet, explained Gavin.

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Dr.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.