Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gaudete Brass Ensemble Performs at The Block AND Tank Takes the Stage at Frauenthal, Friday Evening, 11.15, Muskegon

Tank- Live in Concert
Fri, November 15, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Hosted by Vivica A. Fox.
Tickets $29.50/ $39.50/ $49.50
Available at StarTickets 800-585-3737
Frauenthal Box Office 231-727-8001
Frauenthal Box Office hours Monday - Friday 11 AM - 5:30
Over at the Block, we have the Gaudete Brass Ensemble.
Gaudete Brass Quintet
Dates and Tickets
 Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm
The Block  360 W. Western Ave.  2nd floor

Tickets start at $28
Doors and bar open at 6:30 pm
Concert starts at 7:30 pm
Copperwave (2006) - Joan Tower (b.1938)
Christ Lag in Todesbanden (1607) - Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
Trumpet Sextet in Eb minor Op. 30 (1907) - Oskar Bohme (1870-1938)
1. Adagio ma non tanto - Allegro molto
2. Scherzo
3. Andante cantabile
4. Allegro con spirito featuring Pam Smitter, trumpet
Still (2013) - David Sampson (b. 1951)
Songs of War and Loss - Anthony Plog (b. 1947), text by Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
1. Beat! Beat! Drums!
2. An Army Corps on the March
3. How Solemn as One by One
4. Cavalry Crossing a Ford
5. By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame
6. Reconciliation
7. A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim featuring baritone Reuben Lillie
Michael Praetorius was a phenomenally prolific composer active in Germany at the early part of the 17th century. He was influential in bringing elements of the new Italian Baroque music to Germany. His music remains frequently performed today but his vast catalogue of compositions means that many gems are rarely (or never) heard. This 5 part polyphonic setting of the Easter text Christ lag in Todesbanden is one of these gems that makes excellent chamber music for the modern brass quintet.
Oskar Böhme's Trumpet Sextet is one of a very few pieces of brass chamber music written in the late romantic style or even the entire common practice era. Böhme wrote this while he was a member of the Mariinskiy Theater Orchestra in St. Petersburg. He would continue to contribute to the musical life of Russia through trumpet playing, teaching and composing until he was relocated to the a remote area of the Ural Mountains during Stalin's purge of artists in the 1930's.
David Sampson's music has played an integral part in establishing a repertoire of substance for the brass quintet. His goal is to not only create powerful music for the brass quintet but also to create works of great diversity, each one different from the last. Still, his 10th work for brass quintet, is a work of subtle beauty and slowly developing sound colors, a remarkable aesthetic for instruments usually known for playing fanfares. Still was written for the Gaudete Brass Quintet in 2013. David also wrote Chicago Moves for the GBQ in 2011.
Anthony Plog's Songs of War and Loss was written for the American Brass Quintet. This is one of the rare works for brass quintet with voice and it is truly monumental in both its scope and material. Whitman's Civil War poetry conveys both pain and oppressiveness as well as glimpses of humanity in the small moments of the great conflict. It is a special privilege for Gaudete to bring this moving chamber work to our audience.
About the Quintet Since 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet has committed itself to presenting serious brass chamber music through compelling concerts, commissioning new works and adventurous recordings. The group has engaged in live performances at venues such as Merkin Hall and Symphony Space in New York City and Millennium Park in Chicago, commissioned new works from noted composers such as David Sampson, Jonathan Newman, John Cheetham, Steven Bryant and Stacy Garrop, and appeared on radio broadcasts on WFMT in Chicago and Nashville Public Radio.
While keeping this rigorous performance schedule, Gaudete has recorded three albums: Brass Outings (2006), winner of the CDBaby Editors' Choice distinction and nominee for Just Plain Folks Best Classical Chamber Album; Conversations in Time with organist R. Benjamin Dobey (2011, Pro Organa); and Chicago Moves, produced by Grammy winner Judith Sherman and featuring several of its commissioned works (2012, Cedille Records). The quintet has also presented educational programs and concerts at prominent institutions including The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and Arizona State University and starting in the fall of 2013 the GBQ has joined Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts faculty as artists-in-residence.

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