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SAINT LOUIS BRASS QUINTET OPENS SOUTHEASTERN’S
HAMMOND – The Saint Louis Brass
Quintet, renowned for a unique combination of virtuoso performance and
entertaining showmanship, is the opening act for “Encore! 2005,” the Southeastern
Louisiana University Department of Music and Dramatic Arts’ spring performing
The quintet will present a varied,
humorous program of American jazz and classics at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 9, at
the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. The concert is free.
Founded in 1964, the Saint Louis
Brass Quintet has presented workshops, master classes, and children’s programs
throughout the United States and abroad. In their highly successful and
entertaining concerts they perform the great music for brass -- from the
works of the baroque to today’s composers, including Ellington, Gershwin,
Cole Porter, and Stephen Foster.
The musicians will also host
a master class at 4 p.m. on the day of their performance. Open to the public,
the class is scheduled for the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
The Saint Louis Brass Quintet’s
Encore! program will include “Arias” by James DeMars, a piece commissioned
for the ensemble; Anthony Plog's “Aesop's Fables,” which weaves music with
the clever, well-known stories; three tangos by the noted Argentinian composer
Astor Piazzolla; and jazz arranger Joey Sellers’ “Tribute to Pops” and
“Sweet Georgia Brown.”
The Saint Louis Brass Quintet
is one of America's longest standing brass quintets. Originally formed
by members of the St. Louis Symphony to play children's concerts around
the St. Louis area, the group soon expanded to present full length concerts
funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council
and the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
In addition to recording and
touring internationally, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet now performs three
10-day concert tours throughout the United States each year. They were
featured at the Norway Brass Band Festival in 1994 and at a festival in
Bombay, India, in 1995. The quintet has toured Japan, Mexico, Germany and
Members of the group include
founding member Melvyn Jernigan, formerly with the Saint Louis Symphony,
who plays trombone. Trumpet players are Allan Dean from Yale University,
and Ray Sasaki from the University of Texas. Horn player Thomas Bacon now
solos with the Houston Ballet, and tuba player Daniel Perantoni is currently
an instructor at Indiana University Bloomington. The members are well-known
as soloists and clinicians and have collectively traveled around the world,
performing at various venues, festivals and with first-class ensembles.
The Encore! concert is funded
by the Southeastern Arts and Lectures Committee, and Bach/Conn-Selmer.
For additional information and an Encore! brochure listing the entering
season’s offerings, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts,