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Release: Jan. 17, 2002
Photo: The Manhattan
Brass Quintet, which will bring a little bit of New York City to Iowa when
it performs a free concert of music by New York composers at 8 p.m. Monday,
Jan. 28, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
Manhattan Brass Quintet To Perform Free UI Guest Concert
Manhattan Brass Quintet will bring a little bit of New York City to Iowa,
performing a free concert of music by New York composers at 8 p.m. Monday,
Jan. 28 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
It is only fair for the quintet to bring some New
York to Iowa, since there is some Iowa in the quintet: trumpet player Louis
Hanzlik is a native of Des Moines and graduated from the UI School of Music
in 1998. The group comes to the UI through an invitation from Hanzlik's UI
trumpet teacher, David Greenhoe. While at the UI they will present a master
class with current UI brass students at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the
Opera Rehearsal Room.
The Jan. 28 concert will feature the Manhattan Brass
Quintet (MBQ) in performances of Seymour Barab's "Seven Deadly Sins," an MBQ
commission, as well as William Bolcom's "Brass Quintet in one movement (Remembered
Fathers)" and "Harlem River Reveille" by Aaron Jay Kernis. The Iowa Brass
Quintet, a UI faculty ensemble, will join the MBQ to close the program with
music composed by Giovanni Gabrieli for the famed St. Mark's Cathedral in
Barab's "Seven Deadly Sins" was an MBQ commission
in 1994. It is in seven movements, descriptive of each sin -- pride, covetousness,
envy, gluttony, lust, sloth and anger. It is, along with Kernis' "Harlem River
Reveile," featured on the quintet's most recent CD recording, "The Manhattan
Bolcom's "Brass Quintet in one movement (Remembered
Fathers)" is a piece in six sections that portrays the fathers in the line
of the composer's own family history.
In addition to these pieces by living New York composers,
the MBQ will step back in time to perform a set of "Jacobean Consort Music"
from Renaissance England and Italy, as arranged for modern brass instruments
by Hanzlik; a set of chorale preludes by J.S. Bach, arranged by the group's
trombonist, Michael Seltzer; and Hanzlik's arrangements of pieces in seven
and 10 parts by Gabrieli.
Performing a stylistically varied repertoire that
spans more than 500 years, the MBQ appears in recitals, special events, and
free-to-the-public educational and community concerts. In addition to its
standard repertoire, the quintet places an emphasis on the commissioning and
performance of new works, especially those which integrate new or unique styles
into the repertoire. The quintet has won or placed in the Artists International,
New York Brass Conference, Fischoff National Chamber Music and Concert Artists
The quintet's members -- Wayne du Maine and Hanzlik,
trumpets; Ann Ellsworth, horn; Michael Seltzer, trombone; and Stephen Foreman,
tuba -- are New York-area freelance musicians,
performing in a wide variety of settings in and around
New York. Members of the MBQ regularly perform with the Metropolitan Opera
and New York Philharmonic, record movie scores and jingles, and play for Broadway
The MBQ is featured in NHK-TV Japan's "The Classical
Hour"; a series of New York recitals taped for broadcast on Japan's largest
television network. The quintet can be heard digitally on the Cala label performing
Chinese composer Zhou Long's "Four Maskers," and sharing the CD with distinguished
cellist Fred Sherry and members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
The quintet was also featured in an article on National
Public Radio's "Performance Today," detailing the ensemble's work with "Midori
& Friends." In 1994 the MBQ designed educational programs for violin prodigy
Midori's non-profit educational program. Since then, the quintet has expanded
its educational programs and currently performs educational concerts and clinics
all over the country each year for tens of thousands of children, many of
them underprivileged. This year, the MBQ performs these programs for the Chamber
Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
The Iowa Brass Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble
at the UI School of Music, performs on the UI campus each semester and for
schools, universities, civic concert associations, and professional meetings
throughout the United States. Founded in the early 1950s, the group has been
widely acclaimed for its artistry in the performance of music of all periods
and premieres of new compositions. Its current members are David Greenhoe
and Barbara Deur, trumpets; Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and
Robert Yeats, tuba.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing
Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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