Brass quintet recital at WCU to include musical salute to 125 years of the arts

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From Western Carolina University:

The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, quintet-in-residence at Western Carolina University, will give its spring 2014 recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in a performance that will help commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the institution that became WCU.

The program, titled, “Hodgepodge,” will feature works by Arthur Frackenpohl (Quintet No. 2), the world premiere of “Ovates and Coilltich” by Robert Kehrberg, “Roaring ’20s” by Bill Holcombe, “Brass Quintet” by Alexey Posin, “Adios Nonino” by Astor Piazzolla and “Fly Me to the Moon,” arranged by Jack Gale.

Kehrberg, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at WCU, composed “Ovates and Coilltich” to celebrate the university’s 125th birthday, which is occurring in 2014. The piece was inspired by the early settlers and native people of the Western North Carolina region, and it is specifically dedicated to 125 years of the arts at Western Carolina University, Kehrberg said.

“The title of the piece suggests a loose association of the words in Gaelic and reference a bard and red warrior in some literature translations. The tie to the region served by WCU and its historical culture is by design,” he said. “The changing textures of the piece are intended to reflect the many changes of the past 125 years at Western Carolina University.”

The performance is open to the public free of charge. It will take place in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. For more information, call the School of Music at 828-227-7242.

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