Western Brass Quintet

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The Western Brass Quintet will perform original works by four composers tonight on the Bullock Performance Institute Series at Western Michigan University.  Trumpeters Scott Thornburg and Robert White discuss the works on the program, saying that the brass quintet as a form has allowed certain composers to experiment in unusual ways. 


C. Lieurance

Hundreds of fall semester concerts have taken place at Western Michigan University, and there's just one more before the winter break. It's the annual A Brass Celebration of Christmas, featuring the Western Brass Quintet and 20 additional brass players and percussionists. Cara Lieurance spoke with Dr. Robert White, professor of trumpet, and graduate assistant trumpeter Michael Gause, about the new and familiar music for this concert, which is the traditional "Christmas card to the community."


Tubist Robert Whaley has performed for 50 of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's 95 seasons, and he's looking forward to season 96. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, he marked the occasion by telling stories about some of the experiences he's had over the years as a symphony musician.


The Western Brass Quintet welcomed a new member this fall. Robert White, a former student of Western's trumpet professor Scott Thornburg, went on to earn a doctorate from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He returned to campus as a faculty member in September.

Western Brass Quintet

The Western Brass Quintet premieres two new works Wednesday night, including Brass Quintet by composer Pierre Jalbert.