Western Brass Quintet

WMU School of Music

Before a Jan 29 recital of works for brass quintet, Western Brass Quintet horn player Lin Foulk Baird and tubist Jacob Cameron sat down to talk about how they choose music for a concert, how their instruments have changed over the centuries, and how they like to play classics, new commissions, and great works that went under the radar, such as George Walker's Music for Brass (1975). 

Baird and Cameron also talked about the Western Brass Quintet's upcoming album of new works, Better Angels. The album title is also the title of a new work written for them by WMU composer David Colson. It will be released in March, 2020. 

Kalamazoo Bach Festival

Director Chris Ludwa and Cara Lieurance highlight several musical selections of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus' upcoming Holidays With The Bach Festival Chorus concert, including the familiar carols "Angels We Have Heard On High" and "O Holy Night," to "Ose Shalom," a nod to the Hannukah holiday, and John Rutter's setting of the Gloria, a modern classic. They also preview Holiday Beer Choir, an event where anyone can sing along. It will be held at 7:30 pm Thursday, Dec 19 at Old Dog Tavern


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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.


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