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February 2009

Release Date: Feb. 25, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Brass Ensembles to Perform Spring Concert

Angelo State University’s brass ensembles will present their spring “Night of Brass” concert Tuesday, March 3, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 32 N. Irving St.

The concert, which is open free to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the ASU Brass Choir under the direction of Dr. Edward Surface, assistant professor of music.

Joining the Brass Choir will be the ASU Brass Quartet, directed by Dr. John Irish, associate professor of music, and the West Texas Brass Project, a professional brass choir consisting of musicians from throughout the United States and West Texas. Dr. Daniel McCloud, assistant professor of music at ASU, directs the West Texas Brass Project.

The program will include a wide range of brass literature representing the 17th through 20th centuries. The Brass Choir will premiere a new work titled “Tribute” by Dr. Stephen Emmons, ASU assistant professor of music.

Other works on the program are “Die zwei blauen Augen” and “Wo die Sch�nen Trompeten blasen,” by German composer Gustav Mahler, “Ave Maria and Antiphon” by Anton Bruckner, “Two Military Marches” by Ludwig van Beethoven and “Prelude to Te Deum” for brass and organ by 17th century French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

The West Texas Brass Project will perform works by Palestrina, Granados, Johann Strauss and Gigout. The concert finale will be a movement from Charles-Marie Widor’s “Symphony No. 5” with the combined brass choirs and Dr. Guy Whatley on the organ.

For more information about the concert or other musical events, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085 or visit the department’s Web site at

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