Sunday, October 3, 2010

British, American Pieces Featured In Concert

The Brass Arts Quintet at Tennessee Tech University presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, in Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building. The program features members of the group in works by British composers Gustav Holst, Malcolm Arnold and Martin Ellerby. The quintet will follow this up with Malcolm Arnold's famous "Quintet for Brass," which was composed in 1961 for the New York Brass Quintet. Ellerby will be in residence at TTU as a guest composer in November of this year and this work is a preview of the coming performance that will also include a premiere of a new composition for the TTU Wind Ensemble among other pieces. Organizers say the highlight of the evening will be the appearance of guest trombone soloist and TTU alumnus Les Benedict. Benedict has performed and recorded with artists such as Elvis Presley, Julio Iglesias, Bette Midler, Andy Griffith and Charlie Daniels. He will be joining the group on Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk" and Arthur Pryor's "Thoughts of Love."