Brass group in concert Thursday



The internationally known American Brass Quintet will present a public concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hillsboro Mennonite Breth?ren Church.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students, which is significantly lower than comparable ABQ performances.

The concert is part of the group?s mini-residency at Tabor College today and tomorrow, during which members will be providing area instrumental students with a unique learning opportunity.

Daniel Baldwin, assistant professor of instrumental music at Tabor, said he is excited that Tabor will play host to this prestigious brass ensemble.

?They have established themselves as one of the, if not the, finest brass quintets in the world,? he said. ?They maintain an active touring schedule at venues around the world, as well as commissioning some of the finest brass quintet music in the repertoire.?

The ABQ members?Ray?mond Mase and Kevin Cobb on trumpet, David Wakefield on horn, Michael Powell on trombone and John D. Rojak on bass trombone?will serve as both educators and entertainers during their time at Tabor.

On Wednesday, ABQ will offer a master class to central Kansas high school and college students. After a brief performance, the quintet will listen to and critique student ensembles before splitting up to work with individual instrument classes.

?ABQ is dedicated to the advancement of music education,? Baldwin said, ?so they frequently do school performances around the country.?

The next day, the community is invited to ?a concert worthy of Carnegie Hall,? according to Baldwin.

?They?re all down-to-earth, terrific guys and they?re all world class players on their instruments,? he said. ?I?m looking forward to bringing them in and letting the students experience them.?

Based at the Julliard School since 1987, ABQ is in its 51st year of educating, promoting and refining brass music. In addition to playing regularly at Julliard, the quintet has performed in nearly all of the most prestigious performing venues while touring through all 50 states, Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

ABQ will have performed in Chicago the two days prior to coming to Hillsboro.

The Sept 29 concert will be at 7 p.m. at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students, significantly lower than comparable ABQ performances.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Tabor College music department at 620-947-3121, ext. 1401.

Tickets also are available at Thee Bookstore in downtown Hillsboro.

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