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Heritage Brass Opens Spectrum Series

KEENE, N.H. 8/29/02 The Heritage Brass Quintet opens The Spectrum Series of faculty and guest artist recitals on Friday, Sept. 20, at Keene State College.

Keene State music faculty member Daniel Farina, trumpet, plays with the Heritage Brass Quintet, which will perform music from the Renaissance and American brass band eras. The recital begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond on the KSC campus. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth 17 or younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

Farina opens the recital with solo performances of Goedickes Concert Etude, Haydns Trumpet Concert in E-flat, Ewazens Psalm from Two Portraits, and Charpentiers Prelude Te Deum.

After an intermission, Farina joins the Heritage Brass Quintet to play Frankenpohls Brass Quintet and Bachs Little Fugue. Renaissance madrigals and a brass band suite also are on the program along with shorter works such as Shepherds Hey, Cheatham, and Thats a-Plenty.

The Heritage Brass Quintet was formed for the 1990 Christmas Revels in Hanover and has continued to perform at the revels almost every year and at concerts, commencements, and other celebrations in the area. In addition to Farina, the quintet includes: James Bennett, trombone, director of bands and music at Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.; Dale Camara, horn, who teaches music at her studio in Peacham, Vt.; Robert E. Eliason, tuba, a member of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra; and Charles Gasque, trumpet, who has performed with the Vermont Symphony, Hanover Chamber Orchestra, Vermont Philharmonic, Opera North, and Vermont Jazz Ensemble.

The KSC Department of Music sponsors The Spectrum Series, a kaleidoscope of four centuries of music performed by Keene States internationally acclaimed faculty and guest artists. In addition to the Sept. 20 concert, this years Spectrum Series includes concerts on Sept. 27, Feb. 14, and April 9. All start at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall.

The Friday, Sept. 27, recital will feature Keene State voice faculty members Carroll Lehman, bass-baritone; Pamela Stevens, soprano; and Diane Cushing; soprano accompanied by artist-in-residence George Loring, piano. They will sing old Italian arias, a group of opera arias and ensembles, and the humorous Cat Duet by Rossini. Songs from the Romantic period, including works by Faure, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky, will be performed. The program will include lighter songs from Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof, and several blues numbers.

The Friday, Feb. 14, recital will feature works composed by KSC faculty and the Wednesday, April 9, recital will offer an eclectic program performed by faculty and guests.

For further information about the Spectrum Series, and to order tickets, call the box office at 603-358-2168.

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