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Emerald Brass Quintet in Two-Day Residency at USU

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

members of the Emerald Brass Quintet. The ensemble performs at USU

The Emerald Brass Quintet will complete a two-day residency at Utah State University, including a concert Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., USU Performance Hall.

Caine College of the Arts welcomes the Emerald Brass Quintet (EBQ) for a two-day residency this month featuring a concert at the Performance Hall Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

“The EBQ performance at Utah State University will include audience interaction and improvisation,” said Max Matzen, EBQ member and USU faculty member. “We like to use improvisation as a vehicle for creativity as well as interaction.”

Matzen says to teach the audience the concept of improvisation, the quintet will pick a common folk song with simple singing and a primary focus on voice leading, style and rhythm, to keep the audience engaged.

The performance is the culmination of a two-day residency where the group will work with USU students along with Logan High School and Sky View High School students. The quintet will play for the bands and work with the brass sections in a more concentrated effort.

Emerald Brass Quintet formed in 2006 and has since gained recognition as a dynamic and virtuosic collection of performers and educators. EBQ has performed with Canadian Brass and has been a featured ensemble at the 2009 Brass in Frankenwald festival in Hof, Germany.

Individually, EBQ members have performed in concert halls from Thailand to Carnegie Hall. They have also performed with orchestras from the Honolulu and Cincinnati symphonies to the Rochester, New York, and Springfield, Ohio, philharmonics.

“We like to perform with each other as much as we can as we are all colleagues from graduate school,” said Matzen. “It’s a very fun group of friends who play great and it’s always a treat.”

The quintet will perform Quintet no. 2 by Victor Ewald, Meditango by Astor Piazzola, Suite from the Monterigian Hills by Morley Calvert and The Circus March by Jan Koetsier. Jason Nicholson, USU percussion faculty member, will also accompany on the djembe.

Tickets for Emerald Brass Quintet are $10 adults, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or tickets, contact the CCA Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022, or see the college’s Production Services website.

Related links:
USU Music Department

USU Caine College of the Arts

Writer: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500, denise.albiston@usu.ed

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