The Arizona Senior Academy welcomes the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet for a special evening concert to showcase music for brass from the early Baroque to the present – including classic works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his predecessor Samuel Scheidt, a modern work by Jacob Horovitz, and a perennial favorite, “Danny Boy”!
Brass quintets bring big, concert-hall sound to the smaller chamber stage. Traditionally, brass chamber ensembles have played transcriptions of music for other instruments by composers such as Bach. Some Renaissance and early Baroque music, including that of Scheidt, was written for unspecified instruments, but most likely played on brass. Times are changing. Music for brass chamber ensembles is now being written specifically for these instruments by composers such as Horovitz.
The Quintet is comprised of the TSO’s principal chairs for brass:
· Hayato Tanaka, principal trumpet of the TSO, sought after by orchestras and festivals across the country.
· Betsy Morgan, second trumpet, with the TSO since 2003, has played with major festivals, has her own trumpet studio.
· Victor Valenzuela, second horn, a long-time TSO member, has played with orchestras in the Southwest and Mexico.
· Michael Becker, principal trombone since 2010, has played with the London, Detroit, and St. Louis orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, and toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.
· David Morgan, principal tuba, and has played music festivals across the country.
The concert will honor those who have made donations to enhance Arizona Senior Academy programs – ASA members, non-member Friends of the ASA, and members of the Academy’s Board of Directors.
—Written by Ted Hullar, Academy Village Volunteer