The big brass visit the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (Jan. 27). Or should we say “play” instead?
That’s probably best, since Tuesday’s the day the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet performs an 11:30 a.m. concert at the Academy.
Formed in the early 1970s for educational programs, the TSO Brass Quintet has gone on to please crowds of all ages and tastes with versatile repertoire from the Baroque to Broadway and beyond.
The current members include Conrad Jones and Betsy Bright Morgan, trumpet; Victor Valenzuela, horn; Michael Becker, trombone; and David Morgan, tuba. And yes, the two Morgans are related, having recently married.
The repertoire on Tuesday is true to the group’s reputation for variety. After opening with Michael Hosford’s 1969 “Argentum,” they look back to the 17th century with an arrangement of Thomas Simpson’s “Intrada” before returning to the 20th century for diverse selections by Eric Ewazen, Manuel DeFalla and Aaron Copland. It promises to be a fine journey, with many national styles, periods and genres represented.
Written by Susan Isaacs Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer