Classic Brass

Spanning time and place

Music spanning almost 400 years comes to the fore in Nebraska Brass’s concert, “Brass in Time.” Going as far back as the sonorities that echoed across the grand piazzas and soaring architecture of 17th century Venice comes a 1608 piece by Giovanni Gabrieli. And, reaching beyond Earth’s horizons into the infinities of outer space, there’s John Williams’s 1977 music for Star Wars.

In between, the quintet, as if striding along in Mussorgsky’s “Promenade” from Pictures at an Exhibition, reveals a colorful array of music. .

American compositions have prominence, chief of which is Herbert Haufrecht’s 1965 four-part Suite for Brass Quintet. A dazzling Sousa compilation and a dance by Stephen Foster step lively, too.

There is also the delightful familiarity of another Venetian composer—part of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, plus something from his German contemporary J.S. Bach. Add to this the sounds of Mozart, Rossini, plus the legends, Lennon/McCartney, who like Haufrecht, come from our own time.

The members of Nebraska Brass are Mark Mendell, trombonist, a music instructor in the Council Bluffs school system; Ken Kielniarz playing tuba; he’s with the music faculty at Creighton U and at OPS; plus Dean Haist and Brad Obbink on trumpets and Richard Ricker’s horn, all from Lincoln.    

Clearly such sounds have delighted listeners in many places around the globe. And for hundreds of years.

“Brass in Time” is heard May 21, Strauss Performing Arts Center, UNO, 6001 Dodge St. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12-$15

Category: Music

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