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Arts & Entertainment WCU’s Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet to perform April 9 concert

Smoky Mountain Brass QuintetThe Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, the quintet-in-residence at Western Carolina University, will present its final concert of the spring semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9.

The free concert will take place in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

The quintet will perform “Escape” by Kevin McKee; Bruce Frazier’s “Blue Ridge Suite” (featuring P. Bradley Ulrich on trumpet and flugelhorn); “Quintet” by Jan Koetsier; “Introduction, Theme and Variation” by Carl Jacobi, as arranged by Ulrich (featuring Will Peebles on bassoon); “Conceto” by Vivaldi and Bach; and “Mississippi Rag” by W.H. Krell, as arranged by Frackenpohl.

WCU’s Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Commercial and Electronic Music, Frazier composed “Blue Ridge Suite” in 2012. The work was premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia, by Ulrich and the Hoodlebug Brass Quintet from Indiana University in Pennsylvania.

The four-movement composition accompanies a slideshow of scenes from the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Many of the photos were shot by Frazier and his brother.

Peebles, director of WCU’s School of Music, will be performing with the SMBQ on its upcoming tour to Germany and the Czech Republic in June. On tour, the SMBQ will be presenting concerts at two WCU sister institutions in Germany – the Ludwigsburg University of Education and University of Education in Weingarten.

In addition, the group will travel to Prague, where it will perform and provide clinics at the Prague Conservatory. The quintet also has been invited to participate in the 50th Anniversary Music Festival in Kolin, Czech Republic. In Kolin, the group will take the stage with WCU faculty member and jazz pianist Pavel Wlosok. The WCU faculty members will perform Wlosok’s “Five Miniatures for Brass Quintet,” which was written for the SMBQ’s Carnegie Hall debut recital in 2007.

For more information, contact Ulrich at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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