Thu, Dec. 1, 2011, at 7:30 pm; Pre-Concert Talk at 6:45
December is a time for heralds and phenomenal brass.
Just in season, the Center City Brass Quintet, “an exquisitely blended ensemble,” according to Gramophone, will play its program of Byrd to Bernstein and Gershwin at Jorgensen on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Louis Hanzlik, an assitant professor of trumpet and chamber music in the UConn Music Department and performer in the Grammy-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, will give a pre-concert talk about brass works and performance at 6:45 p.m.
The Center City Brass Quintet, made up of renowned soloists from some of the nation’s finest orchestras, will perform standards such as Ewald’s Quintet No. 1, new works such as “Four Sketches” by Anthony Plog, and a new piece by CCBQ trumpet player Anthony DiLorenzo called “Nexus.”
DiLorenzo, a Massachusetts native, has been a soloist with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops and the New York Philharmonic and has held positions with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, Santa Fe Opera and Utah Symphony. He and CCBQ trumpeter Geoffrey Hardcastle are members of Proteus 7, a mixed chamber ensemble. As a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, DiLorenzo worked with Leonard Bernstein, who nominated him for an Avery Fisher Career Grant. DiLorenzo is an Emmy Award-winning composer for television. He wrote the full-length score to the movie Benji: Off the Leash, and his work Firedance, which CCBQ recorded on its Street Song album,has become a favorite of brass quintets.
In addition to his membership in Proteus 7, Hardcastle is second trumpet with the Buffalo Philharmonic and has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He was founding member of the Burning River Brass Ensemble.
Richard King serves as principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra, appointed to that honor in 1996 by Christoph von Dohnanyi. His performance of the Mozart Horn Concerto No. 2 was noted by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for its “silken stream of beautiful tone.” A Long Island native, King began his study at age 9. He entered the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division in 1985 and gained early acceptance to The Curtis Institute of Music. He is on faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival.
Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, principal trombonist of the Seattle Symphony and on faculty at the University of Washington School of Music, will play at Jorgensen in one of his first concerts with CCBQ. Yamamoto was trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 10 seasons and has performed in orchestras in New York, Seattle and Tokyo. He began studying trombone at age 12 with teachers that included his father and Juilliard’s Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.
Craig Knox, principal tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and artist-lecturer in tuba at Carnegie Mellon University, is a Storrs, CT, native. (His parents are longtime members of Jorgensen’s CoStars, generous supporters of the arts.) Knox held positions at the San Francisco, Sacramento and New World symphonies. He soloed with major symphony orchestras in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Minnesota and Detroit and has taught at Kent State, California State in Hayward and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He tours with the Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass Quintet and performs each summer with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, WY.
The Dec. 1 program includes William Byrd’s “Earl of Oxford March,” Morley Calvert’s “Suite from the Monterigian Hills,” Bernstein’s Dance Suite and selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2132 Hillside Road on the UConn campus in Storrs. Tickets are $30, and $28, with some discounts. For tickets and information, call the Box Office 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri at 860.486.4226, or order online at: jorgensen.uconn.edu. Free, convenient parking is available across the street in the North Garage.