Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Award-winning Triton Brass Quintet

Triton Brass Quintet
Concord, Mass., February 7, 2012—The Concord Band is thrilled to welcome five outstanding young professional musicians from the Boston area to share the stage at their Winter Concert. The award-winning Triton Brass Quintet will be guest soloists for an exciting and dynamic program, led by Music Director James O'Dell, which will take place at 8 pm on March 3, 2012 at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord.

The quintet will perform Five Concord Diversions for Brass Quintet and Bandby James Curnow, commissioned by the Concord Band and premiered in 1987, and the Concertino for Brass Quintet and Band by John Cheetham. In addition, the quintet's Andrew Sorg will be featured on flugelhorn in an arrangement of the Adagio movement from Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, arranged by Concord Band Music Director Emeritus William G. McManus.

Originating from across the United States and abroad, the members of the Triton Brass are now New England area freelance musicians, and among the region's most promising young talents: Stephen Banzaert and Andrew Sorg, trumpets; Shelagh Abate, French horn; Wesley Hopper, trombone; and Angel Subero, bass trombone. Triton Brass were prize winners at the 2005 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, 2003 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and semi-finalists at the Concert Artists Guild Competition. Triton members are in their second year as artists-in-residence at The Boston Conservatory, where the group serves as both performers and instructors, and are proud to be faculty and co-hosts for the Atlantic Brass Quintet International Seminar.

It is with deep sadness that The Concord Band reports that William M. Toland, the Band's Music Director Laureate, passed away in January. Mr. Toland was Music Director from 1962 to 1995, and established its missions of providing the best in concert band music to Concord-area audiences, commissioning new works for band, and inviting the best guest conductors, composers, instrumentalists, and singers to perform and work with the Band. As a tribute to him, the Band will play the “Nimrod” movement from Edward Elgar’sEnigma Variations for this concert. In addition, the Fall 2012 concert will be dedicated to a celebration of Mr. Toland's life and role with the Band.

Also on the program are ...Go by Samuel Hazo, Festivo by Edward Gregson, Florentiner March by Julius Fučík, and “Ishmael” from Of Sailors and Whales by W. Francis McBeth. The concert begins at 8:00 pm in The Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street in Concord on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Tickets are $15 each ($5 for students and seniors) and are available at the door.