The Williams College Department of Music presents Brass Bash 2013 with the Williams Brass Ensemble on Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Brass Bash 2013 with the Williams Brass Ensemble offers a varied program of works for solo and chamber brass. A quartet comprised of student musicians performs pieces by the noted 19th century American musician Simon Knaebel: Brooklyn Waltz, and Manhattan Gallopade. Trumpeter Jesse Freeman '15 and pianist Edwin Lawrence perform Sonata for Trumpet and Piano composed by Halsey Stevens in 1965. Mr. Lawrence also collaborates on the next selection, Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano together with Elizabeth Dietz '15, trumpet. The 1939 piece is a majestic standard of the solo trumpet repertoire and a challege for both soloist and pianist. The director of the ensemble steps up next to perform Sonata per tromba e basso continuo by Giovanni Bonaventura Viviani. This is a rare opportunity to hear the piece as it might have been performed in 1678 with harpsichord and a historic baroque trumpet, an ancestor of the modern valved trumpet which is fascinating to see and which is capable of a nuanced sweetness.
The Williams Brass Ensemble concludes the concert with the Brass Quartet No. 5, op. 38 by Wilhelm Ramsöe, a delightful chamber work that features the intimate nature music for small brass groups.
Led by Artist Associate in Trumpet & Director of Brass Ensemble, Nathan Botts.