Philadelphia Brass Concert

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Feb. 8, 1996

Philadelphia Brass to Perform Feb. 29

By Faith Kammerdeiner
UW-RF News Bureau

One of America's finest brass quintets will perform at UW-River Falls, Feb. 29.

The concert, will be held in the North Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m. and is sponsored by the Wyman Concert and Lecture Series. The event is free for all University students and $5 for non-students.

This is a rare chance to see Philadelphia Brass. The quintet seldom tours. The quintet has won several prestigious competitions, including the 1989 Rafael Mendez Competition, and they have an album out called "Renaissance and Baroque. "

The Philadelphia Brass quintet is "one of the finest quintets in America," said Kaye Schendel, student activities assistant director. "They're right up there with the Canadian Brass."

Concert highlights include a performance with the UW-RF Concert Choir and student organist, Jillane Krause. The piece, written specifically for the Philadelphia Brass by Daniel Pinkham called "Creation of the World," retells the first six days of the Bible's creation story. River Falls High School choral music teacher Roger Tweiten will narrate. The ensemble will also play music spanning from five centuries of music, including three selections from Westside Story and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

The group is comprised of highly trained and educated individuals. John Ilika, trombone, has Indiana and Minnesota roots, and played in the Maracaibo Symphony in Venezuela. He is principal trombone for the Delaware Symphony, the Reading Symphony and Opera Delaware. Ilika has a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Trumpeter Brian Kuszyk obtained his musical education at Temple University, where he studied with Seymour Rosenfeld. He performs with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra. Kuszyk has numerous national TV and radio credits and has recorded on the RCA and Argo/London labels.

Grant W. Moore, II, the tubist, is the only remaining founding member of Philadelphia Brass. He is a busy freelance tuba soloist and clinician in the Mid-Atlantic region. As a dedicated instructor he teaches tuba at Elizabethtown and Moravian Colleges and works often with high school players. He is a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Horn player Martin Webster also performs and instructs. He is currently a member of Solisti New York Chamber Orchestra, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Hancock Chamber Players, the Settlement Contemporary Players and the Eastern Philharmonic. He also teaches horn at Lehigh University, Moravian College and at the Eastern Music Festival. Webster coaches chamber music at the Settlement Music school in Philadelphia, and has degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Temple Universities.

Lawrence Wright, trumpet, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Denison University and the Juilliard School, where he earned his Masters Degree as a student of William Vacchiano and Mel Broiles. He is the principal trumpet of the Bethlehem Bach Festival, the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia and the Allentown Symphony. He's a also faculty member at Lehigh University, Moravian College and the Kinhaven Music School.

"This is an incredible opportunity to see them," Schendel said. "You need to go hear them."

Tickets for the concert are available in the Hagestad Student Center at the Information Desk and at the door the night of the performance.

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