Students from One of the Nation’s Premier Music Conservatories to Perform with Scranton Singers

03/18/11

The Manhattan School of Music Brass Orchestra will present a concert in conjunction with The University of Scranton Singers on Sunday, April 3. The concert, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the Houlihan-McLean Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Manhattan School of Music Brass Orchestra, founded in 2009, is a 32-piece ensemble made up of members of the Manhattan School of Music’s Brass and Percussion departments. The school, one of the nation’s premier music conservatories, has been providing programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level for more than 85 years. Consisting of more than 800 students from across the globe, the school prides itself on the high caliber of not only its students, but also its faculty members.

The evening’s program will include the premiere of an arrangement of Anthony Barfeild’s “Gospel Trilogy” for brass orchestra and mixed choir, including three movements: “Amazing Grace,” “What a Mighty God We Serve,” and “Jesus on the Mainline.” Also being premiered is a new setting of Marcus Printup’s “How Great Thou Art,” for brass orchestra and mixed choir, a piece that was commissioned as part of The University of Scranton’s World Premiere series in 2009.

The Brass Orchestra will be directed by its conductor and founder, Mark Gould. Retired from his post as co-principal trumpet at the Metropolitan Opera in 2003, Gould is chair of the brass department at the Manhattan School of Music, and is also on faculty at The Juilliard School. Renowned for his trumpet playing and teaching, Gould has appeared as principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, and has recorded and performed with ensembles such as the Canadian Brass and Empire Brass, as well as many symphony orchestras throughout the world. He also serves as the director for The New York Trumpet Ensemble. His body of work as a soloist and recording artist includes more than 40 performances on PBS as part of “Live at Lincoln Center” broadcasts and Grammy-winning recordings with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His students have garnered spots in many of the major orchestras and chamber ensembles both nationally and internationally.

For more information on this event, contact Cheryl Y. Boga, director of Performance Music at The University of Scranton, by calling (570) 941-7624, e-mailing music@scranton.edu, or visiting www.scranton.edu/music.


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