Scranton Brass Orchestra Performance Features Acclaimed ‘Terrific Trumpeter’

Jan 10, 2013

             The Scranton Brass Orchestra will perform Sunday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan McLean Center at The University of Scranton. Admission is free, and the performance is open to the public.

          Guest soloist for the performance is acclaimed trumpeter Brian McWhorter, associate professor of trumpet at the University of Oregon. He will serve as soloist on arrangements of Herbert L. Clarke’s classics “Maid of The Mist” and “The Debutante.” The program also includes works from the operatic, theatrical and jazz repertoires.

            Hailed as a “terrific trumpeter” by The New York Times, McWhorter has been a featured soloist in a wide variety of styles of programming at respected venues throughout the world. He has worked extensively with brass chamber groups, including the Oregon Brass Quintet, Extension Ensemble, Manhattan Brass Quintet and the American Brass Quintet.

            As a member of the brass and percussion sextet Meridian Arts Ensemble from 2001-2010, McWhorter performed, commissioned and recorded some of the most demanding and progressive music ever written for brass. Meridian’s album “Timbrando”– a collection of Latin American contemporary works – was recently featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

            The Scranton Brass Orchestra, sponsored and presented by The University of Scranton and under the direction of Cheryl Boga and Mark Gould, is comprised of 27 professional brass and percussion players from the region. Boga serves as the director of performance music at The University of Scranton. Gould was principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1974-2003 and has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1982. He joined the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in September 2004, and currently chairs the brass department there.

            Scranton Brass Orchestra members and instruments played are as follows: Eb Trumpet/Cornet: Joseph Boga and Mark Gould; Bb Trumpet/Cornet: Carl Achhammer, Joseph Boga, John Carey, Joe Devizia, Jeff Leas, Jesse Morvan, Chris Newman, Jonathan Searfoss, Matt Thomas, Matt Wren, Mike Yevich and Gould; Flugelhorn: Leas and Gould; Horns: Earl Cottrell, Megan Wilski-Schneider and Tatiana Stola; Trombone: Jerome Campbell, Rick Chamberlain, Ilan Raschkovsky and Geoff Speicher; Baritone/Euphonium: Ryan Berry, Wayne Smith, Chris Wilski and Cheryl Boga; Tuba: Steve Lakawicz, Ryan Lamoreux and Speicher; Percussion: Janelle Decker, Dante Marmo, Frank Torquato and Cheryl Boga.

            For additional information, call 941-7624.

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