Sunday, May 6, 2012

Concert Preview: Milwaukee Festival Brass

The Milwaukee Festival Brass will salute the upcoming Summer Olympics with a concert on Sunday May 20 at 3 PM in the Schwan Concert Hall on the campus of Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Under the direction of D. Mark Taylor, the MFB will music with titles, themes, and locales tied to the London Olympics of 2012.  Among the variety of pieces are 'Brilliante' and  'The Torchbearer'!

Brilliante was written for the Childs Brothers as a duet for euphoniums and later adapted for solo euphonium. It is a new variation on Rule Britannia and has become one of the most widely performed euphonium solos.

The Torchbearer was written as the test piece for the 2009 National Brass Band Championships in Great Britain.  The variations are based upon the first phrase of the trio from Eric Ball’s Salvation Army march, Torchbearers.  Test pieces are always a bear to play but wonderful to listen to.  This piece will certainly test the MFB members.

Tickets are $12 for Adults and $9 for Seniors and Students, and can be purchased at the door.  Be sure to mark your calendar for this one.

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