The Milwaukee Festival Brass will perform music of "the other down under" when they present Impressions of New Zealand. The concert is on Saturday afternoon April 29 at 3:30 PM in the chapel at Concordia University of Wisconsin in Mequon. The program will evoke the many varied landscapes and cultural traditions of this distant island nation.
The concert will open with Gareth Wood’s majestic Hinemoa: a celebration of the Maori origins of New Zealand. Several of the band’s members will be featured as soloists. Soprano cornetist David Magoon and flugelhorn Andy Brinza will perform selections based on folk songs from New Zealand. The landscapes of New Zealand inspired Peter Jackson to film his Lord of the Rings trilogy there, and the band will present a selection of music from the film score.
The concert also provides an opportunity to salute the achievements of bass trombonist Kelly Eshbaugh, who is completing her masters degree in trombone performance at UW-Milwaukee. The band will feature Kelly in a complete performance of Chris Brubeck Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra, adapted for the brass band.
Tickets are available at the Concordia University box office. And the MFB web site has more information.