The winter quarter Brass Ensemble performed a short program that featured music student’s final exams.
The show opened with John William’s “Olympic Fanfare and Theme.”
“Fanfares typically open concerts,” Cal Poly Pomona professor Lori Stuntz said. “You want to start with a big piece and end with a fancy piece in order to capture the audience’s attention and keep them invested.”
Dr. Stuntz teaches the Brass Ensemble class and also instructs music students throughout the quarter.
The performance was held during U-hour last Thursday in the Music Recital Hall.
Musicians were dressed in all black, contrasting with the white background and shiny brass instruments.
The Music Recital filled up quickly and was nearly full of people by the time the Brass Ensemble came on stage.
“I’m in a music class and I came because it was free and U-Hour was a convenient time,” first-year gender, ethnicity and multicultural studies student Seok Jun Oh said.
Instruments featured included a trumpet, trombone, tuba and a bass trombone.
After the 12 Brass Ensemble musicians opening performance, the trumpet quartet took the stage.
One of the music pieces chosen for the winter quarter concert was Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer.”
The trombone quartet later took the stage, which consisted of three trombone players and a bass trombone player.
Professor Stuntz also joined her students and performed using her trombone.
The quartet performed three songs, one of which was a jazzy tune that was not listed on the program.
Trumpet player Eddy Lara conducted the trombone ensemble as they performed their song choices.
“Lara said he took a couple of conducting classes, so we let him at it,” Dr. Stuntz said.
The last song performed by this year’s winter Brass Ensemble was Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” which was originally composed for the piano.
The Brass Ensemble performed two final pieces from the 10-movement work by Mussorgsky.
Mussorgsky composed each of his songs to represent a different painting in an art exhibition.
The movements are titled “The Hut on Fowl’s Legs” and “The Great Gate of Kiev,” which is the most well-known and widely acclaimed pieces of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
If you missed out on this quarter’s brass ensemble, a new set of students will be performing in the spring 2018 quarter also directed by Dr. Stuntz.
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