Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet to perform Oct. 27

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The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, Western Carolina University’s quintet-in-residence, will perform as part of the Catamount Concert Series at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus.

The free concert will feature works by Gershwin, Ewazen, Gassi, Weiss and Thiele, Stevie Wonder, retired WCU music faculty member Dick Trevarthan, and Robert Kehrberg, dean of the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts.

The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet is recording a CD that will be available in the spring of 2010. Works on the CD were written for the SMBQ by current and past School of Music faculty members Paul Basler, Robert Kehrberg, Bruce Frazier, Mark Connor and Dick Trevarthan, and Western Kentucky University music faculty member Michael Kallstrom.

The quintet also is planning a trip to China in May 2010, a journey that will take the musicians to three WCU partner schools in Guilin, Xi’an and Chongqing. “We will be acting as musical ambassadors for Western Carolina University in an effort to promote international studies abroad,” said P. Bradley Ulrich, WCU professor of music and quintet member.

For more information, call the WCU School of Music at (828) 227-7242 or visit the Web site music.wcu.edu.