Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet to present two recitals in March

The quintet will perform in Asheville on Sunday, March 7, and in Cullowhee on Tuesday, March 9.

The quintet will perform in Asheville on Sunday, March 7, and in Cullowhee on Tuesday, March 9.

The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will be performing two recitals in Western North Carolina in early March.

The SMBQ, the quintet-in-residence at Western Carolina University, will perform at Central United Methodist Church in Asheville at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7.  The program will be repeated in the Coulter Building music recital hall at WCU at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.

The group will be joined for the performances by guest musician Mario Gaetano, a WCU music faculty member.

The program will include works by Giambattista Martini, J.S. Bach, John Cheetham and W.C. Handy, as well as three Chinese folk songs arranged by the SMBQ and three ragtime numbers by Joe Green, arranged by Gaetano for solo xylophone and brass quintet.

Gaetano has chosen three works from the “golden age of the xylophone,” and arranged them especially for the performance with the SMBQ. The xylophone he will be playing is a rare vintage xylophone manufactured in Chicago in 1915, and may have been used on many recordings from the era.

Since its founding in 1993, the SMBQ has performed throughout the United States in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as internationally with tours of Russia, England, Scotland and Wales. The quintet performs a wide variety of music ranging from early Renaissance to pop.

For more information, visit www.smbq.org or call 828-227-3274.