Recital features WCU professor performing music specially composed by WCU colleague

Bradley Ulrich (left) and Bruce Frazier

Bradley Ulrich (left) and Bruce Frazier

Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present a recital featuring Bradley Ulrich, professor of trumpet, performing music written for him by fellow faculty member Bruce Frazier at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The performance will be held in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. It is free and open to the public.

Ulrich will be accompanied by Lillian Buss-Pearson on piano, Caroline Ulrich on flute, Amy Gilreath of Illinois State University and Larry Black on trumpet, along with members of the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet and WCU Trumpet Ensemble.

“Bruce Frazier is an amazing person and colleague, and I am honored to have had him write these many pieces for me, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet and the WCU Trumpet Ensemble,” said Ulrich. “Bruce has a beautiful melodic style that translates very well to the trumpet and flugelhorn, but he is also willing to experiment with tonal colors, unusual instrument combinations and contemporary electronic sounds.”

The recital will feature “Blue Ridge Suite,” a four-movement composition for solo trumpet and brass quintet, visually accompanied by a slideshow of scenes from Southern Appalachia. “Blue Ridge Suite” was premiered at the Moscow Conservatory by Ulrich, along with HoodleBug Brass Quintet of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

For more information, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.