Brass Quintet Features Talented Friends’ University Faculty

News Date: 
Tue. 11/08/2011

Friends University’s faculty members will showcase their diverse musical talents in the Faculty Brass Quintet Concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.

The concert will be comprised of four brass instrument professors: Dr. Gary Leopold on trumpet, Denise Kintzel on horn, Steve Slater on trombone and Dr. John Taylor on tuba. Also performing will be trumpeter Dana Hamant, who is the band director at Wichita East High School and trumpeter in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Taylor said the Quintet will perform two major works for brass quintet on the program, including the “Brass Quintet” by composer Paul Holmes, and “Edwardiana” by Alan Gout. There will be several other shorter numbers on the program as well.

“Much of the music for this concert is based on tunes or melodies from other settings,” Dr. Taylor said. “The music for ‘Satirical Dance’ by Dmitri Shostakovich comes from his opera ‘The Bolt.’ The ‘Bride's Solo’ by Aaron Copland comes from this ballet ‘Appalachian Spring.’ ‘All Creatures of Our God and King’ is a hymn setting. The music used in the ‘Edwardiana’ is based on English and American folk tunes.”

Dr. Taylor said the concert will feature a great deal of diversity with everything from a major classical work for brass to recognizable hymn tunes and folk songs.

“The Faculty Brass Quintet at Friends University is a remarkable group of players,” he said. “These are classically trained musicians who work with our students every day and are also noted performers in their own right here in our community.”

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information on this event, please contact the Fine Arts box office at 316-295-5677 or

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