During Season 12, the celebrated ROCO Brass Quintet (George Chase, trumpet; Jason Adams, trumpet; Gavin Reed, horn; Thomas Hultén, trombone; Jared Lantzy, bass trombone) returns for a series of performances at the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH) on Friday evening “Rush Hour” concerts!
Concerts dates are
Fridays, at 6:30pm, with Happy Half Hour cocktails between 6-6:30
October 14, 2016 “From Russia with Valves” featuring Happy Half Hour cocktail: Moscow Mule
January 27, 2017 “Crossing Over the English Channel” featuring Happy Half Hour cocktail: Sidecar
April 7, 2017 “Music from the Americas” featuring Happy Half Hour cocktail: Caipirinha
Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston
1510 Studemont St
Houston, TX 77007, USA
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Oct. 14, 2016
“From Russia with Valves”
With this first quintet program of the season, the quintet will explore some early chamber music for brass, from composers active in St. Petersburg who were inspired by the string quartet tradition. In addition to being composers, Ramsoe was a violinist and Ewald was a cellist. (Ewald was also a civil engineer!) Böhme moved from Germany to Budapest and finally in 1897 to St. Petersburg. Although much of his music is well known by brass musicians, his Nachtmusik was discovered only recently, and the RBQ is excited to share this gem. The musicians will also perform music composed in a much later period, by Armenian composer Alexander Arutiunian and by Igor Stravinsky.
Join us at 6pm on Oct. 14 @ MATCH and enjoy our Happy Half Hour featured cocktail: Moscow Mule!
Wilhelm Ramsöe, Quartet No. 4
Victor Ewald, Quintet No. 3, Op. 7
Oskar Böhme, Nachtmusik, Op. 44
Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian Scenes
Igor Stravinsky, Fanfare for a New Theater
Jan. 27, 2017
“Crossing over the English Channel”
In their second quintet program, the musicians of the RBQ will perform works of composers from either side of the English Channel (U.K. and France.) Summer Dances by William Mathias is a very lively work in 6 movements. Mathias’ contemporary, Alun Hoddinott, also wrote a very charming work for brass quintet, about 8 years earlier than Mathias, based on Welsh nursery tunes. Patrice Caratini is a French jazz bassist who wrote a wonderful work for quintet, Passages, which crosses over between jazz and classical styles of music.
Join us at 6pm on Jan. 27 @ MATCH and enjoy our Happy Half Hour featured cocktail: Sidecar!
William Mathias, Summer Dances
Alun Hoddinott, Quodlibet on Welsh Nursery Tunes
Patrice Caratini, Passages
April 7, 2017
“Music from the Americas”
In their third and final program, the RBQ presents recent works of composers from North and South America, beginning with a fanfare from Jennifer Higdon. David Sampson’s Chesapeake (written in 2010) is a programmatic work, depicting a series of sailing trips off the coast of Maryland. Osvaldo Lacerda was a Brazilian composer who wove folk music into his very colorful and charming 4 movement work for brass. Finally, the RBQ is thrilled to announce our first commissioned work for brass quintet; our friend, Houston-based musician and composer Paul English, will be writing a piece for the group, and we are very excited to share this new work with our audiences in Houston and The Woodlands.
Join us at 6pm on April 7 @ MATCH and enjoy our Happy Half Hour featured cocktail: Caipirinha!
Jennifer Higdon, Fanfare
David Sampson, Chesapeake
Osvaldo Lacerda, Quinteto Concertante
Paul English, newly commissioned work