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Saint Louis Brass to perform Oct. 7 at Musical Arts Series


The Saint Louis Brass will perform in Durant on Oct. 7 as part of the Musical Arts Series.

The Saint Louis Brass will perform in Durant on Oct. 7 as part of the Musical Arts Series.

DURANT, Okla. – For an evening of fun with brass, come see, hear, and enjoy the Saint Louis Brass as they open the 45th season for the Musical Arts Series at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Due to renovations in the Fine Arts Building, this concert will be held at First Christian Church, located at 301 North 3rd Avenue in Durant, on Sunday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Although the members of the Saint Louis Brass look formal when they perform, audiences are pleasantly surprised at the relaxed and informal atmosphere they create.  With extraordinary grace, the ensemble transforms the stuffiness associated with classical chamber music, combining professionalism and showmanship to produce a thoroughly enjoyable musical experience.

The Saint Louis Brass will perform a great variety of selections featuring music from their CD “Pops Music of the Americas” and from several other CDs. Especially for this tour, they will present movements from three of their many commissions over the years.

Also new for this tour is Anthony Plog’s “Animal Ditties” with music behind the clever Ogden Nash poems.   On the lighter side is a new jazz medley – “Tribute to Pops”: hits of Louis Armstrong, plus everybody’s favorite “St Louis Blues.” New to the Quintet is the hard driving tango,  “Libertango” by the noted Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.

Since 1964, the Saint Louis Brass has been performing throughout the country and continues to thrive as a top-notch ensemble. Members of the group include trumpet players Allan Dean, from Yale University and Miki Sasak,i from New York City;  Victoria Knudtson, who  just recently graduated from Indiana University; Melvyn Jernigan, formerly with the Saint Louis Symphony, who plays trombone; and the tubist is Indiana University’s Daniel Perantoni.