Centenary Brass Ensemble performs April 18

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary Brass Ensemble will perform its spring concert on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium at Centenary’s Hurley School of Music. The concert is free and open to the public.

“We have a group of about 12 players and have basically added parts to a group of pieces for brass sextet - two trumpets, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba – doubling parts with clarinets and saxophones,” says ensemble director Thomas Hundemer. “This semester I’ve arranged a couple of Giuseppe Verdi numbers from his opera Don Carlo and will do more from this opera next semester with some of our excellent singers.”

In addition to the Verdi, the concert features a varied program of classical, contemporary, and jazz selections, including bossa nova master Carlos Jobim’s “Girl from Ipanema,” sung by student Victoria Sundin in the original Portuguese. Student David Westbrook will perform on both piano and on his classic early Moog synthesizer in “Green Onions,” originally by Booker T and the MG’s. Music from the Renaissance through the 20th century will round out the program, some of which the ensemble performed at the inauguration of Centenary’s 31st president, Dr. Christopher L. Holoman, on Friday, March 17.

The Centenary Brass Ensemble presents concerts in the fall and spring and plays for special events at the College. Hundemer is conducting the group for the first time this spring, assisted by Centenary faculty colleagues Michael Scarlato and Terry Hopkins. The group also includes Bill Conrad, Mark Hollingsworth, and students Julian Riojas, Lucas Lawrence, Marie Kadesky, Matthew Nunn, Ashley Brown, Matthew Phillips, and Tristan Bennett.

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