HERMISTON - If the reviews of Boston Brass' past performances are any indication, Hermiston area concert-goers are in for a dazzling and hilarious evening beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hermiston High School Fine Arts Center.

The brass quintet of two trumpets, trombone, French horn and tuba, plus the occasional flugelhorn for variety, rank at the top of the several traveling brass quintets.

The Boston Brass will perform classical works by Shostakovich, Ginastera, Khatchaturian, Dvorak and Liszt, and a second half of lighter fare, like "The Chicken" (featuring the tuba), "Laura," "I Remember Clifford" (this is where the flugelhorn comes in), and Duke Ellington's "Caravan."

Based in the Northeast, the five brash brass players appear in more than 120 concerts annually.

Deliberate clowning and lively repartee make for an evening of boisterous fun. Some audiences are even treated to a sampling of their vocal talents.

Founding member Jeff Connor received his master's degree in music from Boston University and his bachelor's degree from Boston Conservatory. He has been a soloist with the Boston College Symphony and the Salem Philharmonic. He has performed with the New England Philharmonic, Harvard-Radcliffe Chamber Orchestra, Pierre Monteux Orchestra and others.

J.D. Shaw received his master's degree in music performance at the Eastman School of Music and was honored with a Performers Certificate. He has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Missouri Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ed Clough studied music performance at Boston University and at Onondaga Community College at Syracuse.

Ed Kelley attended Julliard School of Music, performing frequently in New York City and abroad. He has performed with several Broadway shows, such as "Les Miserables," "Crazy for You" and "Cats." He has also performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Pops and the American Theater Orchestra.

Andrew Hitz, the newest member of Boston Brass received his bachelor's degree in tuba performance at Northwestern University. His commitment to chamber music began as a student of the Empire Brass Seminar at Tanglewood. He has performed at the National Orchestral Institute and with the National Repertory Orchestra.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance from the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce.

The Boston Brass concert is presented by the Hermiston Desert Arts Council.


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