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Temecula Valley Symphony will give the brass a chance to shine on Saturday

By in Press Enterprise on February 8, 2018

By Sherli Leonard

Temecula Valley Symphony promises to offer plenty of brass and sass during a Saturday concert titled “Bold & Brassy … Sweet & Sassy” at the Golden Bears Theater on the Temecula Valley High School campus.

The program presents music by Copland, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Poulenc, Mozart and Alfred Reed, a 20th-century composer best known for concert band music.

“I selected the pieces on this program so they would feature individuals, or specific sections,” said Alana Joos, the symphony’s managing and artistic director. “The Copland and Reed pieces feature the brass and percussion only, the Vaughan Williams piece provides our concertmaster, Zun-Hin Woo, with a solo spot, and ‘Carmen Fantasy’ features our principal flute, Kate Prestia Schaub.”

The concert will open with Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” a 1942 work by the American composer inspired by Vice President Henry A. Wallace, who proclaimed the “dawning of the century of the common man,” according to Wikipedia. The Reed work, written originally for brass band, was rearranged for an entire orchestra.

“Reed was an American neoclassical composer who published more than 200 works for concert band,” Joos said. “This work was originally a trombone quartet, then a brass choir, then a full concert band piece, and finally a full orchestra piece. It will be a showcase for our wonderful brass section.”

Schaub will be soloist on the work “Fantasie Brillante” on Themes from Bizet’s “Carmen” by François Borne, and also the Sextet for Piano and Woodwind Quintet by Poulenc.

Schaub serves on the Idyllwild Arts Academy’s adjunct faculty as a chamber and orchestral ensemble coach for all woodwinds, teaches at her own private studio, and is a Powell Flutes “Master Teacher.” Winner of many prestigious competitions, she also performs with Ekatra and the West Coast Wind Quintet.

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