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St. Louis Brass Quintet to perform in Hesston

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HESSTON, KAN. -- Saint Louis Brass Quintet will present the first concert of the 2002-03 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) season at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, in Hesston College's Yost Center.

"We have a lot of fun with the audience," trombonist Melvyn Jernigan told a reporter after a concert last fall. "It starts off really kind of straight and then gets lighter as we go along," said Jernigan, a music educator who performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in addition to his quintet role. A special event for this tour is the work "Animal Ditties" by Anthony Plog, in which brass music is used to accompany humorous poems about animals by Ogden Nash. The program will feature American composers of both Jazz and classical genre. The quintet has commissioned two jazz oriented arrangements--"Dixieland Medley" and the famed "Sweet Georgia Brown"--and will present them at this concert together with the premier tour performance of "Arias by James DeMars. Allen Dean has written many of the arrangements including some songs and music of the Renaissance plus tangos by the Argentinean Astor Piazzolla.

Humorous demonstrations offered by the quintet have served to enhance their reputation as an extraordinary musical group. One such demonstration will focus on the history of the brass instruments all the way from the time of King Tut to the present including the straight trombone and the French horn fashioned from a twelve foot section of garden hose. Since 1964, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet has performed 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 Ray Sasaki from the University of Texas, horn player Thomas Bacon of the Houston Ballet, trombonist Melvyn Jernigan, and tubist Daniel Perantoni of Indiana University.

The 2002-03 HBPA season also includes concerts by Anonymous 4 (3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, Memorial Hall, Bethel College, North Newton), Wichita Chamber Chorale Christmas Program (7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, Yost Center, Hesston College), Kol Simcha (Klezmer music) (7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, Memorial Hall, Bethel College), and Cantus (7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, Yost Center, Hesston College).

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