Brigham Young University’s annual OcTUBAfest will take place Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 21-24, in the Madsen Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. with unique nightly performances. All concerts are free.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, will feature a concert by BYU’s Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, which consists of the euphonium, bass tuba and contra tuba sections. The performance will showcase a number of ensemble pieces and tuba solos, including the Concerto for Tuba performed by David King, “Air and Bouree” performed by Jordan Frustaci and “Grandfather’s Clock” performed by David Larsen.
On Thursday, Oct. 22, BYU professor Steve Call will perform pieces on the tuba, helicon, euphonium and double bell euphonium. Some of his numbers will include “O Isis and Osiris” by Mozart, “Grand Russian Fantasia” by Jules Levy and a number of jazz selections. Call will be assisted by Robin Hancock on piano and piccolo and Bob Bailey on piano.
Friday, Oct. 23, will showcase the Utah Premiere Brass in concert. Under the direction of Alan Boyer, Utah Premiere Brass will present a number of popular brass pieces, including “Fanfare and Flourishes” by James Curnow, “Inside the Sacred Temple” by George Bizet and “Arioso” by J.S. Bach.
Utah Premiere Brass was formed in 2000 to revive a musical genre that was once very popular in the state of Utah. Utah Premiere Brass is the only known British brass band in the state. However, at the turn of the 20th century, more than 100 brass bands performed around the state. Consisting of 30 musicians, the group attracts professional players from throughout the state of Utah and beyond.
On Saturday, Oct. 24, OcTUBAfest will culminate in a “Grand OcTUBAfest Finale” featuring the BYU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. They will be joined by the Honors Brass Quintet who will be performing “Four Outings for Five Brass” by Andre Previn. Other pieces for the night will include the Fugue in G minor by J.S. Bach, “Dances” by John Stevens and “Tower Music” by John Palidin. There will also be a number of jazz selections.
For more information, contact Steve Call at (801) 422-6116.
Writer: Brandon Garrett