The Searl Pickett Chamber Music Series presents the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, chamber ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. The 7:30 p.m. performance will take place at the Church of Our Saviour, 363 S. Main St., Fond du Lac on Friday, Feb. 1.
Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $15 for adults. Students are admitted free of charge.
The Wisconsin Brass Quintet has presented concerts and master classes throughout the U.S., including performances at Carnegie Hall, international brass conferences, and major universities and conservatories. Their performances and recordings have been acclaimed by nationally recognized musicians and critics. Barry Kilpatrick writes for the American Record Guide, "I've reviewed over 250 brass recordings in the past five years, and this is one of the very best. The WBQ is a remarkable ensemble that plays with more reckless abandon, warmth, stylistic variety, and interpretive interest than almost any quintet in memory." Lending their artistry to the quintet are John Aley and Jessica Jensen, trumpet; Daniel Grabois, horn; Mark Hetzler, trombone; and John Stevens, tuba.
Now in its 17th season, the Searl Pickett Chamber Music Series was organized especially for the greater Fond du Lac community and features some of the best chamber ensembles based in Wisconsin and the Midwest. The Series was founded by Fond du Lac native Kay Gainacopulos as a tribute to, and in memory of one of Wisconsin's finest band directors and teachers, Searl Pickett. Many of this area's music teachers, musicians and band directors studied with Mr. Pickett, and his influence on the Fond du Lac area music community continues to this day.
Arrangements for this event were made through the UW-Madison Arts Outreach Program, a component of the UW-Madison Arts Institute. For more information about the artists-in-residence, contact (608) 890-3794; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pickett Series season will conclude on March 1 with the Balance Duo, featuring Marty Erickson of Lawrence University on tuba; and Dr. Allison Shaw, UW- Oshkosh on percussion.