The Scranton Brass Orchestra will present a performance on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center at The University of Scranton. Admission is free, and the performance is open to the public.
The ensemble, sponsored and presented by The University of Scranton and under the direction of Cheryl Y. Boga and Mark Gould, is comprised of 27 professional brass and percussion players from the region.
The performance's guest soloist is trumpeter Brian McWhorter, associate professor of trumpet at The University of Oregon, who will performe arrangements of Herbert L. Clarke classics “Maid of The Mist” and “The Debutante." Hailed as a "terrific trumpeter" by The New York Times, McWhorter has been a featured soloist in a wide variety of styles of programming at respected venues throughout the world. He has worked extensively with brass chamber groups including the Oregon Brass Quintet, Extension Ensemble, Manhattan Brass Quintet and the American Brass Quintet. As a member of the brass and percussion sextet Meridian Arts Ensemble from 2001-2010, McWhorter performed, commissioned and recorded some of the most demanding and progressive music ever written for brass. Meridian’s album "Timbrando" – a collection of Latin American contemporary works – was recently featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.
The program also includes works from the operatic, theatrical and jazz repertoires.
The ensemble includes the following musicians:
Eb Trumpet/Cornet: Joseph Boga, Mark Gould
Bb Trumpets/Cornets: Carl Achhammer, Joseph Boga, John Carey, Joe Devizia, Jeff Leas, Jesse Morvan, Chris Newman, Jonathan Searfoss, Matt Thomas, Matt Wren, Mike Yevich, Mark Gould
Flugelhorn: Jeff Leas, Mark Gould
Horns: Earl Cottrell, Megan Wilski-Schneider, Tatiana Stola
Trombones: Jerome Campbell, Rick Chamberlain, Ilan Raschkovsky, Geoff Speicher
Baritone/Euphonium: Ryan Berry, Wayne Smith, Chris Wilski, Cheryl Boga
Tuba: Steve Lakawicz, Ryan Lamoreux, Geoff Speicher
Percussion: Janelle Decker, Dante Marmo, Frank Torquato, Cheryl Boga