Potsdam Brass Quintet recital of Renaissance and Baroque Oct. 28
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 5:15 pm

POTSDAM -- The Potsdam Brass Quintet will present a recital of music of the Renaissance and Baroque on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Potsdam.

The concert will feature the music of Bach, Handel, Albinoni, Pachelbel, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Walond, and deWert.

The program includes a variety of early musical genres including madrigals, canzonas, sonatas, voluntaries, passacaglias, and fugues. Much of the programmed repertoire was originally written for and intended to be performed in churches and cathedrals in Western Europe between 1550 and 1750, making St. Mary’s an appropriate musical setting for this recital, both aesthetically and acoustically.

Selections include Bach’s “My Spirit Be Joyful” from Cantata 146, Handel’s “La Réjouissance” from Music for the Royal Fireworks, four works from Monteverdi’s 1603 Quarto Libro del Madrigali, and the Jubilate Deo from Gabrieli’s Sacrae Symphoniae. In 2008, the Potsdam Brass Quintet performed the Jubilate Deo with the Canadian Brass. For this recital, the ensemble will be assisted by the Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet performing not only the Jubilate Deo but also C. T. Pachelbel’s Magnificat.

Now in its 44th year, the Potsdam Brass Quintet is one of the oldest continuously functioning brass quintets in the United States. As the brass quintet-in-residence at The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, its current members are John Ellis and James Madeja, trumpet; Kelly Drifmeyer, horn; Mark Hartman, trombone; and Charles Guy, tuba.

The Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet is Brianne Borden and Thomas Giosa, trumpet; Marian Hotopp, horn; Shaun Cagney, trombone; and Richard Cluxton, tuba.

The recital is open to the public and is free of charge.