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December 18, 2013 Arts and Entertainment

DCWS' Brass in the Hills will Feature a World Premiere by Composition Winner, Timothy Kramer

From: Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings

Southfield, MI - Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings (DCWS) will ring in the New Year with Brass in the Hills, a concert of works for large and small brass ensemble. Timothy Kramer, winner of a composition competition sponsored by DCWS, the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College, and the University of Michigan School of Music, will present the world premiere of his new work "Rituals." Kramer is the Chair of Illinois College's Music Department. A 2:15 p.m. preview titled "In conversation with composer Timothy Kramer" will occur.
 
Kramer is one of three winners from the recent composition competition. Other winners include Lembit Beecher, currently in a three-year residency as composer-in-residence with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Christopher Stark, a recent doctoral graduate from Cornell University. The three winners were commissioned to create one new work. The works will be performed by each of the commissioning partners on a rotating basis for the next three seasons.
 
Brass in the Hills will be an even split between classical works from past composers and contemporary pieces written within the last 100 years. DCWS musicians will start out the evening with 17th century, Italian composer Girolamo Fantini's "Sonata a Due Trombe," a piece scored for two trumpets. Contemporary composers David Sampson and Eric Ewazen will also be heard. Three trombonists will present Ewazen's "Eaglehawk." Ewazen currently serves as a professor of composition at the Juilliard School. Sampson's "Morning Music for Brass Quintet" is a highly personal work and a sequel to his "In Memorian: W.E.S." Both pieces portray the emotional aftermath Sampson experienced following the murder of his brother. While anguish is a strong theme in "Morning Music," strength and hope gradually emerge from the despair.
 
DCWS bassist Craig Rifel and Eastern Michigan University professor of double bass, Derek Weller, will present composer Dave Anderson's "Duets for Double Bass."
 
The concert will conclude with Alvin Etler's "Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Ensemble." Etler, an American composer born in 1913, received a number of major commissions and awards during his lifetime. For his compositional work he received two Guggenheim Fellowships and the Young Composers Award of the American Federation of Music Clubs. His Clarinet Concerto is scored for clarinet, double bass, trumpet, trombone, and percussion.

Date & Time: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3 p.m

Location: Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church
 
Cost: $25 for adults, $22 for seniors (60 and older) and $10 for students.

To purchase tickets, please call (248) 559-2095 or visit the DCWS website at www.detroitchamberwinds.org. Tickets are $5 more at the door. Brass in the Hills is sponsored by the Center for Financial Planning.

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