FSU’s Department of Music Presents Baltimore Quintet Anima Brass in Guest Artist Series Concert
Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will present the Baltimore-based quintet Anima Brass in a Guest Artist Series concert on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public. If you can't attend the recital, it will also be livestreamed; click the 'Join Stream' button on this page a few minutes before the recital is scheduled to begin, or anytime during the recital, to view the live performance..
In addition to the concert, Anima Brass will hold a two-hour master class before the concert at 12:30 p.m.
The program includes “Fanfare Ritmico” by Jennifer Higdon, “12 Kleine Stücke” by Ludwig Maurer, “Let Us Pray” by Quinn Mason and the four movements of “Chesapeake” by David Sampson – “Morning in Annapolis – Setting Sail,” “Full and By,” “Bloody Point” and “St. Michaels – Crab Claw.”
“Fanfare Ritmico” is a single-movement orchestral piece by Higdon, an American composer. The work was commissioned by The Women’s Philharmonic as part of The Fanfares Project and premiered in 2000. Higdon conceived it as a celebration of the rhythm and speed of life. The score is a brisk, sharp-edged concoction, full of rhythmic pizzazz and blunt orchestral writing.
Maurer’s “12 Kleine Stücke” (“12 Little Pieces”), written for two cornets, two horns and one bass trombone, was published posthumously in 1881. This is an important work for brass in that it is one of the earliest pieces of brass chamber music.
While the title of the piece is “Let Us Pray,” Mason’s composition is more spiritual than religious in scope and form. It is a tribute to another American composer, David Maslanka (1943-2017), and in this piece Mason quotes Maslanka’s “Symphony No. 4.” Composed in 2019, “Let Us Pray” is a meditation on the influence Maslanka has had on multiple generations of composers.
The album “Chesapeake” began with Sampson’s desire to write for the members of the American Brass Quintet as individuals and to create a recording that would stand on its own as a full recital. “Chesapeake,” the title work, is a tone poem derived from Sampson’s experience of sailing the waters. Joy is present in setting sail in the morning; cruising in a steady wind, the vessel reaches the Bloody Point Bar lighthouse with excitement and caution and at last reaches the port of St. Michaels and a crab feast.
Anima Brass consists of Luke Spence and Wyeth Aleksei on trumpets, Austin Sposato on horn, Nicolas Gonzolez on trombone and Jahi Alexander on bass trombone. As ardent advocates for expanding the brass repertoire, the musicians are dedicated to commissioning and performing newly written works, particularly by historically excluded composers. This winter they will record genre-crossing composer Kali Malone’s new works for brass, which frame historical tuning systems in the context of minimalism.
Anima Brass was selected as the 2016 Aspen Music Festival and School Fellowship Brass Quintet, and in 2017, the musicians were the runners-up for the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition. The group has appeared in concert with the American Brass Quintet in Salida and Aspen, Colo., and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles throughout the mid-Atlantic.
The University is following CDC guidance based on current conditions in the area. Currently, FSU expects masks to be worn indoors when in the presence of others, regardless of vaccination status. Visitors to campus must visit www.frostburg.edu/checkin for symptom monitoring.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Saturday, November 6 at 3:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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