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Wonder Women of Brass with Velvet Brown

Sunday, April 24, 2022

3:00 PM

Moody Performance Hall

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Lone Star Wind Orchestra presents

The Lone Star Wind Orchestra welcomes an all-female guest artist lineup for a concert titled “Wonder Women of Brass.” The guest artist roster includes Raquel Samayoa, trumpet; Stacie Mickens, horn; Natalie Mannix, trombone; and Melissa Ewing, euphonium. The featured guest artist for the afternoon concert is tuba soloist Velvet Brown giving the world premiere of a new tuba concerto. Music Director Eugene Migliaro Corporon and the LSWO performs music by Dorothy Gates, Bruce Broughton and Pablo Sarasate, along with world-renowned composition Blue Cathedral by Jennifer Higdon.

About the featured guest artist:

Velvet Brown, Distinguished Professor of Music at the Pennsylvania State University, enjoys a career as professor, international soloist, chamber ensemble performer, recording artist, conductor, and orchestral player. Brown was honored to be principal tuba with the Hope and Harmony Ensemble which recorded a video of fanfares for the 2021 Presidential Inauguration conducted by Marin Alsop. She has served as principal tuba with the River City Brass band, guest principal with the Lahti Philharmonic in Finland and as substitute or additional tubist with the Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, San Francisco Women’s Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She is the co-founder of MOJATUBA: Tuba and Dance Fusion Project, and is in her 15th year as lead tuba with Howard Johnson’s “Gravity” Tuba Jazz Ensemble. Velvet Brown has released four solo CDs, and has collaborated on several other recordings, such as Stiletto Brass Quintet featuring Doc Severinsen, trumpet and a solo tuba jazz recording with the Cleveland Jazz Ensemble, Paul Ferguson, director.