October 20, 2013

Guest Recital: Sotto Voce Tuba Quartet
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: COFAC Recital Hall
Description: Free and open to the public.


Synergy (2013) - Mike Forbes

Take This Hammer (2006) - Steven Snowden

Fantasy Movements (2010) - Anthony Plog
- Adagio - Allegro Vivace
- Allegro
- Slowly
- Very Fast and Manic
- Adagio - Allegro

Benediction (2001) - John Stevens

Harmonious Blacksmith G.F. Handel/Forbes


Four Miniatures (2003) - Mike Forbes
- Salutations
- Toccata
- Lament
- Jubilation

Moondance (1989) - John Stevens

Loch Lomond Traditional - Arr. Forbes

Ars Moriendi Mike Patton/Mcintosh

The Sotto Voce Quartet will perform a concert in the COFAC Recital Hall on the Campus of Western Illinois University on October 20, 2013. The highly acclaimed, internationally recognized Sotto Voce Quartet is America’s premiere professional quartet of its kind. The quartet enthusiastically challenges preconceived notions about what tubas can do by composing, arranging, and commissioning virtuosic new works that highlight the diversity of their ensemble. The free
and open to the public concert will feature original compositions from their forthcoming CD, “Take this Hammer”, as well as challenging transcriptions.

The group’s roster includes Macomb native, Dr. Mark Carlson who performs on euphonium. Dr. Carlson currently lives in Emmitsburg, MD where he directs the instrumental ensembles and teaches courses in music and the humanities at Mount St. Mary’s University.

The ensemble maintains an active international touring schedule throughout the United States, Canada, and
Europe. In 2006, they performed concerts in Germany, California, Alabama (with the Mobile Symphony) and served as the quartet-in-residence at the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference in Denver. They have also
been invited to give a concert and clinic at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Sotto Voce has three recordings on the Summit Records label: Consequences, Viva Voce: The Quartets of John Stevens, and Refractions: Old & New Music for Low Brass.

The artists who make up the quartet have widely diverse careers in music and are regularly in demand as performers, composers, and clinicians. Demondrae Thurman is the Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium at the University of Alabama and maintains a very active solo euphonium career. His solo CD Soliloquies is available on Summit Records. Demondrae also appears regularly with the Atlanta Symphony and Brass Band of Battle Creek. Mark Carlson is an assistant professor of music at Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland where he teaches lectures on topics in music, teaches applied low brass and directs the campuses instrumental ensembles. Nat McIntosh is probably best known as the founder and sousaphonist with the Young
Blood Brass Band with whom he is often touring. Mike Forbes teaches low brass, composition, and theory on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Plattville. He is perhaps best known for his many compositions and arrangements and is a Carl Fischer Band Composer. He has served on a number of music faculties and was a member of the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.” Today, he maintains an active freelance career as a conductor and soloist and his solo CD Forbes Plays Koetsier is available from Summit Records.

This performance is sponsored by the Macomb Band Boosters, WIU School of Music and the Performing Arts Society.

Related Web Site: Sotto Voce Quartet
Contact Information:
 Joanie Herbert
 Phone: 309-298-1843
 Email: JE-Herbert@wiu.edu
Source: School of Music

Western Illinois University
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