Trombonists steal music for concert

Published: Thu 29 Sep 2016 09:38 AM
Trombonists steal music for concert
It isn’t always easy being a trombone octet, no matter how wonderful you sound. Sometimes you have to resort to some desperate measures – which might include a bit of theft. It hasn’t always been apparent to the world’s great composers how fantastic eight trombones sound so there isn’t quite enough music out there for the Auckland-based trombone octet, Aucktet. There are some well-known works that will feature in their concert in October, but they won’t be how you have heard them before - the stunning Second Movement from Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and Tuba Mirum from Mozart’s Requiem are two of the works that have been transformed from their original form into trombone octets. There will also be works originally written for trombone ensemble by some more ‘enlightened’ composers. The group features experienced players from a range of backgrounds, from orchestral and brass band to jazz, so they have all the skills needed for a concert that features a range of music, from classical to blues and tango. Hopefully there is more new music being created for trombone ensemble but this concert is a great chance to hear some familiar music in a slightly different light and some of the brilliant repertoire already written for brass.
Featuring Aucktet members Doug Cross, Mark Close, Tim Sutton, Ben Zilber, Grant Sinclair, John Gluyas and guest performer Lai Tak Chun, principal tuba of Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
The concert repertoire includes arrangements for trombone: Fanfare for St. Edmunsbury by Britten; Tuba Mirum from Mozart’s Requiem; O Sacrum Convivium by Messiaen; the Second Movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony; and works for brass groups: Reciprocity for trombone and tuba duo; Bolos for trombone quartet; Hymn to a Blue Hour for trombone ensemble; and tango melody, El Choclo.
Concert: 7.30pm Sunday 16 October, St Luke’s Church, 130 Remuera Rd
Book online at - $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets available at the concert - cash only - $25 for adults and $15 for students.

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