By Tiffany Edwards, University Relations

Market Street BrassMembers of Market Street Brass include (from left to right): Dr. Jack Masarie, Virginia Keast, Dr. Edward Bach, Dr. Randy Kohlenberg and Dr. Dennis AsKew.

In August, Market Street Brass will journey to China on a two-week musical tour. Before they depart, however, the acclaimed faculty quintet based at UNCG will present their international program to local audiences in two preview concerts.

Comprised of classic and jazz works, the free concerts will be held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church Sunday, July 24, at 7 p.m., and at First Lutheran Church Wednesday, July 27, also at 7 p.m. The quintet will perform in Southern Pines/Pinehurst, Sunday, Aug. 14, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

The Market Street Brass is a faculty ensemble based at the UNCG School of Music. Members include Dr. Edward Bach and Virginia Keast, trumpets; Dr. Jack Masarie, horn; Dr. Randy Kohlenberg, trombone; and Dr. Dennis AsKew, tuba. The ensemble is one of the more unique brass quintets in the United States in that its members are not only artist performers, but also renowned scholars and teachers in their respective areas. The group’s China tour, Aug. 15-29, will include four concerts in three cities – Beijing (Forbidden City Hall and Peking University), Changsha and Zhuzhou.

“Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of preparing for our appearances in China has been the preparation and performance of ‘Suite No.1’ (Fan Shen Dao Qing) by Ye Zheng Kai, a professor at Peking University,” Bach said. “Market Street Brass considers this trip to China as an opportunity to discover more works like ‘Suite No.1.’”

“Suite No. 1” is a folk song suite adapted from northern Shaaxi province. It represents the development of brass ensemble literature and performance in the People’s Republic of China.

While the ensemble looks forward to discovering Chinese works, the quintet will also showcase for international audiences its particular ability to perform all styles of music. The diverse program will be divided between classic and jazz works. The opening of each concert will feature Bach’s “Great Fugue in G Minor,” an overture from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” and Rheinhold’s “Russian Sailor’s Dance.” Jazz works will include Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five,” several Gershwin tunes, and the ballad “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most.”

The August tour marks the quintet’s China debut and will open the Forbidden City Hall’s concert season.

“If Market Street Brass didn’t have the quality CDs we have, I honestly don’t think we could have secured these venues,” Bach said, noting, “It was the jazz CD which the Chinese really liked.”