The Infinity Brass Quintet, a faculty ensemble from the Department of Music and Dance, will perform Oskar Boehme’s “Sextet” on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 12:20 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall.
Boehme (1870-1938) was principal trumpet of the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia from 1903-21 and knew how to compose music that would show the trumpet at its best. Written in the grand Russian romantic style and one of the earliest pieces of brass chamber music, the “Sextet” is a lush tonal work with virtuosic displays from all of the instruments of the ensemble. Two master’s degree students, Matt Misener, whose level of advancement has made him a member of the quintet, and Matt Repucci, will participate in the performance.
“Fanfare & Meditation,” a piece written for Infinity Brass by composer Dan Cooper, will also be on the program. The work had its premiere on Oct. 9 when Infinity Brass joined celebrities such as Mike Wallace, Jane Fonda, David Strathairn and Marisa Tomei in Lenox for the celebration of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s bicentennial by the classical theatre company, Shakespeare & Company. According to the composer, the electronic component of the piece “…was composed from sounds I recorded both in Salem, at the House of Seven Gables and Hawthorne’s birthplace, and in Concord at the Old Manse. These include sounds of the grandfather clock that Hawthorne himself described as ''the sound of the house,'' as well as wind, water, creaky frames, and even tourists’ murmurings.”
The concert is free and open to the public.