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PSU hosts annual Trumpet Festival

September 29, 2011 12:00AM

From students and scholars to internationally renowned professionals, an annual festival at Pittsburg State University brings diverse people together around one simple thing - a love of trumpets.

The PSU Midwest Trumpet Festival is set for Oct. 9-10. The festival is under the direction of Dr. Todd Hastings, a member of the faculty in the PSU Department of Music and himself an acclaimed trumpet performer and clinician.

Hastings said the goal of the festival is to gather performers, educators, students and members of the community for an intensive time of classes, recitals and concerts. This year, the festival features international trumpet soloist Vince DiMartino; Joe Alessi, principal trombone for the New York Philharmonic; and the Third Street Brass.

Hastings said the festival was fortunate to have guest artists of the stature of DiMartino, Alessi and the Third Street Brass.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, DiMartino has taught trumpet at the university level since 1972. He is currently a distinguished artist in residence at Centre College in Danville, Ky. As a jazz artist, DiMartino has served as lead and solo trumpet in the Lionel Hampton Band, the Chuck Mangione Band and others. He has also been a soloist with many symphony orchestras, the Army Blues Band, the Army Brass Band and was the first civilian to perform with the United States Marine Band.

Joe Alessi was appointed principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic in 1985. He was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony while still in high school and continued his musical training at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. Alessi is an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber music performer. He has been a guest soloist with many symphonies, both in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, Alessi is on the faculty of the Juilliard School.

The Third Street Brass was formed in 2009 by four sophomores and one freshman at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Since their founding, the group has performed extensively throughout the middle section of the U.S., from Texas to Chicago and Milwaukee. The group won the Aspen Music Festival brass quintet fellowship this year.

In addition to the guest artists, the festival includes seven guest artist faculty members: Alan Hood, associate professor of trumpet from the University of Denver; Steve Leisring, associate professor of trumpet from the University of Kansas; Dr. Iskander Ahkmadullin, associate professor of trumpet from the University of Missouri; Andrew Cheetham, assistant professor of music from Eastern Illinos University; David Cooper, associate professor of trumpet from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville; Bill Richardson, associate professor of trumpet from Northwest Missouri State University, and Keith Winking, professor of trumpet from Texas State University.

The festival events are all free and open to the public. They include:

Sunday, Oct. 9

1 p.m. - Opening Recital by Third Street Brass Quintet, McCray Recital Hall

5 p.m. - Lecture: "Everything you need to know to produce and market a successful recording," 318 McCray Hall

7:30 p.m. - Evening Recital with Joe Alessie and Vince DiMartino, McCray Recital Hall

Monday, Oct. 10

10 a.m. - College Student Spotlight Recital, McCray Recital Hall

11:30 a.m. - Lecture: Alleviating Performance Anxiety Through the Concept of Repetition, Governor's Room, Overman Student Center

1:30 p.m. - Careers in Music panel discussion, Governor's Room, Overman Student Center

4 p.m. - Lecture: The Teaching Style and Legacy of Ernest S. Williams, Governor's Room, Overman Student Center

7:30 p.m. - Crowder Jazz Orchestra Concert with festival faculty and guest artist Vince DiMartino, McCray Recital Hall

For information about the PSU Midwest Trumpet Festival, call the Department of Music at 620-235-4466.

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