ABU to host ‘Brass in the Grass’ concert

PHILIPPI – The Alderson Broaddus University Brass Choir will hold its 16th annual “Brass in the Grass” outdoor concert on April 27, at 3 p.m. under a performance shelter in the center of the ABU campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend and asked to bring a blanket or folding chair for lawn seating.

The 80-member performing ensemble will be comprised of the 2013-14 Brass Choir membership plus ensemble alumni and other former members of the group, high school student guests, and teachers and professional performers from West Virginia and surrounding states. Players this year will come from as far away as Michigan, Alabama and Iowa. Selections will include brass ensemble standards as well as folks songs, jazz tunes, and marches in both small and large ensembles, satisfying every musical taste.

Special guest artist for this year’s event is Dr. Robert Lindahl, professor of trombone and jazz studies at Central Michigan University, who will solo during the concert, and also lead several jazz selections.

Lindahl will also present a free master class for trombonists and any other brass enthusiasts on April 26 at 10:30 a.m. in Wilcox Chapel. His appearance is made possible in part by a grant from Conn-Selmer, Inc. The local Conn-Selmer dealer is Bandland, of Clarksburg.

The AB Brass Choir, under the direction of Dr. Timothy DeWitt, professor of music, is just one of many excellent instrumental and vocal ensembles of ABU’s School of Music. For more information on the University’s music program, visit the official site on the web at www.ab.edu/performing arts/music.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in Wilcox Chapel.