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Turn Up the Music with Department of Music's Brass Festival

Quick Facts

 The event is free and open to the public.
 The festival will feature masters classes and performances by musical stars such as Daniel Mendelow, Tom Burge and Susan Welty.

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Prepare for a day of musical fun with the Winthrop University Department of Music’s 2013 Brass Festival, set for Saturday, March 2.

Admission is free and anyone is welcome to attend. The day-long event is filled with concerts and master classes from internationally renowned musicians.

It starts at 10 a.m. with a performance by Tom Burge, trombonist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

Other performances include:

Daniel Mendelow, former principal trumpet of the Sydney Symphony, at 1 p.m.
Michael Forbes, tubist and member of the Sotto Voce Tuba Quartet, at 3 p.m.
Susan Welty, associate principal horn of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, at 4:15 p.m.
Patrick Harbison, professor of jazz studies at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, at 7:30 p.m.

All performances, except Harbison’s, will be in Frances May Barnes Recital Hall, located within the Conservatory of Music.

Harbison will perform at The Edge in the DiGiorgio Campus Center.

Each of the performers will lead master classes throughout the day.

“Brass Fest is a really special day in the Department of Music,” said Mark Dulin, professor of music at Winthrop. “It’s a chance for the public and our students alike to hear fantastic artists that are world renowned as well as nationally known.”

In its second year, Brass Fest grew from a successful 2012 trumpet festival.

“We decided to blow it out a little bit more this year and include all brass instruments,” Dulin said. “We’re very excited about it.”

Guests will be able to try out and purchase instruments from vendors, including The Vincent Bach Corporation, Musical Innovations and Thompson Music.

To learn more about the performers and view a schedule for the day, visit the Department of Music’s website at Click the “Brass Festival” link on the right side of the page under “Quick Links.”

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