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Pinnacle Brass at the library Dec. 10

Posted: December 4, 2013 - 6:11pm

Pinnacle Brass will perform holiday music as well as a variety of standards and classical pieces at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Faulkner County Library.

Pinnacle Brass was founded in 2001 as the resident quintet at the University of Central Arkansas. Pinnacle regularly appears throughout Arkansas and the American Mid-South giving concerts and clinics at schools, universities and concert halls. The group also serves the university by performing in official ceremonies and celebrations, and presenting full concerts on campus.

The group has appeared as featured guests with the UCA Wind Ensemble and UCA Symphonic Band, River City Men’s Chorus, Conway Symphony Orchestra, and with Arkansas high school bands. Pinnacle is often called upon to musically support major events in the state, such as the investitures of Arkansas Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Roman Catholic Church and UCA President Thomas Courtway.

The quintet is comprised of the four full-time brass professors at UCA, along with an invited trumpet student who has proven mastery in technique and artistry. The faculty members are Larry Jones, trumpet; Brent Shires, horn; Justin Cook, trombone; and Christian Carichner, tuba. At present, Eric Liu (second trumpet) is serving in his third year with Pinnacle Brass. Eric is a graduate student from Wuhu, China and studies with Prof. Larry Jones.

Pinnacle also has an international reputation, having been invited for a repeat residency at East China Normal University, Shanghai in December 2013. The group has additionally performed with the ECNU Symphony Orchestra and Fujian Symphony Orchestra in China, and on separate tours in Austria and France.

A number of works have been composed specifically for Pinnacle Brass, including works by Paul Dickinson and Troy Helm. Jean-Michel Damase wrote a piece entitled “For Five,” dedicated to Pinnacle Brass, which has been published by Alphonse Leduc.

All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 327-7482 or email Nancy@fcl.org, Facebook and Twitter.

Refreshments will be served.

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