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Jazz-happy brass band makes stop in Lincolnton

They may look formal in their tuxedos, but the St. Louis Brass Quintet promises to bring showmanship and good times to the James W. Warren Citizens Center Oct. 13.
The quintet is made up of five accomplished musicians. Three of these men work as professors at nationally recognized universities. The other two play music full time — one with the Houston Ballet, the other with the St. Louis Symphony.
The group is coming to Lincolnton on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Lincoln County Concert Association’s 2005-06 line up.
Mary Whisnant, a member of the association, has seen the group firsthand, and heartily encourages others to do the same.
“They’re such exquisite performers technically,” she said. “But they also know the value of entertaining and educating.”
The performance will include a variety of music including the hits of Louis Armstrong, a jazz medley titled, “Tribute to the Pops” and Anthony Plog’s “Aesop’s Fables.”
During the performance, the quintet will bring out the “ancestors of the brass family.” This includes an animal horn, conch shell and the short trumpet found in King Tut’s tomb. The group will also have a straight trombone from the 14th century, which was made before man learned to bend metal into horns.
While the quintet itself does not date back as far as the 14th century, it does have a long history — 40 years to be exact.
Since forming, the quintet has performed 2,500 concerts. They have played concerts in Norway, India, Japan, Mexico and Sweden.
The quintet currently has three 10-day tours a year, and Whisnant is happy Lincoln County is on the schedule.
“Their performance is something pretty spectacular,” she said.
Want to go?
The St. Louis Brass Quintet will be playing Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the James W. Warren Citizens Center located on West Main Street in Lincolnton. For family memberships to the Lincoln County Concert Association and single ticket information call (704) 735-7287 or the Lincoln Cultural Center at (704) 732-9055.
by Sarah Grano

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