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Fowler Center Series presents Synergy Brass Quintet in concert Feb. 11

Jan. 18, 2010 -- The Fowler Center Series presents its sixth event of the 2009-10 season in Riceland Hall on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m., when the Synergy Brass Quintet performs. Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, is located at 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.

Acclaimed for a veritable fireworks display of outstanding musical ability and superb showmanship, the Synergy Brass Quintet has emerged as one of the world’s most exciting ensembles. Their engagements have taken them to every corner of the United States, including Illinois’ Ravinia Music Festival, Pennsylvania’s Bethlehem Musikfest, and Massachusetts’ Tanglewood Music Festival. Internationally, the quintet has appeared at the Festival de Musica de Camara de Aguascalientes.

Synergy Brass personnel are, from left, Jon Hurrell, French horn; Greg Lloyd, second trumpet; Bobby Thorp, first trumpet; Jordan Witt, trombone; and Jesse Chavez, tuba.

After hearing the ensemble at Tanglewood in 2003, Samuel Adler invited the Synergy Brass Quintet to perform on the premiere recording of his “Transfiguration: An Ecumenical Mass.” Synergy Brass is frequently heard on National Public Radio. The ensemble also did an NBC broadcast in 2005 with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

At Fowler Center, Synergy Brass Quintet will perform
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Procession of the Nobles;" Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "A Little Bit of Night Music;" Pablo de Sarasate's "Dance Boheme" from Georges Bizet's "Carmen;" Mozart's "Concerto for Horn, K. 417;" Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee;" and W. C. Handy's "Memphis Blues." After a brief intermission, the quintet will perform "In Remembrance of the Civil War," and Gustav Holst's "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity," from Holst's "The Planets," and Spencer Williams' "Basin Street Blues."

Synergy Brass Quintet performs more concerts than anyone in classical music today, averaging nearly 300 engagements per year. In addition to Synergy's rigorous performance schedule, the ensemble dedicates an enormous amount of time to the education of tomorrow's musicians and music-lovers. They have presented various programs at more than 500 public schools from coast to coast. Synergy teaches the various genres of music and composer backgrounds as part of their educational programming, which aims to make music accessible to all children. Synergy Brass Quintet further educates musicians by presenting master classes and events at colleges and conservatories including The Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School, Rice University, University of North Texas, Northwestern University, the San Francisco Conservatory, Arizona State University, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Eastman School of Music, and more.

Synergy Brass Quintet’s personnel are Jon Hurrell, French horn; Bobby Thorp, first trumpet; Greg Lloyd, second trumpet; Jordan Witt, trombone; and Jesse Chavez, tuba. Visit Synergy Brass Quintet online at to hear samples of musical performances and to view videos of performances and classes.

Ticket prices are $30 and $20 for adults; $24 and $16 for ASU faculty and staff; $23 and $15 for senior adults and K-12 students; and $10 and $6 for ASU students. Tickets for all Fowler Center Series events may be purchased by calling 870-972-2781 or 1-888-278-3267, or online at On performance evenings, the box office in Fowler Center opens one hour prior to the event.

Visit for additional information, or call Fowler Center at (870) 972-3471.

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