Porterville - The Porterville College Music Department would like to invite the public out to a special, FREE concert featuring the Symphony Brass Quintet at 7 p.m. July 20 in room CA-2 at Porterville College.
The Symphony Brass Quintet was started in 2006 by Eric Farrenkopf and Norm Campbell as a way to bring chamber music as interpreted by brass instruments to Tulare County and its surrounding area. While the quintet has featured a wide number of valley musicians, the core members are all members of the Tulare County Symphony Orchestra and the Tule British Brass Band of Tulare. The concert is part of a free summer music series being offered at PC.
"PC hosts a number of performances each semester and during the summer for three reasons: we provide performances for our music students to attend for class credit, we give these performances to the community as a cultural opportunity and we give the performers an opportunity to do what they love to do...play music,” said David Hensley, Professor of Music at the college. He quickly added, "Whenever we take-up a free-will donation at one of our performances, this is to support the musicians, not the music department."
These players have delighted audiences for the past several years, playing a combination of new and standard selections arranged for brass instruments. The Quintet has provided music for a wide variety of events including: weddings, dinner parties, retirements, memorials, Music on Main Street-Visalia, 1st Arts Visalia and other chamber music concerts.
"It is very unusual to find the top players in the brass section of any orchestra who also play well together as a quintet and who enjoy playing recitals in their free time (summer),” Hensley said. “We sure are lucky to have these folks come and play for us. Not only is their music unique and interesting, it's always a lot of fun to hear their banter and to see them play so well together."
Parking restrictions are waived for the event. Admission is free, but a good-will offering will be accepted at the event. Porterville College is located at 100 East College Avenue in Porterville. For additional information, please call the PC music office at 559-791-2255.