Princeton Symphony Presents Orchestra Chamber Concert JERRY BRYANT AND FRIENDS, 3/12

On Sunday, March 12 at 4:30 pm, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) presents PSO principal trumpet Jerry Bryant & Friends, the fourth and final concert on the orchestra's 2016-17 Chamber Series at the Institute for Advanced Study. The brass quintet performs works by J.S. Bach, Duke Ellington, Edward T. Cone, and Zhou Tian, featured composer on the PSO's May Metamorphosis concert.

Mr. Bryant is based in New York City and is a member of the New York City Opera and Hartford Symphony Orchestras. He is principal trumpet of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and Glimmerglass Opera Festival, for which he also serves as orchestra manager. Performing with Mr. Bryant are Donald Batchelder, trumpet; R.J. Kelley, horn; Thomas Hutchinson, trombone; and Andrew Bove, tuba. Among the ensemble are principal musicians of the New York City Opera and Juilliard faculty members.

The concert program features J.S. Bach's Contrapunctus IX from The Art of Fugue and the Rondo from W.A. Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 2. Russian composer Victor Ewald's Brass Quintet No. 1 injects Romantic sentiment. Edward T. Cone, a longtime supporter of both the PSO and the Institute of Advanced Study, composed his Variations on a Fan-Fair for two trumpets, horn, and trombone in 1965. The work precisely captures Cone's witty, conversational musical style. Zhou Tian's Night-Shining White, for brass quintet, takes inspiration from a Chinese painting of a horse with the same name. Painted during the Tang Dynasty, the piece now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tian's composition reflects his continuous efforts to create a mosaic of his Chinese and American cultural influences. The quintet will also perform Duke Ellington's sumptuous ballad Almost Cried, and Selections from West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein's beloved and vibrant portrait of urban life in America.

Composer Zhou Tian's music has been heard repeatedly at prestigious venues around the world such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ecoles d'Art Américaines de Fontainebleau (France), Mozarteum Brasileiro (Brazil), and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The PSO performs the US Premiere of his Broken Ink this May.

The PSO's Chamber Series is offered in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study. Concerts take place at the Institute's Wolfensohn Hall and are free, with ticketed reservations available to the public three weeks prior to each concert.

PLEASE NOTE: The Jerry Bryant & Friends concert is nearing capacity. There is a runout concert available at Monroe Public Library onMonday, March 13 at 1 pm.

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