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Imani Winds – Program Notes

February 22nd, 2018

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Jeff Scott

Startin Sumthin (note by Jeff Scott)
Born 1967, Queens, NY

Startin Sumthin is a modern take on the genre of Ragtime music.  With an emphasis on ragged! The defining characteristic of Ragtime music is a specific type of syncopation in which melodic accents occur between metrical beats. This results in a melody that seems to be avoiding some metrical beats of the accompaniment by emphasizing notes that either anticipate or follow the beat. The ultimate (and intended) effect on the listener is actually to accentuate the beat, thereby inducing the listener to move to the music. Scott Joplin, the composer/pianist known as the “King of Ragtime”, called the effect “weird and intoxicating.”


Imani Winds – Program

February 22nd, 2018

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Imani Winds
Brown County Civic Music Association
March 3, 2018

Old Made New

Startin Sumthin Jeff Scott (b. 1967)

Scheherazade Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) arr. Jonathan Russell

Contrabajissimo Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) arr. Jeff Scott

— Intermission —

Sechs Bagatellen György Ligeti (1923-2006)

  1. Allegro con spirito
  2. Rubato. Lamentoso
  3. Allegro grazioso
  4. Presto ruvido
  5. Adagio. Mesto
  6. Molto vivace. Capriccioso

The Light is the Same Reena Esmail (b. 1983)
Commissioned by Lied Center of Kansas.
Premiered March 15, 2017 at University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Tzigane Valerie Coleman (b. 1970)

Imani Winds – Biography

February 22nd, 2018

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Julietta Curenton, flute
Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe
Mark Dover, clarinet
Jeff Scott, French horn/composer
Monica Ellis, bassoon

Celebrating 20 Years

Extolled by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “what triumph sounds like”, Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.


Seraph Brass, April 24, is your makeup concert

February 22nd, 2018

Seraph BrassWe’ve landed a super sub for the November cancellation that occurred when East Coast weather grounded Solid Brass. Unable to reschedule, we turned to an exciting young group we had already been eying for next year’s series: the all-female Seraph Brass led by trumpet standout Mary Bowden. They’ll perform for us at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. (Use your tickets for the cancelled show for this one; if you’ve misplaced them, just check in at our Civic Music table in the lobby.)

Remember: April 7 at Ashwaubenon

February 22nd, 2018

Anderson & RoeThere’s something exciting about our third concert beyond the series debut of the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo and the sight of two big, beautiful Steinways side by side, on stage. On April 7, Civic Music will join in celebrating the first season of the new Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center on the campus of Ashwaubenon High School, 2391 S. Ridge Road, with a unique visit to this 750-seat venue. Doors will open an hour before the 7:30 p.m. start, so there’s plenty of time to look around and get situated.

Opera returns, as a summer bonus

February 22nd, 2018

Many years ago, Civic Music regularly featured opera, with visits by such luminaries as the Met’s Roberta Peters and Robert Merrill, before those bookings became cost-prohibitive. We’ll honor that history at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, with a special “Opera at the Garden” event in partnership with Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera at the Green Bay Botanical Garden.  A bonus to our five-show series and free with next year’s membership, it will be the sort of semi-informal summer concert that has been popular in other Midwest cities. More details to come.

Please join us for the post-concert reception

February 22nd, 2018

Please join us for the post-concert reception at Titletown Brewing Co., 200 Dousman St., following the Saturday, March 3, Imani Winds concert at West High School.

A look ahead to next year’s series

February 22nd, 2018

Opening Night for 2018-19 will be Friday, Oct. 12. That’s when Brown County Civic Music will begin its new season with a special Weidner Center organ-recital concert by one of the world’s most dazzling young players, the charismatic Raul Prieto Ramirez, of Barcelona, Spain.  We’ll return to our traditional home, West H.S., in November with a choral concert by the excellent Cantus vocal ensemble. Concerts by the Siberian Virtuosi string ensemble, the classical/jazz crossover combo Janoska, from Vienna, and our customary season finale with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will follow. Watch for more details shortly.

11/18 CONCERT CANCELLED – to be Rescheduled

November 20th, 2017

The Brown County Civic Music Association received word late Friday night (Nov. 13) that the Solid Brass Ensemble could not get flights from New York City to Chicago to Green Bay due to fog and winter weather cancellations. The Saturday night, Nov. 18 concert of Brown County Civic Music, which would have featured the Solid Brass Ensemble at West High School’s Holter Auditorium, has been CANCELLED.

Civic Music is currently investigating possibilities for rescheduling Solid Brass for later in our 2017-18 season. Ticket-holders are asked to keep their tickets so that they may use them for entry into the rescheduled concert. When the new concert date is determined, details for the rescheduled concert will be available here on and will also be sent out in our E-notes newsletter. Sign up for E-notes here.

Solid Brass Ensemble – Biographies

November 6th, 2017

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Founded in 1982, SOLID BRASS is recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of the premier brass groups in the country. The members of the ensemble are some of the New York area’s finest musicians who have performed at Lincoln Center with the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera orchestras, NY City Ballet orchestra, numerous Broadway shows, and a host of appearances as orchestral and chamber musicians in the metropolitan area. SOLID BRASS has recorded on the Musical Heritage Society label, Dorian Recordings, Joseph Grado Signature Recordings and Craig Dory Recordings; and has appeared on NJN (PBS) TV’s “The State of the Arts”. Musical arrangements are being published in the SOLID BRASS SERIES of Art of Sound Music ( SOLID BRASS has been a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has performed in Mexico and Canada.

DOUGLAS D. HAISLIP (principal trumpet) is principal trumpet and co-founder of Solid Brass Ensemble. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lincoln Center Summer Ballet Orchestras, New Jersey Symphony, and the Colonial Symphony

CHARLES BUMCROT (trumpet) has appeared as soloist and guest artist with the New England Chamber Symphony. He performs with numerous New York orchestras including the Little Orchestra Society and the New York Choral Society. He teaches trumpet at Kean University and Montclair State University.

JASON BITONTI (trumpet) studied at New England Conservatory and Indiana University (Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance); principal trumpet, New Philharmonic of New Jersey and many other performance credits including Solid Brass Ensemble.

MICHAEL BLUTMAN (trumpet) enjoys a diverse career as a New York City freelance trumpeter and music educator. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the University of Maryland, some of his performing/recording credits include: Sting, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Jonathan Batiste Jazz Band, and Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera.

CARL DELLA PERUTI (trombone) is co-founder of Solid Brass Ensemble. He is a graduate of Ithaca College and The Cleveland Institute of Music. He has been awarded a NJ State Arts Council Fellowship in composition. He is a member of the Colonial Symphony. Carl has been trombone instructor at Rutgers University.

BRUCE EIDEM (trombone) is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. Bruce is principal trombone in Shrek, and was in Gypsy, Crazy for You, and Big. He performed in Christmas Carol annually. Bruce is an expert in both classical and jazz idioms.

HANS MUHLER (trombone) is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Hans worked as a brass instrument designer for Yamaha Corporation and has developed his own instrument design and repair business. He frequently appears with many freelance orchestras throughout the metropolitan area.

DON HAYWARD (trombone) is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and is instructor of trombone at Columbia University. Don frequently plays on Broadway and was a Grammy Award nominee for Mario Bauza’s recording “994 Columbus”.

ADRIENNE OSTRANDER (percussion) is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music and has performed in several European festivals. Adrienne is the timpanist with the Princeton Symphony and performs with numerous ensembles in New York and New Jersey.

JANET LANTZ (horn) After receiving her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Juilliard, Janet became a member of the Westfield and Colonial Symphonies of New Jersey, the New York Chamber Soloists and has played for over 60 shows on Broadway including Phantom of the Opera.

JONATHAN FOWLER (tuba) Jonathan has received degrees from Rutgers and Temple Universities and the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music. He is the principal tuba player with the Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra and is currently the Instructor of Low Brass at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.