Union County College Hosts “Music of Five Centuries” By The Philharmonic Brass Trio

CRANFORD – Union County College will be hosting a classical concert on April 8. The concert features “Music of Five Centuries” by The Philharmonic Brass Trio: Thomas V. Smith (Trumpet), Howard Wall (Horn), and George Curran (Bass Trombone). Their program includes music composed by Ewazen, Bach, WilBye, Handel, Poulenc, and Brahms. The concert will be held in The Roy Smith Theater on the college’s Cranford Campus from noon to 1 p.m.

Thomas V. Smith a native of Detroit, Michigan became a member of the New York Philharmonic in 1998. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and the New England Conservatory, where he received a bachelor’s degree with distinction in 1981, Mr. Smith came to Philharmonic from Boston, where he was a freelance musician, playing regularly with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He also performed with Sara Caldwell’s Opera Company of Boston and the Boston lyric Opera for many years. A student of Robert Nagel, Vince Penzarella, Allen Dean, and Roger Voisin, he is an avid chamber musician and has performed in many groups, including Collage and Musica, Viva as well as Gunther Schuller’s New England ragtime.

Howard Hall is a member of the horn section of the New York Philharmonic, and a former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic in Schumann’s Konzertstück in New York (1995, 2001, 2005), as well as on tours in Europe (1996) and South America (2001). Playing the horn since the age of 10, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh. He appears regularly at the New York Chamber Music festival and performs with the Delphinium Trio. Howard Wall made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 18, with Schumann’s Konzertstück, and most recently performed as soloist in the same work, again at Carnegie Hall, in April 2012.

George Curran became the bass trombonist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2006 and is currently on leave to perform this season with the New York Philharmonic. Prior to moving to Atlanta, he was a fellow with the New World Symphony for 2 years. A native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Mr. Curran received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Central Michigan University and a master’s from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2010, he participated in a recording called Roadwork with the Atlanta Trombone Project. Mr. Curran has performed concerts with the US Army Band at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, and many college ensembles.

This free event is open to anyone who would like to attend. The College’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. For more information, visit the Union County College website www.ucc.edu. If you or someone attending with you is in need of special accommodations due to a disability, contact the Coordinator Services for Students with Disabilities at 1-908- 709-7164.

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