Shell Shock Rocks Roxy With Low-Frequency Vibes Oct. 24

Oct. 20, 2003

by Richard Veit

Shell Shock, a quartet for unlikely pairs of tubas and euphoniums, will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Baylor University's Roxy Grove Hall.

The innovative group -- often described as a "high wire act" for low brass -- will offer a program of diverse musical styles, from baroque to gospel to Hollywood. Members of Shell Shock include Baylor's own Lecturer in Tuba, David Graves, as well as fellow tubist Emanuel Jester and euphonium players Alan Herold and Brian Meixner.

The group will play an arrangement of Bach's Fugue in G minor, the "Allegro" movement from Handel's Water Music and three movements from the five brass quartets of 19th-century Danish composer Wilhelm Ramsoe.

Shell Shock also will perform a brass-quartet arrangement of "Amazing Grace," a surprisingly light-footed traversal of Rossini's William Tell Overture, the march by John Williams from Stephen Spielberg's 1941, and two pieces -- Power and Dances -- by American composer and tubist John Stevens.

The program will conclude with Robert Lamm's What Time Is It? and Barrie Gott's Swing-Time Religion.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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