A critically acclaimed chamber ensemble, the Sotto Voce Quartet, will present a guest recital on Sunday, September 15, beginning at 3::30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. One of the group’s members serves on the music faculty of Baylor University, Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium Kent Eshelman. Performing on euphoniums are Demondrae Thurman and Mark Carlson. Along with Dr. Eshelman, the other tubist is Mike Forbes.
The Sotto Voce Quartet is America’s premier professional quartet of its kind and has become one of the world’s leading low-brass ensembles. The quartet enthusiastically challenges preconceived notions about what tubas can do by composing, arranging, and commissioning virtuosic new works that highlight the diversity of their ensemble and its unique membership. Summit Records distributes their first three albums: Consequences, Viva Voce, and Refractions, while the quartet has recently produced and released their fourth album, Take This Hammer, featuring works composed specifically for Sotto Voce. The ensemble maintains an active international touring schedule throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe. In the past three years, they performed concerts in Norway, Austria, France, Canada, California, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and throughout the southeastern United States.
For their Baylor program, the quartet will choose from among a broad selection of pieces, including Take This Hammer by Steven Snowden, an arrangement by group member Mike Forbes of Claude Debussy’s The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, “Calm Down” from Anthony Plog’s Fantasy Movements, and Mike Forbes’s own composition, Day at Sea.
Also to be heard are selections from Bass Is Loaded by Mike Forbes, “Latin” from Diversions by John Stevens, “Campera” from Enrique Crespo’s Drei Milongas, Fortitude by Dr. Eshelman, “Danzón” from Paquito D’Rivera’s Four Pieces, and LiberTango by Ástor Piazzolla.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.