Carnegie Brass brings rare musicianship and virtuosity to the Mainstage of the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16.
The ensemble has performed throughout the northeastern United States, toured the South Pacific and Australia with the River City Brass Band, and has been showcased many times on National Public Radio. The group also performed on the WQED-FM classical musical series The Local Touch. A television special produced by PBS, A Child’s Christmas in Pittsburgh, featured the quintet and was aired nationally.
Ensemble members include Bernard Black, trumpet, the principal solo cornet with the River City Brass Band, and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), who studied with Anthony Pasquarelli. Black is a two-time winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Solo Competition.
Jeffrey Nicodemus, trumpet, also graduated from CMU and studied trumpet performance under the guidance of Anthony Pasquarelli. As the solo eb soprano trumpet, he has been a member of the River City Brass Band for 22 years. Also a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Solo Competition, he has performed with the McKeesport, Westmoreland and Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras and the Civic Light Orchestra.
David Piecka, French horn, attended CMU studying under the late Forrest Standley. Performing with the River City Brass Band since 1981, he is principal solo horn. In 1995, he played the world premiere of Philip Sparke’s “Concerto for Horn and Brass Band,” commissioned by River City Brass Band especially for him.
Glenn Wayland, trombone, graduated from CMU where he was a student of the late Byron McCulloh. As principal bass trombone with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras and the Civic Light Opera Orchestra, he performs throughout the Pittsburgh region.
David Knapp, tuba, also graduated from CMU, having studied with Phillip Catelinet, Byron McCulloh, and Robert Page; he has performed with the River City Brass Band, the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras, the Johnstown Symphony, the Westmoreland Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Mendelssohn Choir.
For more information, visit the Carnegie Brass website at www.carnegiebrass.com.
The event is being sponsored by the Coppersmith Endowment.
Advance interviews with the artists may be arranged by calling the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center at 814-269-7200.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the ArtsLine at 1-800-846-ARTS (2787) or 814-269-7200 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets are $15. Discount tickets of $12 are being offered to senior citizens (over 65 years of age), students under 18, and members of the Pitt Johnstown community (faculty, staff, and card-carrying members of the Pitt Johnstown Alumni Association). There is a $2 handling fee on telephone and mail orders. The box office is open for in-person sales from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office also opens one hour before performances. For additional information, visit www.upj.pitt.edu/ArtsCenter.
The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center is a multi-purpose facility operated by the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The Arts Center presents a variety of events including musicals, adult and children’s theatre, dance and music productions to 12,000 patrons annually.