River City Brass to tour Italy

Written by Andrew Druckenbrod on .

Congrats to the River City Brass (nee Band)! On this tour it will give the inaugural pening concert of an auditorium at the University of Studies Roma Tre!


From the presser:


Pittsburgh’s own River City Brass is excitedly preparing to travel abroad for the first time in over 25 years. The tour will run from May 6th through May 10th, and will include four concerts, three of which are free to the public, and also will include a variety of educational outreach activities. Classical WQED-FM 89.3 will accompany the RCB, and will broadcast live from Italy at 8:30am and 5:00pm each day of the trip.


Musicians and staff from the River City Brass will arrive in Rome, Italy on May 6th, 2013 and travel to Teramo approximately 60 kilometers from Rome. There, the band will perform in the Teatro Communale. The concert will contain a mixture of American classics, big band music and jazz; the sound of Pittsburgh. On May 8th the band will travel back to Rome, where it will perform the opening concert of the new auditorium at the University of Studies Roma Tre, hosted by UPMC’s International and Commercial Services Division, a key sponsor of this trip. This will be made available, free of charge, to students and faculty of Roma Tre University as well as the general public.


Educational outreach is a major feature of the tour, as master-classes will be offered, free of charge, to brass students at Roma Tre University and at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Frosinone. American brass playing is famous the world over and so we anticipate a high demand for the classes.


After Rome, the Band makes a journey to the conservatory of music in Frosinone, where it will perform a concert and give master-classes on the 9th of May. May 10th has River City Brass pulling into San Gregorio where we will play a joint concert with the Saxula Brass, a local brass band featuring saxhorns, the basis of the British style brass band. This concert will also be free to the public.




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