By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Concerts on the Slope series continues during the summer.
Artistic Director Benjamin Larsen presents “An Afternoon of Music for Brass Instruments,” at the air-conditioned church, (139 St. John’s Place in Park Slope) on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 3 p.m.
The featured ensemble is Trombone Quartet, The Guidonian Hand, with local musicians Mark Broschinsky, William Lang, James Rogers and Sebastian Vera.
The Guidonian Hand, as an ensemble, has commissioned over a dozen new works and performed in over a dozen states since its inception in 2008. Tireless advocates for new music, this adventurous ensemble collaborates frequently with living composers on compelling new works for the repertoire. The group has premiered works by Eve Beglarian, Conrad Winslow, J. Mark Stambaugh, Galen Brown, and the ensemble’s Composer-in-Residence for the 2011/12 season, Jeremy Howard Beck.
The Guidonian Hand built its foundation performing extensively in the New York metropolitan area at such venues as the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Le Poisson Rouge, The Stone, The Juilliard School, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, Manhattan School of Music, The Tank, Mannes College of Music, New York University, INTAR Theater, and the Gershwin Hotel’s New Music series. In 2010 they appeared as featured guest artists at the International Trombone Festival in Austin, TX. Upcoming engagements include appearances at the Bang on a Can Festival, Tribeca New Music Festival and tours to California, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
In addition to modern literature, The Guidonian Hand gives a fresh voice to classical repertoire, situating art music of the past on a continuum with music written today. Programs frequently reflect eclectic and wide-ranging musical interests, from Bach to Mozart, and Thelonious Monk to Weezer.
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