Wake Forest to host Early Brass Festival

Wake Forest University’s Department of Music, in conjunction with the Historic Brass Society, will host the 17th annual Early Brass Festival from June 29-July 1.

Performers, scholars, teachers and instrument makers with a shared interest in early brass instruments will gather on the Wake Forest campus for concerts, informal playing sessions, and scholarly papers related to brass instruments.

Highlights of the festival include two free concerts in Brendle Recital Hall. On Friday, June 29, Winston-Salem native Barry Baugess will present a short Baroque trumpet recital at 8 p.m. On July 1 at 3 p.m., Baugess and fellow Baroque trumpeter Tom Huener will present a concert of Austro-Moravian music of the 17th century accompanied by the East Carolina University Early Music Ensemble. Baugess and Huener are both faculty members at East Carolina University. Following the trumpet concert, festival participants will perform.

Co-directors of the festival are Stewart Carter, professor of music at Wake Forest; Matthew Hafar, assistant professor of music at Winston-Salem State University; and Jeffrey Nussbaum, president of the Historic Brass Society.

Originally founded by aficionados of Renaissance and Baroque instruments — cornett, sackbut, natural trumpet and natural horn — the festival has expanded to include 19th and early 20th century topics and musical styles. For information, call Stewart Carter at 336-758-5106.

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