Brass Ensemble to Appear At Bethany College

BETHANY, W.Va. - The Apollo Chamber Brass, a professional brass quintet based in Denver, Colorado will appear at Bethany College as part of their tour of the Ohio Valley from August 3 through the eleventh.

They will bring the sophisticated, yet familiar sounds associated with a high-caliber brass ensemble to Bethany on Monday evening, August 7, at 7:30.

The ensemble will present an outdoor concert on the grounds behind Old Main on the college campus. In case of rain, the concert will relocate to Wailes Theatre in the Steinman Hall of Fine Arts.

There is no admission charge for this program, and the community is invited to attend. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and a picnic supper or dessert for refreshments.

"I hope that the entire Bethany Community and our summer guests will be able to attend this program," said David Rudari, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts - Music.

Trombonist and a founding member, John S. Neurohr, is a native of Wellsburg, WV, who earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from West Virginia University. He subsequently earned his Master of Music Performance degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) in pursuit of the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

"John Neurohr was one of my students at West Virginia University and I have known and worked with his Dad since my arrival at Bethany," stated Rudari. "Both are incredible gentlemen, superb teachers, and gifted musicians. I am sure that these qualities are reflected in the presentation of the Apollo Chamber Brass. This means that we are in for an outstanding evening of music."

The concert, hosted by Bethany College, is presented through the generous donations of Giuseppi, Joseph and Linda Lancia; Lancia Nursing Homes; Mr. John and Patricia Neurohr; Wayne Door Sales; Dr. Linda Stark; and Dr. Linda Cook.

Formerly the Graduate Brass Quintet in Residence at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Apollo Chamber Brass has appeared in service and recital throughout the Colorado Front Range, and most recently performed at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference held in Denver, CO, this past June.

The mission of the ACB is to increase the accessibility and promote the appreciation of the brass ensemble and its literature through public performance and education.

This idea was born into existence in the Ohio Valley by John Neurohr, Sr., who placed his son and members of the Brooke High School Band program into various brass quintets and large ensembles that performed throughout the Ohio Valley.