Pinnacle Brass Quintet to Perform at CMU
The Pinnacle Brass Quintet will perform at Central Methodist University on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Willie Mae Kountz Recital Hall in the Swinney Conservatory on the Fayette campus.
The ensemble is composed of Todd Yatsook, Molly White, Dr. Angelo Manzo, Dr. John Perkins, and Margaret Davis. The recital is open to the public and there is no cost.
The performance will include "Suite for Brass Quintet" by Herbert Haufrecht, "Vuelta del Fuego" by Kevin McKee, "The Quintessential Gershwin" and "Folk Song Suite for Brass Quintet," both by Stephen Bulla, and "From the Heart" by Bert Truax.
Todd Yatsook, the visionary who formed the quintet three years ago, plays trombone. His dedication and persistence have made the group a solid, committed professional ensemble. He did graduate study at Arizona State, and especially enjoys bringing the Pinnacle to CMU music students.
Molly White plays horn. She admits to being a state bureaucrat from Jefferson City during the day, but puts her music hat on in the evenings. Like Yatsook, she earned her undergraduate degree in music from the University of Missouri - Columbia (MU).
Tubist Dr. Angelo Manzo is associate professor of tuba and euphonium at MU. He received his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He has also studied voice extensively and is a published composer. He teaches at MU and is an active performer and recording artist.
Dr. John Perkins, who plays trumpet, teaches trumpet and horn at Central Methodist University. He has also been a driving force behind the Pinnacle Quintet as well as prime music provider. He, too, earned his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. He spends his summers as the principal trumpet for the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra and performs with numerous other professional music groups.
Trumpeter Margaret Davis is a multi-talented musician who earned her undergraduate performance degree at New Mexico State University with further study in jazz and pedagogy at Webster University in St. Louis. She is currently a free-lance musician who has performed as soloist and group member worldwide, and has been trumpeter for "Our Fallen Heroes" traveling tribute to military fallen since 9/11. Currently, when not playing music or coaching sports, she is a recording engineer for Lindervox Productions recording studio in Columbia.
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