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The Brass Tacks Quartet, a tuba and euphonium quartet from Michigan State University, will perform at Olivet College Tuesday, April 12, as part of the college’s Gear Recital Series. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 8 p.m. at the Olivet Congregational Church. The quartet will perform music from a variety of styles, from classical music to contemporary, to jazz and blues.

About the Artists

Formed in August 2015, Brass Tacks dedicates its time to bringing the tuba-euphonium quartet experience to as many new audiences as possible. Performing a wide range of music and encouraging the development of music for tuba-euphonium quartet is part of this mission. Brass Tacks is an ensemble that can create a wide range of sounds and styles, and their repertoire includes transcriptions of opera overtures, new arrangements of renaissance motets, and exciting new compositions for the ensemble.

The artists in Brass Tacks have been finalists in national professional auditions as well as solo competitions, including the Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival and International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) solo and excerpt competitions. As a group, Brass Tacks has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2016 ITEA ensemble competition, and will compete in May against top ensembles from around the world.

About the Gear Recital Series

Launched in 2013, the Gear Recital Series, named for alumni John ’70 and Penny ’69 (Lehman) Gear, is a 5-year program designed to provide Olivet College students with an exclusive educational experience while also bringing exceptional concert opportunities to the community. All performances and lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Ramona Kime, professor of music, at 269.749.7692.