99-049 (Wind Symphony)
Distributed November 4, 1999
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Glenn Hare

Brown Wind Symphony concert to feature guest tuba player Nov. 19

Gary Buttery, tubist, will perform with the Brown University Wind Symphony Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall. The concert will feature a mix of contemporary and 16th century compositions.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Guest tuba player Gary Buttery will be the featured performer at the Brown University Wind Symphony concert Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall.

Buttery, who was the principal tubist for the U.S. Coast Guard Band for more than 20 years, will be performing the Sonata for Tuba and Winds by Patrick McCarty and Richard Lieb’s Concertino Basso.

Lieb, a New York-based studio musician and composer, wrote Concertino Basso during his stint as a member of the Tonight Show band, said Wind Symphony conductor Matthew McGarrell.

In addition to playing in the Coast Guard, Buttery has performed as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States. Concert tours have taken him to England and Russia, and he has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Oktoberski Hall in St. Petersburg. He is a founding member of ALCHEMY (a tuba and euphonium quartet), two folk bands (Finest Kind and The Morgans), and the international folk dance group A Different Village. As an active composer, Buttery is published by Cimarron Music. He also teaches and conducts bands at the University of Rhode Island and Connecticut College.

The program will also include the Symphony No.6 for Band by Vincent Persichetti. “This composition is Persichetti’s only symphonic work. It’s a cornerstone of the wind band literature,” said McGarrell. The remainder for the concert will showcase two canzoni by 16th century Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli, as well as a canzona by Peter Mennin, a past president of the Juilliard School of Music.

Tickets for the free concert will be available Monday, Nov. 15, at the Department of Music, located in Orwig Music Building, from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Grant Recital Hall is located behind the Orwig Music Building on the corner of Hope Street and Young Orchard Avenue.