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'Burst of Brass' comes to stage

The Sheldon Brass Band will welcome spring to Red Wing with an April 24 concert at the Sheldon Theatre.

Music with an international flavor will be spotlighted when the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band presents its spring concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sheldon Theatre. Director is Jim Kurschner.

"A Burst of Brass" features three major works, spokesman John Mundy of Wabasha said:

• "Morning, Noon and Night" by Franz Von Suppe, which Mundy described as "one of those rousing overtures from a 19th century opera. The tunes are familiar because it's been used by Bugs Bunny cartoons in classical music spoofs."

• "Hinemoa," a test piece based on a Maori - the native people of New Zealand legend. "Lots of energy, thunderous drums and exotic melodies," Mundy said.

• "The Vikings," Mundy said, "is a virtuoso symphonic picture of long ships appearing out of the mist, the might and terror of the Viking warriors, a real workout for the band."

The piece was written to commemorate a Norwegian band winning the European championship.

The spring concert also includes three numbers featuring soloists or sections.

"I'll Go No More to Your Town," a Scottish folk song, will be performed as a musical debate between Dan Julson, principal cornet, and Brian Borovsky, principal euphonium.

"Blue John," which Mundy called "a jazzy trombone solo," will spotlight Bruce Alpern, who recently returned to the Sheldon Brass Band after a year in Iraq with the 34th Army Band.

"Russky Percussky" will show off the band's percussion section. Mundy called it "a fun piece based on a Russian theme."

Band member Steve Ritzenthaler's "cool swinging" arrangement of the jazz standard "Blackbird" also is on the program.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children. Call (651) 388-8700 or (800) 899-5759 or go online to