Distinct new-classical music group comes to MSU
A contemporary all-brass chamber ensemble visits the MSU campus to perform and mentor students through the College of Music’s Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence Program funded by the MSU Federal Credit Union. Building on their online residency from April 2020, The Westerlies will cap three days of in-person student and community workshops with an inventive, energetic performance on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre, part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series.
Comprised of childhood friends from Seattle, The Westerlies mix ideas from jazz, new classical and Appalachian folk. Based in New York, the blend of two trumpets and two trombones navigates venues and projects with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along. Formed in 2011, the self-described “accidental brass quartet” takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. As both a musical group and a corresponding non-profit organization, The Westerlies are committed to amplifying unheard voices, and aim to reflect the values of diversity and inclusion in the music they make.
The ensemble engages students of all ages and abilities across the U.S. through innovative educational assemblies and masterclasses to promote cooperation and inclusion through music. During their multi-day residency at MSU, The Westerlies will engage students through masterclasses, a visit to DeWitt public schools, workshops on improvisation and entrepreneurship, and a public concert. Students from the composition area will also have the opportunity to have their original works performed by The Westerlies for a free and open-to-the-public event on Tuesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Cook Recital Hall.
All Showcase Series concerts are reserved seating, except for the Barbara Wagner Chamber Music Competition Showcase which is general admission. Reserved seating tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (age 60 and older) and $12 for students. Information on these and other concerts, as well as ticket links can be found on the MSU College of Music website.