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New York Chamber Brass Performs at Merkin Hall April 26, 8 PM

Date Released: 3/26/2010

Ensemble-in-Residence at Purchase College headed by Graham Ashton will perform Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Brass Quintet and Luciano Berio's Call.

New York Chamber Brass, Ensemble-in-Residence at Purchase College, State University of New York, will give its debut performance at Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan on Monday, April 26th at 8:00pm. This is the New York City debut of New York Chamber Brass since it was formed as Ensemble-in-Residence at Purchase College in 2009.

The performance will include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Brass Quintet, which will be the first time this monumental work from the brass chamber music repertoire has been heard in New York City since 1981. The London Times describes Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Brass Quintet as
“the most virtuosic work in the brass quintet repertoire.”

Trumpeter and Chair of Brass at Purchase College, Professor Graham Ashton says, “I gave the European Premier of this work in 1982 at St. John’s, Smith Square in London with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Elliott Carter present. It is such a thrill to again perform this incredibly virtuosic quintet in New York City with my colleagues in New York Chamber Brass.”

New York Chamber Brass will also perform Luciano Berio’s Call, written for the opening of the renovated St. Louis Union Station in 1985, and Jan Bach’s Laudes, which was made famous by the legendary New York Brass Quintet in the 1970s.  Two motets by Carlo Gesualdo, which were arranged by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and were premiered by Graham Ashton in UK 1982, will also be performed.



Graham Ashton is Chair of Brass at Purchase College.  As a soloist, he has appeared with numerous orchestras including the BBC Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, and New York Virtuosi. He has made eight award-winning recordings for EMI Virgin, Nimbus and Koch with the English Symphony, Irish Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia of London, and premiered new commissions by George Fenton, Michael Nyman, Roger Steptoe, Colin Towns, and David Sawer. Mr. Ashton has performed on numerous film soundtracks in London, Paris, Dublin, Munich and New York, including Yentil; Never Say Never Again; Octopussy; The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; Batman; Dangerous Liaisons; Cry Freedom; The Russia House and Casanova. He has also played on commercial albums with Paul McCartney, Barbara Streisand, Phil Collins, Van Morrison and Elvis Costello. As a composer and arranger, Mr. Ashton has written music for radio, television, theatre and the concert platform. Commissions in recent seasons include the Australian Embassy Washington DC, Signum Classics (London), SUNY Fredonia and Sony Records. His music is published exclusively by Editions BIM, Switzerland.


Rich Clymer is principal trumpet with the New Haven Symphony and has appeared with New York’s finest orchestras such as American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, New York City Opera, American Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart to name a few. In addition to Purchase College, he is Professor of Trumpet at Western Connecticut State University.


Peter Reit, Professor of Horn at Purchase College, has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Lukes, New York City Opera and the American Ballet Theater.  He has toured with the American Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestras.  He s a freelance  principal horn player who performs with the Westchester Philharmonic, Greenwich Symphony, Stamford and Scandia Symphony Orchestras.  He is in his 22nd year performing in the Broadway hit Phantom of the Opera.


Tim Albright, trombone, performs frequently as a member of Steve Coleman’s band.  He has played with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Sufjan Stevens, Rufus Wainwright and others.  On Broadway he has played in numerous productions including Spamalot, The Producers, A Chorus Line, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blond and Fosse.  He has also recorded music for television and film.  In addition to Purchase, he is on the Julliard Pre-College faculty.


Kyle Turner, Professor of Tuba at Purchase  College, has performed with some of the world’s greatest musicians including Luciano Pavarotti, Midori, YoYo Ma, John Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Andre Previn, Paul McCartney, Dave Brubeck, James Taylor, Metallica, Cold Play at the 45th Grammy Awards.

He also performs with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, numerous Broadway show orchestras and has played on many major motion picture soundtracks, radio and television commercials, including Live From Lincoln Center Broadcasts.  He has played with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic with whom he has performed over 500 concerts.  He is currently principal tuba with the American Symphony Orchestra of St. Lukes and regularly substitutes with the Philadelphia Orchestra.


Merkin Concert Hall is located at 129 West 67th Street in New York City.  Tickets are $10 (AFM members 50% discount on presentation of AFM card). Seniors and students receive free admission. Tickets  212- 501-3330 or

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