Brass Roots Trio To Paint Musical Portrait of U.S. at Sept. 17 Concert
Posted on Friday, September 10, 2010 [10:35 AM]
The Brass Roots Trio will perform at 7 p.m. CT on
Friday, Sept. 17, in the W.W. Slider
Humanities Center Recital Hall. From left: Rosetta Senkus Bacon,
and Kyra Sims.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A portrait of America will
be painted Friday, Sept. 17, at Lindsey Wilson College. But instead
of brush strokes, the image will be created by an eclectic musical
trio of piano, horns and voice.
The Brass Roots Trio will present "American
Impressions" at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 17, in the Lindsey
Wilson W.W. Slider Humanities Center Recital Hall. The concert --
which is part of the 2010-11 Lindsey Wilson College Cultural Affairs
Series -- is free and open to the public.
The Brass Roots Trio features three musicians who combine to
make a multitude of sounds on an unlikely collaboration of
instruments -- piano, French horn, trumpet, flugelhorn and voice.
The trio displays virtuosity and exquisite sounds that blend the
classical music genre with jazz, ragtime and contemporary
The Sept. 17 concert at Lindsey Wilson will include arrangements
of pieces by Irving Berlin, Dave Brubeck, Aaron Copland, George
Gershwin, Scott Joplin and Fats Waller. Most of the pieces have
been arranged by the trio's pianist and founder, Rosetta Senkus
"I started the idea of this trio back in 2001 with a couple
local musicians -- we were fooling around and putting things
together, and it evolved out of that," Bacon said. "The hard thing
was finding music for it, so that's why I got into arranging. …
That left it open for us to do any kind of music we wanted. That's
why we have a big variety of music from classical to jazz to
everything in between."
The first two selections scheduled to be played on Sept. 17 at
Lindsey Wilson provide a glimpse of the kind of musical diversity
embraced by the Brass Roots Trio: the concert will open with an
arrangement of Bill Joel's obscure but entertaining "Root Beer Rag" and then follow it with an
arrangement of Aaron Copland's expansive "Rodeo."
Bacon said one of the concert's aims is to paint a portrait of
American diversity -- from the East Coast through Appalachia and
the Mississippi River regions to the open West.
"It's painting a picture of the country," she said. "It's
painting an image of our country" through music.
In addition to Bacon on piano, the Brass Roots Trio includes
Kyra Sims on horn and vocals and Nathan Warner on trumpet and
flugelhorn. All three musicians live in Greater New York, but they
have very different roots: Bacon grew up in West Virginia and was
educated at West Virginia University; Sims is from Memphis, Tenn.,
and was educated at the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts;
and Warner is a native Hoosier who was educated at the Indiana
University School of Music.
Now in their seventh season of concerts, the Brass Roots Trio's
tours have taken them all over the United States and the United
Kingdom. In 2009 the trio was honored to perform at the White
"That was quite an honor. It was a little bit of a Cinderella
night for me," Bacon said.
The Brass Roots Trio will present "American Impressions" at
7 p.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 17, in the Lindsey Wilson College W.W.
Slider Humanities Center Recital Hall. The concert is free and open
to the public. For more information, contact LWC Cultural Affairs
Chair Phil Hanna at email@example.com or (270)
Click here for the full 2010-11
LWC Cultural Affairs Series.