11th Annual Octubafest Scheduled For Late October

WAYNE – In a release from Wayne State College, there will be three dates to mark on your calendar in the month of October for free performances featuring staff accompanist Shelly Armstrong.

The 11th annual Octubafest will be presented by the Wayne State College Department of Music from Wednesday, October 18 – Friday, October 20. Each show will be held in the Brandenburg Education Building in Ley Theatre on the campus of Wayne State College.

Beginning on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. with a Guest Tuba Recital by Dr. David Earll, Assistant Professor of Tuba, Euphonium, and Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Earll performs and lectures throughout the United States and abroad. Compositions for solo tuba are highlighted with piano, audiotape and narration. WSC Instructor of Low Brass, Dr. Josh Calkin joins Earll on stage for a tuba duet. The repertoire includes works by Ray Luedeke, John Stevens and Mike Forbes.

Calkin presents a Faculty Tuba Recital with an orchestral flair then on Thursday, October. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Compositions include works by Barbara York, Thom Ritter George and Calkin’s arrangement of an Antonio Vivaldi violin concerto.

Octubafest concludes on Friday, October 20 with a 7:30 p.m. Low Brass Studio Recital. WSC students display artistry through trombone, euphonium and tuba solos. The repertoire incorporates works by Félix Alexandre Guilmant, Bendetto Marcello, Johann Galliard, Don Haddad, Václav Nelhýbel and others.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 402-375-7359.

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