Empire Brass Celebration with Greg Zelek, organ: Overture Concert Organ's 20th Season

201 State St.
Madison, WI 53703

I was lucky enough to meet the Empire Brass as a high school student when they came to my hometown for a clinic and a concert back in 1984. Years later, I was even luckier when I was asked to join the group, becoming a member of the ensemble for 16 seasons, and getting to perform some of the finest brass music in the world’s greatest concert halls. I am so pleased to be part of this concert program that features highlights from the group’s famous recordings and ground-breaking repertoire for both brass and organ, including the world premiere of my newly-commissioned work to celebrate the 20th of the Overture Concert Organ. Please join us for An Empire Brass Celebration! – Mark Hetzler


Renaissance/Baroque Set
Tielman Susato, Basse danse bergeret
Johann Sebastian Bach, My Spirit Be Joyful, Cantata 146
Giovanni Gabrieli, Canzon Duo Decimi Toni

Empire Set
Sergei Prokofiev, Lt. Kije: Wedding and Troika
Gustav Holst, Jupiter

Empire Composers
Kenneth Amis, Bell Tone’s Ring
Mark Hetzler, “World-premiere in celebration of the 20th of the Overture Concert Organ”

American Music Set
Fats Waller, Ain’t Misbehavin’
George Gershwin, Summertime
Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story Suite (Something’s Comin’, Maria, America)