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Guest conductor infuses River City Brass with fresh sounds

| Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

Patrick Sheridan is making sure the River City Brass Band takes the first steps in a transitional year with its best feet forward.

The conductor, tuba soloist and educator from the University of California at Los Angeles is creating a solid sound in performance as well as material in the first series of concerts, "And The Band Played On."

He is one of the guest conductors slated while band management seeks a replacement for music director Denis Colwell, who resigned in May. At this series, Sheridan is creating a fairly fresh sound with some material never before played by the band and with conducting skills that are creating a lively sound.

He also soloed on Ennio Morricone's "Gabriel's Oboe" and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," two works normally not connected to tuba.

The concert will be repeated 8 p.m. today at the Upper St. Clair Theatre; 8 p,m. Thursday at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland; and 3 p.m. Sunday at Baldwin High School. Admission prices vary.

Details: 412-434-7222.

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