Raised Hands & Loud Voices

8 February 2009
3:00 PM

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
10310 Scarsdale Blvd - 77089

Consort Immanuel's brass quintet will perform a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary Christian music.  All pieces have been re-harmonized to reflect the brass chamber music idiom.  This concert presents the best of both music worlds: the reverence of the traditional and the celebration of the modern.

Meet the Consort Immanuel Brass Quintet Musicians:

Eddie Lewis - Trumpet:

Eddie Lewis is a Christian trumpet player who maintains a vibrant and stylistically diverse career as a freelance trumpet player in Houston. Performing with as many as fifty bands each year, he has decades of experience playing jazz, classical music, salsa (and other tropical musics), rhythm and blues, tejano and even klezmer music. 

He has composed over three hundred original works for various brass and jazz ensembles and does arranging and copy work for local Houston bands. Although he now only teaches part time, Eddie has been active as a music educator for over twenty-five years: teaching private lessons, giving clinics and master classes, participating in workshops, and even teaching jazz improvisation as a class at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts for five years.  (www.eddielewis.com)

Jason Adams - Trumpet:

 Jason Adams has been teaching young trumpeters for over 20 years. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and studied trumpet with Roger Murtha and Chris Gekker at the Hartt School and the Manhattan School of Music. Hailed by the Springfield (MA) Union-News for his “high-stepping and

high- energy” playing, he has appeared all over the United States and internationally in various settings. He appears regularly with the Cathedral Brass, and stays busy with his studio of more than 60 students.  As a composer, Adams has written numerous works for young bands and is very active in the field of brass pedagogy. His books for young brass players are published by Brassworks 4. Jason resides in Houston, and has three excellent children, Phoebe, Finn and Lucy.

Deborah Rathke – Horn:

 Deborah Rathke is a native of Alberta, Canada.  She is an active freelancer and devoted horn teacher in the Houston area. Deborah moved to the United States in high school to attend the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to receive her Bachelor of Music Performance at Northwestern University in Chicago studying horn with Gail Williams. 

Deborah moved to Houston in 2002 and received her Masters of Music at Rice University studying horn with William VerMeulen.  She has performed with many music organizations in the area and in Chicago including the Houston Ballet, Houston Choral Society, Millar Brass Ensemble, Elgin, Illinois, and Chicago Civic orchestras.  Deborah is currently coaching the Houston Youth Symphony horn sections and has taught several all-state players.

Carl Muller – Trombone:

 Trombonist Carl Muller is a free-lance musician in Houston, having performed with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Texas Opera Theatre, and Orchestra X, among others. He has degrees in performance from both the University of Houston and the University of Texas (Austin).  Carl is currently on faculty at San Jacinto College’s North Campus.

Ali Jackson - Tuba:

 Ali Jackson, a native of Sugar Land, TX, has been playing tuba since 1991. He offers private instructions in low brass, and spends much of his time as a freelance tuba player in the Greater Houston area. Ali Jackson is also involved with music recording and has been recording concert performances for orchestras and bands along with smaller ensembles, such as recitals and chamber music, since 2002.

This concert is FREE of charge and open to members of the public.  This is an excellent way to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon, and families are encouraged to make it a family event.

Sneak preview of the program - coming soon.