When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington St., Gainesville
More info: 770-538-4764
Music featuring compositions by Duke Ellington, Louie Armstrong and Henry Mancini will fill the air as the former lead trumpeter for The Henry Mancini Orchestra plays Saturday night at Brenau University.
Cecil Welch will perform “That Mancini Magic” with the Brenau University Spectrum Winds at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in Pearce Auditorium at 500 Washington St.
Clips from the movies that Mancini scored such as “The Pink Panther” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” will highlight the music during the free event.
When Mancini and Welch performed in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Mancini offered Welch the position of principal trumpeter and soloist in his orchestra. That led to an 18-year career working together.
During his time with the orchestra, Welch founded his music production company, which provides orchestral personnel for many of America’s most talented performers, including Harry Connick Jr., Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, Josh Groban and Barry Manilow. He also founded the Cecil Welch Big Band, a 16-piece orchestral ensemble composed of top instrumentalists from Atlanta and the Southeast; recorded and produced four solo trumpet CDs under his own recording label, Brass Menagerie Recording Company; and performed with the London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the Tokyo Philharmonic.
The Brenau University Spectrum Winds is an ensemble open to students and community members who play a wind or percussion instrument. During the academic year, the ensemble rehearses and performs pieces from the traditional and modern repertoire for symphonic band. Their performances include regular concerts as well as institutional service opportunities.
Three Brenau students featured in the concert are rising sophomore Ashley Childs from Canon, and recent graduates Andrea Holloway from Newnan, and Karla Utterback from Lawrenceville.
For more information, call 770-538-4764 or visit www.brenau.edu/fineartshumanities/music.