TROY — The Western Ohio Tuba Quartet performed live at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center on Tuesday, presented as a part of the center’s Drawing Room Chamber series.
The Western Ohio Tuba Quartet was founded in January 2013, and is composed of four current members of the Ohio Valley British Brass Band, including Francis Laws on first euphonium, Ted Shuttleworth on second euphonium, Michael Gallehue on first tuba, and Denny Seifried on second tuba. All quartet members are experienced performers with retired careers in music education around the Midwest.
A variety of musical stylings were performed, including arrangements from classical composers such as Giovanni Gabrieli and Antonin Dvorak, as well as modern American stylings, including fripperies by Lowell Shaw, marches by George Cohan, and the world-premiere performance of “Ash Grove Variations,” a piece commissioned for the quartet by Stephen Bulla.
“We play a little bit of everything,” Gallehue confirmed. “We try to run the gamut of musical styles and time periods. Everything we play is new one year to the next.”
This marked the group’s sixth year performing at Hayner, which has hosted the quartet annually since their inception.
“It’s sort of like our home. We’ve performed here more than any other location. We interact with the audience quite a bit, and the community of Troy has supported our group a lot over the last six years. We really enjoy coming here.”
The program’s open admission was made possible by local sponsors and citizens of Troy.
The event precedes Hayner’s 2018 Holiday Open House, which includes Children’s Day on Saturday, Dec. 1, and the Grand Opening on Sunday, Dec. 2.
For more information on events at Hayner, visit www.troyhayner.org.