HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 3, 2013 – Dr. Brian Meixner, assistant professor of music at High Point University, will present a concert celebrating the release of his new CD, “Praxis,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.
The performance will feature music entirely from the new album, performed on the euphonium and a wide collection of percussion instruments. Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, adjunct professor of music, and Dr. Danny Frye, professor and director of instrumental studies, are also featured on the CD and will be performing alongside Meixner in the concert.
“Students and community members in attendance will be exposed to some exceptional new music written by very talented composers, from a combination of instruments that will be appealing to a wide range of listeners,” says Meixner. “It is my hope that audience members will gain a greater understanding of my instrument, the euphonium, and its capabilities as a prominent solo instrument.”
Meixner says his inspiration for the album came from the desire to do something different with the euphonium that had not been done before – a desire he says was made possible by Daughtrey.
“I have been commissioning composers for this album for three or four years now, and I was fortunate enough to meet Nathan Daughtrey when I moved to North Carolina,” says Meixner. “His contributions to the repertoire and fantastic playing made the album more attainable.”
The percussion ensemble, Gate City Percussion, will also be featured as guest performers on the CD and concert.
Meixner, also assistant director of the University Band, has been a musician for nearly 30 years, and performs in a euphonium quartet, the “River Bottom Quartet.”
“Praxis” will be available on iTunes and through the record label, Potenza Music, at www.justforbrass.com. The album will be available for purchase at the release concert