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NYOJ does it again - Int'l trumpeter and pianist to perform for Jamaicans tomorrow

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Lisa Leonard. - Contributed photos
Marc Reese.

 Guapos Brass Quintet is to host classes in addition to a performance on the weekend

Internationally acclaimed trumpeter Marc Reese of Empire Brass fame, and his talented wife, pianist Lisa Leonard, will be performing for the very first time in Jamaica for a Chamber Music Recital in aid of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ).

Lisa Leonard has a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician and educator, heading the Instrumental Collaborative Piano Programme at Lynn University.

Her husband, Marc Reese, juggles his busy schedule as a chamber musician with the Empire Brass Band with being a soloist who tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. In his capacity as educator, Reese is the assistant dean at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, and head of the brass department there.

Reese and Leonard often collaborate in recitals as well as performances of Shostakovich's Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings.


Music lovers will be treated to an eclectic mix of brass and piano sounds by Reese and Leonard in the Chamber Music Recital tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Vera Moody Concert Hall, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMC).

The duo's visit, classes and concert are being organised by the NYOJ, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation.

All proceeds from the events are in aid of the NYOJ's music for social change programme, which provides free classical music lessons for at-risk youth, positively impacting their self-esteem, values and aspirations.

As a pianist, hailed for communicating "deep artistic understanding through a powerful and virtuosic technique", Lisa Leonard will be sharing her expertise through Piano Master Classes that will be held tomorrow and on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., respectively. The master classes will also be held at the Vera Moody Concert Hall.

Participation will cost $1000 per day. There will be a $500 fee for those who just want to audit the classes.

Tickets for the Chamber Music Recital can be purchased at Music Mart in Kingston for $1,000.

For further information on these events contact the NYOJ at jamaicayouthorchestra@yahoo.com or 561-6252. You may also visit the organisation's website at www.nyoj.org or on its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/nationalyouthorchestrajamaica?ref=hl.

The recital comes on the back of the historic performance, also arranged by the NYOJ, of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. That event produced a massive response from Jamaicans from all walks of life. It is the hope that the same situation will pertain tomorrow.

As an additional treat, on Saturday the Guapos Brass Quintet with the KC Chapel Choir and the Festival Brass Choir will also be in performance.

Tickets for that concert will also cost $1,000 and can also be bought at Music Mart.

The Guapos Brass Quintet will be hosting master classes as well.

The five, Brian Garcia (trumpet), Timothy Nemzin (trumpet), Jordan Robison (trombone), Daniel Leon (horn), and Joshua deVries (tuba) will be holding the classes with members of the Jamaica Defence Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force bands, the Salvation Army, St Patrick's Foundation All Star Marching Band, the Alpha Boys' Band, local music teachers, and students from EMC and the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica.

The quintet is expected to serve as mentors for other brass musicians and music teachers, exposing them to different pedagogical methods with the hope of improving the level of technique and musicality while spreading their passion and commitment towards the growth of brass music.