On February 25, 2014, Pinnacle Brass, the University of Central Arkansas’ resident faculty quintet, performed music from its recent tour of China in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall. This showcase performance was co-sponsored by UCA Confucius Institute (UCACI).
The group, made up of UCA brass faculty Larry Jones (trumpet), Brent Shires (horn), Justin Cook (trombone) and Christian Carichner (tuba), as well as trumpet graduate student Eric Liu, spent two weeks in December touring several cities and universities in China. They performed at several concerts and taught master classes at East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai and Anhui Normal University in Wuhu. At ECNU, the partner university of UCA, they were featured as the soloists with the ECNU Symphony Orchestra. They also hosted several panel discussions.
The program of the showcase included the music from the tour to China. The performances were interspersed with comments and narrative as well as images from their tour to China. Brent Shires, assistant professor of horn, gave special thanks to UCACI for the support of this showcase and also help during their tour. The audiences were impressed by the talented performance as well as their stories of the trip in China.