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Saugerties Pro Musica

October 10th  - 3PM

Prometheus Brass

  Sandra Coffin , trumpet
Matthew Ragsdale, trumpet
Tim McCarthy, French horn
Dale Turk, bass trombone  

Program  Bios 



Toccata                                                                                                     Edmund Haines
Canzona per sonare No. 1 “La Spiritata”                                                 Giovanni Gabrieli
Quartet No. 5                                                                                            Wilhelm Ramsoe
Allegro Moderato                                                                                        (1837-1895)
Andante, quasi allegretto


Galliard Battaglia                                                                                       Samuel Scheidt
Toccata from “Quartet”                                                                                Ulysses Kay
Once in A While                                                                                           Michael Edwards
Moonlight in Vermont                                                                                  Karl Suessdorf
The Pineapple Rag                                                                                       Scott Joplin
Someone To Watch Over Me                                                                       George Gershwin
Just A Closer Walk With Thee                                                                     Traditional 
Washington Post March                                                                                John Philip Sousa


About Prometheus Brass

Prometheus Brass is made up of professional musicians from the greater New York area. They have been featured on numerous concert series, including Noonday Concerts at Trinity Wall Street, Noontime Concerts at Columbia University, Chamber Music at Grace Chapel (Lake George), The Ticonderoga Festival Guild, and the Saugerties Pro Musica. Prometheus Brass maintains an active schedule of educational presentations and public outreach concerts in a variety of locations. They are featured on the Sounds of Silver Bay CD, which was released in the summer of 2002, and they are associated with both the American Music Center and the Music Performance Trust Fund. In February 2004 they were featured live on the Morning Show on WAMC Public Radio.

Sandra Coffin, trumpet, has performed throughout the country and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. She has presented numerous recitals in Spain, Italy, Austria and Russia, as well as throughout the US, including premieres of several new works composed for her. In addition to performing with the Coffin-Pierson Duo (trumpet and soprano), Sandy freelances throughout the Greater New York area. She is currently Principal Trumpet of the Garden State Philharmonic and The Bronx Opera, and plays frequently with the Springfield (MA) Symphony. She has been a member of the Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Colorado Philharmonic and Canton Symphony. She holds degrees from Oberlin College/Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music.

Matthew Ragsdale, trumpet, freelances throughout the New York area, performing opera, orchestra and chamber music. In 1995, he completed a 5-month NEA residency with the Encore Brass Quintet, whose highlights included live performances on High Plains Public Radio and WNYC's Around New York, in addition to the world and NY premieres of Katherine Hoover's Sonata. He has performed with the Sarasota (FL) Opera, the Jupiter Symphony, the Garden State Philharmonic, Amor Artis and the Westchester Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Four Tops, the Temptations, and the Duprees.

Tim McCarthy, French horn, performs regularly throughout the New York area with numerous orchestras, opera companies, contemporary music and chamber ensembles.   He has served as principal horn with the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, Gateway Classical Music Society, Blue Hill Troupe, Orchestra of the Bronx and Bronx Opera.  A founding member of the Elysium Brass, Mr. McCarthy has frequently collaborated with many chamber ensembles including the New York Philomusica, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Pastiche, and the Doansburg Chamber Ensemble.  Mr. McCarthy has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of the Bronx and in recital abroad in the United Kingdom and Poland as well as in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.  He can be heard on a number of recordings encompassing a wide variety of musical genres ranging from classical to pop to contemporary; he has also premiered numerous works on the Koch, Mode Records, and Newport Classics labels.  Currently, Mr. McCarthy is a faculty member at The Children’s Orchestra Society in Manhasset, NY and at the Third Street Music School Settlement in Manhattan.

Dale Turk, bass trombone, has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival, the New York Pops, the New Philharmonia of New Jersey, the Queens Symphony Orchestra and the Bronx Symphony Orchestra. He has toured with the bands of Gerry Mulligan and Lionel Hampton and productions of the Broadway shows Nunsense and Les Miserables. Freelancing in the New York area includes substituting in many Broadway pits and recording with Ray Barretto and David Byrne. A versatile performer, Dale also plays tuba, baritone, and tenor trombone. He is on the faculty of the Mannes College Preparatory Division.


All concerts are on Sunday at 3 PM

at the Saugerties United Methodist Church

on the corner of Washington Avenue & Post Street

Admission $12 - Seniors $10 - Students Free

Season Tickets $50.00 (8 concerts)

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