The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s first Brass Day will feature the principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin native Andrew Balio, who will lead sessions on brass during the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th St.

Andrew Balio

Balio

Balio made his solo debut with the Milwaukee Symphony and has since performed trumpet solos in locales around the world, including Lithuania, Russia, Italy and Brazil. Balio and his wife, Laura, recently launched the Future Symphony Institute. Its mission is to increase accessibility while maintaining the heritage of symphony music.

Brass Day will feature instruction on breathing techniques, master classes and brass ensemble rehearsal along with a performance by Balio. The event, which planners hope to hold annually, is sponsored by the UW-L College of Liberal Studies and Department of Music.

Admission is $5 and includes lunch and a T-shirt. The day targets musicians from middle school on up. To register or for more information, visit www.uwlax.edu/music or call Tom Seddon at 608-785-8411.

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Randy Erickson covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or randy.erickson@lee.net.

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