Thomas Strauss
with Trinkle Brass Works: November 1, 2015


Thomas Strauss, born in 1965 in Lugwigshafen, Germany, received his early musical education at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, France. He attended the State Academy of Music at Freiburg, studying organ, piano, and conducting and holds the A-Exam, the highest church music degree available in Germany. Thomas is the recipient of major prizes in both the National Young Musicians Competition of Germany and the Strasbourg Conservatory Organ Competition.

Since 1993, Strauss has been the cantor and organist/choir director at St. John the Baptist in Oppenau (Black Forest region), and in 1995, he founded the Bach Consortium and the Bach Chor-Ortenau, which presents not only larger oratorios such as the St. Matthew Passion and the B-Minor

Mass, but a cappella and contemporary music. As artistic director, Strauss founded the "festival of classical music" in 1997 and directed the Oberkirch Chamber Choir from 2003 to 2007. He performs regularly as harpsichordist with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn.

Mr.Strauss has performed in numerous television and radio broadcasts throughout Europe and has presented organ recitals in Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, and in the United States. He has recorded with the "hr-brass," a group composed of instrumentalists from the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, with the Datura Quartet, and with Hans Jügen Hufeisen, blockflöte.


Orchestersuite No. 3, BWV 1068: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Transcription by Marie Claire Alain

Grave - Allego - Grave
Gavotte I
Gavotte II
Gavotte I

Symphony from "Fairy Queen": Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Arranged by David Marlatt


Awake the Trumpet's Lofty Sound: Georg Frederic Handel (1685-1759)
Arranged by David Marlatt

Fantasie and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542: Johann Sebastian Bach

Andante in F Major, KV 616: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) "for a cylinder on a small organ"

Toccata "After Frescobaldi": Gaspar Cassada (1887-1966)

Sinfonia: Giuseppi Torelli (1658-1709)

Adagio - Allegro - Adagio

March Triomphale: Jean Françaix (1912-1997)


Trinkle Brass Works

Performing since 1977, Trinkle Brass Works continues to delight audiences with virtuosity, adventurous programming and a sense of humor; hallmarks of every Trinkle Brass Works performance. From Tielman Susato to Astor Piazzolla and from J.S. Bach to Claude Bolling, presentations are uniquely blended with works from the Renaissance and Baroque eras performed on authentic period instruments to newly commissioned works performed on modern instruments.

TBW has performed under the WESTAF, Arts Midwest, and Southern States touring programs and has received three awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. The mission of Trinkle Brass Works is to promote brass and percussion chamber music through performances, residencies, and the commissioning of new music. Trinkle Brass Works ensembles play music that satisfies, amuses and enlightens.

Steven Trinkle, trumpet, has performed as a trumpeter in orchestras in the United States, Italy and Venezuela including the Houston Symphony, the Augusta Symphony, the Kansas City Philharmonic, the Shreveport Symphony, the Orchestra Sinfonica dalla Radiotelevisione ltaliana and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo. A professor at several universities and colleges, many of his former students are playing professionally and teaching in colleges and public schools throughout the United States and South America. As a conductor, ensembles under his direction have toured the US, Switzerland, Italy and Brazil.

Gary Malvern, trumpet, has traveled throughout the world as a soloist and section member performing with the National Repertory Orchestra, and the American Wind Symphony. Malvern performances also include the position of principal trumpet with the Greenville Symphony, performances at the Spoleto Festival, playing with the Aurora Brass Quintet, and appearing as a regional clinician and soloist. Dr. Malvern is trumpet instructor for the South Carolina Governor's School of the Arts and is on the faculty at Furman University.

Known for his work in modern and historical brass instruments {piccolo trumpet, keyed bugle, saxhorn, natural trumpet and cornetto), Bruce Barrie, trumpet, and has recorded more than sixteen CDs with the Chestnut Brass Company. Solo natural trumpet on the critically acclaimed Buxtehude Project (PGM), Dr. Barrie is solo trumpet on the widely praised Naxos recording of the chamber music of George Antheil and has been a soloist with the Boulder Bach Festival, Philadelphia Classical Orchestra, Concerto Soloists and the Princeton Bach Festival. He has performed with the Mont Alto silent movie orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra as well as Boulder Brass and Denver Brass.

Kevin Tague, trumpet, has performed extensively throughout North America in both classical and jazz settings. He can be heard as principal trumpet on the 2011 Albany Records release Beethoven 7 & 7.1 by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra as well as lead trumpet on the 2013 album Grass is Greener by the Adam Bartczak Republic. He holds degrees from DePaul University and the University of Denver and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Timpanist, Eugenie Burkett has performed with the Kansas City Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica RAI (Turin, Italy}, Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo (Venezuela), the Augusta (GA} Symphony and is a co-founder of Trinkle Brass Works, a chamber ensemble performing under the WESTAF and Arts Midwest Tour Trinkle Brass Works. Dr. Burkett is on the Music Faculty at UNLV.

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