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    Concert to provide a mixture of two worlds

    An international sound will be making its way to the UA.

    Trombones de Costa Rica will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 in Crowder Hall.

    The group consists of four trombone players, playing three tenor trombones and one bass trombone.

    “”They’re all either trombone professors at conservatories in Costa Rica or they play in the national symphony in Costa Rica,”” said Moises Paiewonsky, UA trombone professor.

    The group was discovered by the Edwards Instrument Company, which now sponsors and helps the performers share their music with the world.

    “”They’ve kind of been on an international whirlwind of touring,”” Paiewonsky said.

    Paiewonsky has met the members of the group, and said they are the sweetest guys you could ever meet.

    “”I met them at an international trombone conference,”” he said, “”They’re fun, but they’re not rambunctious. They’re very down to earth and humble, and very charming.””

    The quartet will bring an international flair to the UA campus.

    “”When they do their concerts, they play in a very tight arc and they play all of their music from memory,”” he said. “”It’s a very homogenous sound. Their showmanship and their stage presence is extremely impressive.””

    In addition to their stage presence, their program will feature a blend of classical and Costa Rican music.

    “”They play both the traditional Western symphonic music: Bach, Brahms and that kind of thing,”” Paiewonsky said. “”They also play a lot of indigenous Costa Rican music; mainly they play sambas. That makes their performances really exciting, because you get a mix of all of that.””

    Paiewonsky said his favorite piece, “”Motivos,”” is an example of their whole concert on a smaller scale.

    “”It’s got a fairly rhythmic, but rather traditional first movement,”” he said, “”And a really slow beautiful lyrical second movement. The third movement is like a samba, with percussion and a samba whistle. It’s really fun.””

    Paiewonsky hopes valuable ideas can be taken away from the concert.

    “”My main objective is for people to understand that as musicians and professional artists, you have to be versatile,”” Paiewonsky said. “”These guys are a great example of that.””

    He also wants the audience to gain a sense of global awareness from the quartet’s performance.

    “”It’ll kind of demonstrate that there are some pretty darn good musicians in a country as small and maybe underdeveloped as Costa Rica,”” he said. “”I think that that kind of cultural awareness will be a good factor.””

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