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 October 26th, 2015 :: HDBE Concert at Christ & St. Stephen's Church
 Hora Decima will present a concert featuring trombone virtuoso JOEL VAISSE performing the U.S. premiere of "Contrastes" by Thierry Caens. Mr. Vaisse is the former principal trombone with the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre National de France. Christ & St. Stephen's Church 120 West 69th Street (between Broadway & Columbus) $20 Contribution Monday October 26th at 8:00 PM


 November 4th, 2013 :: 20th Anniversary Concert
 Has it really been 20 years? It seems like only a short time ago that Hora Decima began presenting brass concerts. Over those twenty years we have featured guest artists Joseph Alessi, Alan Baer, James Markey, and David Taylor, and commissioned composers Todd Bashore, John Cheetham, Jeff Fairbanks, David Matthews, and Bob Mintzer and presented world premieres of their works. Audiences have been exposed to the majesty and beauty of music for brass instruments. Come celebrate our 20th anniversary at Christ & St. Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th Street, at 7:00 PM on Monday November 4th. Admission is by contribution ($20 requested.) This anniversary concert will feature the rarely performed Nonet for Brass by Alec Wilder (for EIGHT horns and tuba!), the world premiere of Lynn Welshman's Fantasia, and the Hora Decima commission Three Dances by Jeff Fairbanks. Other works by Bach, Bernstein, Lauridsen, Piston, Reitsteter, and Thompson. Thanks! Dave


 August 1st, 2013 :: Alan Baer joins HD board
 Alan Baer, principal tubist with the NY Philharmonic, has agreed to join the Hora Decima Board of Directors. Thanks Alan!


 November 15th, 2010 :: Hora Decima concert
 The Hora Decima Brass Ensemble will present their Fall 2010 concert on: Monday November 15th at 7:00 PM at Christ & St. Stephen's Church 120 West 69th St. (Bet. Bway & Columbus.) Admission is by Contribution ($15 suggested) Subway: Broadway #1,2,3, & 9 trains to West 72nd St. We are proud to announce that Alan Baer, principal tuba with the NY Philharmonic, will be guest solo artist. He will perform Koetsier's "Don Giovannis Hollenfahrt" and a new arrangement of "The Virgen of Macarena" (the tune made famous by trumpeter Rafael Mendez.) Also on the program will be works by Bob Mintzer, Rich Shemaria, Bach, Gabrielli, Mendelssohn, and two world premieres: "Manhattan Scapes" by David Matthews, and "Three Dances" by Jeff Fairbanks. Call 646-373-5372 for more info. Come thrill to the sounds of one of America's finest large brass ensembles and one of the world's leading tuba virtuosos.


 October 26th, 2008 :: Hora Decima presents the world premiere of
 On Sunday October 26, 2008 at 7 PM Hora Decima will present the world premiere of "Layers" by international jazz star Bob Mintzer (a Hora Decima commission.) "Layers" features Latin-jazz phrasing, improvised solos, and a big band brass sound. The concert will take place at Christ & St. Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th Street between Broadway and Columbus Ave. Take the #1 Broadway local train to the West 66th Street (Lincoln Center) stop. Also on the program will be "Eclectix" by John Cheetham (another Hora Decima commission), "Siboney" by Ernesto Lecuona (this arrangement by Todd Bashore is also commissioned by Hora Decima), "Kyrie" from the B minor Mass of J.S. Bach (a stunning jazz arrangement by David Mathews), and other works by Walton, Hogg, Mendez, Laurisden, and Corigliano. Come hear one of America's greatest brass ensembles perform exciting and rarely heard music for brass and percussion.


 December 3rd, 2007 :: new commission
 Hora Decima is proud to announce that we have commissioned noted composer Bob Minzer to write an original work for us. "Layers" has been completed, and we have begun rehearsing it. We are very excited to have this association with Bob Mintzer, and we will let you know when we will present the world premiere performance.


 November 14th, 2007 :: memorial service
 There will be a memorial service for trombonist Gerry Chamberlain (a founding member of Hora Decima) on Wednesday November 14th from 5-6 PM at Local 802 A.F. of M. 322 West 48th Street in NYC. There will be music by the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble and trombone choir, and friends will share their memories of him. In honor of Gerry's love of Latin music, we have commissioned Todd Bashore of the Chico O'Farrll Latin Jazz Orchestra to write an arrangement of Ernesto Lecuona's "Siboney" especially for this service. For further information call (845)352-3566.


 July 22nd, 2007 :: obituary
 It is with sadness that we must report the passing of trombonist Gerry Chamberlain. Gerry was a founding member of Hora Decima and played in both the big brass group and the trombone choir for several years. A native of Refugio, Texas, Gerry toured with Ten Wheel Drive, Buddy Rich, and Woody Herman. He was a major player in the NY recording studios and played in many Broadway shows, including the long run of Cats. Gerry loved Latin music. He is most proud of his work with the Mario Bauza Latin-Jazz Orchestra. A memorial service is planned for New York in the fall. R.I.P. Gerry.


 April 22nd, 2007 :: Spring concert
 Hora Decima will feature the WORLD PREMIER of "Eclectix" by noted composer John Cheetham ( a Hora Decima commission) at a concert of music for 17 Brass and Percussion players on Sunday 4/22 at 7PM at Christ & St. Stephen's Church (120 West 69th Street between Broadway and Columbus in Manhattan.) Other composers to be performed: Bernstein, Byrd, Gabrieli, Koetsier (David Schneck, trumpet soloist), Reed, and Shostakovich. Admission is by contribution ($15 requested). Come hear the glorious sounds of Hora Decima, hailed by the American Record Guide for its "superb ensemble...excellent blend and expression."


 February 26th, 2007 :: Concert at New Jersey City University
 Hora Decima has been invited to perform at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ. The concert will be held on Monday 2/26 at 7PM and is FREE and open to the public. Included will be works by Bach, Cheetham, Gabrieli, Koetsier, Ravel, Starer, and Shostakovich. David Schneck, on trumpet, and Michelle Haim, on French horn, wi ll be featrured soloists. Our performance will be part of the Great Performers Series, coordinated by Dr. Edward Joffe. It will be held in Ingalls Recital Hall (Rossey 101). The address of New Jersey City University is 2039 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ. Tell your friends, colleagues, and students that a FREE Hora Decima concert is coming to New Jersey!


 October 10th, 2006 :: First Hora Decima commission
 Hora Decima has just commissioned composer John Cheetham to write a piece for our ensemble. "Eclectix" for brass choir and percussion will be premiered in the spring. Cheetham has written many other wonderful works for brass, and we have already performed his "Keystone Celebration" and "Reflections and Rattledance." Stay tuned for concert information.


 March 12th, 2006 :: concert at Christ & St. Stephen's Church
 Hora Decima will present a concert of works for sixteen brass and percussion players on Sunday March 12, 2006 at 7PM at Christ & St. Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th St. in Manhattan. Works by Bernstein, Berlioz, Britten, Cheetham, Grieg, Husa, Tull, and Wagner. Come see one of the premier large brass ensembles in America, the group that is hailed by the American Record Guide for its "superb ensemble... excellent blend and expression." Admission by contribution ($15 appreciated) IRT #1, #2, or #3 trains to West 72nd Street Call (845)352-3566 for further information


 February 5th, 2006 :: 2/5 concert postponed
 The Hora Decima concert scheduled for Sunday February 5th at 7PM has been postponed due to a conflict with the Super Bowl. New Date and time to be announced shortly. Stay tuned!


 June 26th, 2005 :: Spring Concert
 Hora Decima will present a Spring concert on Sunday June 26, 2005 at 7PM at Christ & St. Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th Street in NYC. The concert will include works by Barber, Tomasi, Holst, and others. Featured on the program will be trumpeter Dominic Derasse performing the New York premier of Anthony Plog's "Concerto No. 1." Admission is by contribution.


 July 1st, 2004 :: CD review
 Hora Decima's debut received it's first review in the July 2004 issue of the ITA Journal. Reviewer Kevin Chiarizzio wrote that we had a "big, balanced, and controlled sound." Our presentation was "precise and tasteful". He goes on to say that our CD is "definitely recommended listening" that "one should make a point to hear."


 May 12th, 2004 :: Benefit concert
 Hora Decima will perform a concert on Wednesday May 12, 2004 at 6PM in the Club Room of Local 802, 322 West 48th Street in Manhattan,to benefit the Julia Fund. The program: Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet arranged for 8 trombones by Charlie Small. Alec Wilder - Nonet for Brass (8 horns and tuba) Shostakovich- Concertino arr. for brass ensemble by Michael Allen also various pieces for French horn ensemble with invited guests ADMISSION IS FREE Contribtions to the Julia Fund are encouraged 6PM Wednesday May 12 Local 802 Club Room 322 West 48th Street Come out to hear some great brass music and support a worthy cause at the same time!


 February 28th, 2004 :: Hora Decima website up and running
 Internet nearly disabled as music fans rush to new Hora Decima website.


 January 6th, 2004 :: CD release
 Hora Decima debut CD on Summit Records is officially released. Enthusiastic fans flood local record shops.


 

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