KrisAnn Sullivan
Frank House director, 308.865.8284 OR sullivankw@unk.edu

Loper Low Brass, the University of Nebraska at Kearney low brass ensemble, will perform at the Frank House at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday (March 10).

According to ensemble director Dr. Seth Fletcher, the program will be an eclectic mix of music of various styles from the Classical Period to 20th Century jazz and funk.

“Shortly after I arrived on campus (2009), I was contacted by KrisAnn Sullivan asking if I had a group that would be interested in playing, and, of course, I did,” said Dr. Fletcher, a UNK senior lecturer in music. “It’s a tradition we hope to continue!”

Frank House Architect George William Frank, himself a musician, designed rooms on the first floor with coved (as in the library and drawing rooms) and coffered (in the grand hall) ceilings, making the rooms acoustically sound.

“Hearing and seeing the house full of tubas and euphoniums is just a great experience,” Dr. Fletcher said. “The entire house resonates when we play, and it’s as if you’re swimming in sound.”

Loper Low Brass members, listed alphabetically by hometown, are: Michael Crawford, Broken Bow; Tommy Augustine, Crofton; Patience Buck and Eric Rempe, Grand Island; Brock Persson and Zach Marghem, Kearney; Jonathan Hunzeker and Vergil Nelson, Minden; Mark Messner, Ogallala; Paula Newhouse, Omaha; and Lee Rushing, Marion, Ark.

While the Loper Low Brass performance is free and open to the public, KrisAnn Sullivan, Frank House director, noted: “Donations helped refurbish the master bed chamber area and will be put to good use as we begin the other planned improvement projects in the Frank House. Saturday at the Frank House educational program volunteers help make the public aware of the needs of the house and the public responds. Donations are always appreciated in support of the Frank House.”

Information about Loper Low Brass, including photographs and steaming music, can be found online at: www.EuphoniumUnlimited.com
Upcoming Saturday at the Frank House events include: March 31, “19th Century Gardening for 21st Century Wildlife”; April 7, “Frank House Easter Egg Hunt”; April 14, “Titanic: 100 Year Anniversary Displays”; April 21, “Spring String Concert”; April 28 “Fencing Like the Franks”; and May 5, “Flutes at the Frank House.”

The Frank House is open 2-5 p.m. Monday – Friday and noon – 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Guided tours are available. The mansion will be
closed March 18-25 during spring break and May 26-28 for Memorial Day.

For more information on the Frank House and Frank House events, visit: www.frankhouse.org.