By Cody Willoughby
TROY — The Western Ohio Tuba Quartet performed live at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center on Tuesday, presented as a part of the facility’s Drawing Room Chamber series. The program began at 7:30 p.m., and was free to the public.
The four members of the quartet – Michael Gallehue, Francis Laws, Denny Seifried, and Ted Shuttleworth – are all experienced performers with retired careers in music education around the Midwest. The quartet consist of two euphoniums, played by Laws and Shuttleworth, and two bass tubas, played by Gallehue and Seifried.
A variety of musical stylings were performed, including arrangements from classical composers such as Mozart, Gabrieli, and Tchaikovsky, as well as modern American stylings, such as jazz and marches.
“What makes this set so special is that every piece is so different from the last,” Laws said. “Whether it’s a Renaissance piece, or a polka, or just an original composition created for the ensemble, the variety of the selections is really the neatest part.”
“We rehearse regularly, but we only perform about ten times a year,” said Gallehue. “It’s an unusual grouping of instruments. I think people enjoy the shows, because we aim for unique and beautiful music, and because it’s sort of a curiosity to hear music from instruments that you don’t normally hear playing the kind of pieces that we play. You don’t hear tubas playing the overture to ‘The Magic Flute’ very often.”
Overall, the quartet has had a positive experience in its history of performing for the Troy community, particularly in regards to Hayner as a venue.
“This is our fourth year at Hayner in a row.” Gallehue said. “The first year we came in January, and the rest of the shows have been in late November.”
“It’s a really great place to play.” said Laws. “It’s wonderful that this community has something like this. Not every town has this kind of facility or this kind of attitude toward the arts.”
The program’s open admission was made possible by local sponsors and citizens of Troy.
For more information on events at Hayner, visit www.troyhayner.org.