NMM’s "Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful" exhibit opens at Carolina Music Museum

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Visitors to the Carolina Music Museum, in Greenville, South Carolina, can listen and learn about the best-known member of the brasswind family during an exclusive exhibition of Trumpets Weird and Wonderful—Treasures from the National Music Museum. The collection features more than 40 historic instruments from the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, on loan from the National Music Museum (NMM), in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Trumpets Weird and Wonderful includes both Western and non-Western instruments dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and relays the captivating stories of how brasswind instruments function in varying cultures, religions, and national identities. Dr. Sabine Klaus, the Joe & Joella Utley Curator of Brass Instruments at the National Music Museum and Professor of Music at the University of South Dakota, serves as Guest Curator for the exhibition. ““From Swiss alphorns and Israeli shofars to German hunting horns and jazz trumpets—this fascinating exhibition is an exploration of the aesthetics of the trumpet across a wide spectrum of cultures and technological practices,” said Dr. Klaus.

This exhibition is especially meaningful given its proximity to the Utley family home. The late Joe and Joella Utley, both Spartanburg-area physicians, were deeply involved in the Upstate’s music culture and served on several boards, including the Spartanburg Symphony Orchestra, the Spartanburg Music Foundation, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and Brevard Music Center. Joella received a Master of Music in Musicology from Converse College in 2007.

Trumpets Weird and Wonderful is an NMM touring exhibit and made its first stop last year at the Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey. Enjoy Trumpets Weird and Wonderful at the Carolina Music Museum through May 31, 2020. Additional information at www.carolinamusicmuseum.org.