The Westerlies, blow into Danville with Norton Center performance

Danville, Kentucky — The Westerlies, a New York-based brass quartet comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle, Washington, will be blowing into town on October 5th to perform at the Norton Center’s Weisiger Theatre. Named after the prevailing winds from the West to the East, Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler on trumpet, alongside Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone explore classical, jazz, and roots music influences. Their hybrid of styles produces music that is both, “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). Equally at home in concert halls and living rooms, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.

“Don’t try to put a label on this brass quartet,” warned Steve Hoffman, Norton Center executive director. “Masterful musicians who write their own melodic compositions, arrange classical and jazz favorites, and keep their audiences entertained, these guys exude more fun and skill than any quartet of trumpets and trombones out there!”

The ensemble has produced two critically acclaimed albums, Wish the Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz (Songlines), and a double-CD of primarily original compositions, The Westerlies (Songlines), and have been featured on recording by other artists such as Fleet Foxes (Nonesuch) and Dave Douglas (Greenleaf). This season will also mark the release of several new collaborative recordings with artists such as Theo Bleckmann and Vuyo Sotashe.

Besides their musical talents, The Westerlies also utilize their long-standing friendships to form a heart-driven non-profit geared to, “enrich a bold and personal chamber music experience in both local and global communities.” This “accidental brass quartet” uses their resources and time to fund art programs, as well as offer their own educational outreach programs such as lectures, masterclasses, extended ensemble coaching, brass boot camp, improvisation and college audition workshops, composer forums, side-by-side performances, and even classes on the business of music. This ability to charismatically engage their audience will ensure a riveting performance from start to finish … or as The Westerlies would say, from the West to the East.

The Westerlies will be in concert at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts on Friday, October 5 at 8:00 PM in Weisiger Theatre. Tickets start at $29, and are available at or by calling the box office at 1-877-HIT-SHOW. 

Weisiger Theatre performances are sponsored by Stuart Powell.

About Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts
The Norton Center is home to an annual performing arts season of professional touring presentations. It is also the primary venue on campus for music and theatrical productions, lectures, other convocations and live student entertainment. The Norton Center has two venues: the 1,470-seat Newlin Hall, known for its acoustics, and the warm and intimate 367-seat Weisiger Theatre. The Norton Center also boasts a large art collection with many of the works on display in the Grand Foyer and throughout campus.
For more information, contact the Box Office at 859-236-4692 or Toll Free at 1-877-HIT-SHOW (448-7469). To buy tickets online, request a brochure, or for additional information on other performing artists, please visit For insider information and updates from our performers this season, follow us on Twitter (, become a fan of the Norton Center on Facebook (, or find the Center on Instagram (nortoncenterky).
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