Saturday, January 21, 8 pm
Smith Theatre, Horowitz Center
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 549
Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino
Giménez: Intermedio (La Boda de Luis Alonso)
Montsalvatge: Questions and Answers
Lafosse: Suite Impromtu
Mores/Gardel/Maderna: Three Milongas
Caens (arr.): Piaff Forever
Piqueras: De Cai
Morgan: The Sidewinder
In 1989 five Spanish musicians created Spanish Brass—an innovative project that quickly gained world renown for its performances, educational activities and creative collaborations. After they won the First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, trumpeter Bernard Soustrot said, “Of all the First Prize winners of the Narbonne Competition, the Spanish Brass is the best since the competition was founded in 1986.”
Spanish Brass has given hundreds of concerts across the globe, in such prestigious events and venues as the Great American Brass Band Festival, New York Brass Conference, Juilliard School of Music, Ithaca College, Festival de Musique de Radio-France, Granada International Festival, Lucerne Festival, Cheju Summer Festival (Korea), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), National Auditorium (Madrid), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), Kalavrita Festival (Greece), International Horn Society, Merano Brass Festival and Trento Philharmonic (Italy), Barcelona Auditorium, Festival de Inverno de Brasília, and countless others.
With their versatile programming and state-of-the-art staging, SPANISH BRASS has created such shows as 25 years! (brass quintet), Metàl•lics and Brass Brass Brass (educational concerts), Brassiana (with jazz trio), Make a Brazz Noise Here (a tribute to Frank Zappa), Les Aventures de Monsieur Jules (with pianist Albert Guinovart) and Metalls d’Estil (with singer Pep “Botifarra”). They have recorded 20 CDs, including the double CD "The Best of Spanish Brass," and a DVD-CD.
Spanish Brass has been in the forefront of international music education, giving courses and master-classes with the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, the Youth Orchestras of Catalonia, Valencia, Andalucía and Madrid, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Trumpet Lounge (Japan), the Showa School for Performing Arts (Japan), Lieksa Brass Week (Finland), the Eastman School of Music, University of Georgia, Venezuelan Youth Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School (England), International Winter Music Festival of Brasilia (Brazil), Ibero-American Cultural Festival (Puerto Rico), etc.
Spanish Brass also runs three major brass festivals in Spain, the SBALZ Festival in Alzira (www.sbalz.com), the Spanish BrasSurround (www.brassurround.com) and the Brass and Wines (www.brassandwines.com).
A sampling of their international accolades includes: “They are one of the world´s finest brass quintets ranking up there with Empire Brass, Canadian Brass and American Brass” (Greg Alley); “One of the most exciting and artistic brass quintets to come on the scene in recent years … a gloriously brilliant performance” (International Trumpet Guild Journal); “They play with amazing cohesion, and set the highest standard for brass chamber music” (Maurice André, trumpeter); and “I cannot think of a better brass quintet in the whole world” (Christian Lindberg, trombonist).
Spanish Brass currently teaches at the Berklee College of Music in Valencia (Spain).
They are sponsored by Buffet Group and play with B&S trumpets, Hans Hoyer horn, Courtois trombone and Melton tuba.
Spanish Brass is sponsored also by Culturarts/Música-Generalitat Valenciana and by the Ministerio de Cultura-INAEM.
Carlos Benetó Grau- Trumpet
Juanjo Serna Salvador- Trumpet
Manuel Pérez Ortega- Horn
Indalecio Bonet Manrique- Trombone
Sergio Finca Quirós- Tuba