Jan. 24, 2018
The Seraph Brass Quintet will be the fifth concert in Saint Vincent College’s 46th Concert Series season at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica on the campus of Saint Vincent College.
A free reception will follow the concert.
Seraph Brass is a dynamic brass quintet drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players. Committed to engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works and well-known classics. Seraph released their debut studio album, Asteria, on Summit Records in January 2018.
Seraph Brass has toured throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. They have performed multiple concerts at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland and they were the featured ensemble at the International Women’s Brass Conference. Seraph has performed concerts at the Forum Cultural Guanajuato in León, Mexico, Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago, Gettysburg Concert Association, Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, SUNY Cortland, Jamestown Concert Association, and they have toured extensively as Allied Concert Services artists. Seraph is on the roster of the Manhattan Music Ensemble. They performed with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble, performing Rick DeJonge’s Prelude and Fantasy under the direction of Joseph Higgins. Many members of Seraph Brass have performed with Adele on her 2016 North American tour.
Enthusiastic about education, Seraph has developed strong relationships with Venezuelan “El Sistema” programs in Philadelphia and Washington D.C., performing fundraising concerts for Play-On Philly! and Bridges: Music Through Harmony. Seraph has given residencies at Stephen F. Austin University, University of Virginia, Wittenberg University, Western Illinois Universities, Penn State Erie and the Dreyfoos School of the Arts (FL). This season they will give residencies and performances at Eastern Illinois University, Marywood University and Metropolitan State University of Denver among others.
Committed to commissioning new works, Seraph commissioned and premiered “Wolf” for solo soprano and brass quintet from Philadelphia-based composer, Joseph Hallman. Seraph has commissioned new works by Catherine McMichael and Rene Orth, featured on Asteria. Seraph has also premiered Lucy Pankhurt’s Ouroboros with euphonium soloist Hélène Escriva at the International Women’s Brass Conference. Seraph also has many original arrangements by trumpeter Jeff Luke, featured on Asteria and Seraph Brass Live!
Members of Seraph Brass have performed with such esteemed ensembles as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Musicians from Marlboro, Luzern Music Festival in Switzerland, National Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea and Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. They hold positions in the Richmond Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Artosphere Orchestra, Tennessee Tech University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Louisiana State University, University of Richmond and North Carolina School of the Arts.
Further information and reservations are available by contacting the Concert Series box office at 724 805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu. Season tickets are available for $130 (seven premium seats), flex passes are $140 (seven admissions) and single tickets are $25. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before each concert.
Photo: Seraph Brass Quintet
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