Spanish Brass at Bona's QCA

Friends of Good Music, in association with The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, will open its 2008-09 concert season with the award-winning group Spanish Brass at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the The Quick Center.

This marks the start of Friends of Good Music’s 27th concert season and the fourth season in partnership with The Quick Center.

Since winning the Narbonne International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, Spanish Brass has recorded more than a dozen CDs and given hundreds of concerts across the globe. Their credits include the Festival de Musique de Radio France, the Great American Brass Band Festival, New York Brass Conference, Granada International Festival, Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Cheju Summer Festival (Korea), Schleswig-Holstein Festival (Germany), Kalavrita Festival (Greece), Merano Brass Festival (Italy), Festival de Inverno de Brasilia, and countless others.

The versatile and creative programming of Spanish Brass breaks the boundaries between pop, classical, Latin and traditional music. Besides the evocative music of Spain, their repertoire includes Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Chick Corea, Ant┼Ćnio Carlos Jobim, Paquito D’Rivera – not to mention Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces and pieces written especially for them by some of the world’s leading contemporary composers.

This concert is being presented to celebrate Hispanic History Month, said Joseph A. LoSchiavo, associate vice president and executive director of The Quick Center.

“This season we planned exhibitions and performances that illustrate not only the great diversity in world cultures but also the synergy they create when they interact,” said LoSchiavo. “Contemporary Latin American culture carries the heritage of the Maya and other native peoples together with a European heritage from Spain. We hope our audience will take the opportunity to experience a bit of

both worlds by coming early to view ‘Art of Sky, Art of Earth: Maya Cosmic Imagery,’ now on view in the Kenney Gallery, before hearing the great Spanish Brass.”

This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. Subscription tickets for the entire season are still available. For subscriptions, single tickets and information, call The Quick Center for the Arts at (716) 375-2494.

For each Friends of Good Music performance, the center will open its galleries one hour before show time and they will remain open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Members of Spanish Brass are (from left) Indalcio Bonet Manrique, trombone; Carlos Beneto Grau, trumpet; Manolo Perez Ortega, horn; Juanjo Serna Salvador, trumpet; and Sergio Finca Quiros, tuba.
(Photo Courtesy of St. Bonaventure University)


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