The concert, the fourth of the 2013-14 Friends of Good Music season, is among a number of events taking place at the Quick Center over the holidays. Other activities include the second annual campus Crèche Walk, also scheduled for Dec. 13, just prior to the concert; the Dec. 4 lighting of the Quick Center’s giant Christmas tree; and a free concert by the university Music Department on Dec. 5.
Spanish Brass, founded in 1989, rose to the top of its genre in 1996 when it won the Narbonne International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. Their music has been called sheer poetry.
In the past two decades, Spanish Brass, also known as Spanish Brass Luur Metalls, has established itself as one of the world’s finest brass quintets, often mentioned in the same breath as the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass Quintet.
The ensemble is known for its virtuosity, the wide variety of its programs, and for always maintaining the highest artistic standards. Each of its concerts — from Hong Kong to New York, from Krakow to Verona, and from Kiev to Lisbon — confirms the group’s special ability to delight their ever-growing legions of fans and admirers.
Friends of Good Music invited the ensemble to return for this year’s Holiday Concert after the group’s great success as the opening concert of the 2008-09 Friends season. The quintet will perform popular favorites and holiday music from several continents.
Prior to the concert, the Quick Center will hold its annual Crèche Walk to view the university’s collection of crèches from around the world. Participants in the walk will meet at 6 p.m. in the atrium of the Quick Center.
The first stop on the walk is the Quick Center’s Winifred Shortell Kenney Gallery to view the exhibition “Tidings of Great Joy,” featuring many of the crèches from the collection. Then, led by carolers from Portville High School, participants will walk together to the University Chapel, where additional crèches are on display on the side altars. There will be more caroling and an opportunity to give Christmas reflections.
The group will return to the Quick Center where hot cider and Christmas cookies will be served.
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, prior to Theatreworks USA’s 6:30 p.m. performance of “A Christmas Carol,” local schoolchildren attending the performance will gather for the lighting of the Quick Center’s giant indoor Christmas tree. The theme of this year’s tree decorations is “Under the Sea, a reference to the Quick Center’s ongoing photo exhibition “Pearls, Tears of the Sea,” by Barbara Luisi. That exhibition has been extended until Jan. 10, 2014.
Rounding out the holiday programming will be the St. Bonaventure Music Department’s annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Quick Center offers something for everyone this time of year, said Executive Director Ludwig Brunner, “from the schoolchildren marveling at the tall Christmas tree and enjoying the Theatreworks USA interpretation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ to everyone in the family listening to the sounds of the holidays with Spanish Brass and ending with a quiet reflection while viewing the many crèches in our collection. We invite people of all ages to visit the Quick Center during the holidays.”
For tickets to Spanish Brass and information about any events, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
For this and all other performances, the museum galleries will open one hour before the start of the performance and remain open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. Visit The Quick Arts Center at www.sbu.edu.