Award-winning Spanish brass quintet to perform at TTU
The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-hosted by the TTU department of music and art and Center Stage.
In 1989, five Spanish musicians created Spanish Brass, an innovative project that quickly gained world renown for its performances, educational activities and creative collaborations. They won first prize in the 1996 Narbonne International Brass Quintet Competition in France, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, and have recorded more than a dozen CDs and DVDs.
“We are truly delighted to be able to bring this world-renowned group to Cookeville to perform for our students and the community,” said TTU trombone professor Joshua Hauser. “I had the opportunity to meet them and hear them perform several years ago and Spanish Brass put on an amazing show. Their technique and musicality is unmatched and I am extremely honored that they will be performing my composition on this tour.”
In addition to an original composition by Hauser, the group will perform pieces ranging from Baroque works by George Friedrich Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach, to Romantic Era compositions by Enrique Granados, Isaac Elbéniz, and Tomás Bretón, and contemporary works by Hauser, John Stevens, Ramón Cardo and Pascual Piqueras. They will perform jazz standards by Antônio Carlos Jobim, Lee Morgan and Fats Waller.
Members of Spanish Brass are Carlos Benetó and Juanjo Serna on trumpet, Manuel Perez on horn, trombonist Inda Bonet, and Sergio Finca on tuba.
From chamber music series to brass festivals and guest appearances with symphonies, Spanish Brass has given hundreds of concerts. They have performed at the Great American Brass Band Festival, the New York Brass Conference, and in festivals in France, South Korea, Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy and Brazil.