Guest Artists: Mirari Brass Quintet

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
8:00 PM
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  The Mirari Brass Quintet has toured all across the United States, performing at concert halls, universities, schools, and churches.  Described as "full of contagious musical expression", "flawless, energetic, and captivating", and "an aural and visual treat guaranteed to please", the Mirari Brass Quintet is comprised of five friends who truly believe in the intrinsic value of music in the world.  They seek to inspire, challenge, and delight audiences of all ages.  Performances are programmed with music from a myriad of genres in order to share something unique and exciting with listeners.  A Mirari audience can expect to hear works from the Renaissance to the Contemporary – including Latin, Jazz, and music from across the world.


Members of the Mirari Brass have performed with musical groups around the world, including the Indianapolis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Freiburg ORSO Philharmonic, and Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, and have worked with artists and conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Sylvia McNair, Maureen McGovern, the Count Basie Orchestra, Andre Watts, Wycliffe Gordon, and Hank Jones.  Individually, they have toured or given performances in Germany, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Thailand, and Canada, as well as across the United States in a variety of musical styles including jazz and contemporary music.  The Mirari Brass Quintet was founded in 2009 by graduate students at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and although they now teach at universities in Ohio, Idaho, Indiana, and Tennessee, have performed over 100 concerts together. 


A major part of the group's mission is creation and commission of new works for brass quintet.  Each year, the Mirari Brass Quintet commissions several large-scale pieces as well as numerous smaller compositions and arrangements by group members and others.  They strongly believe in the value of music education and have held clinics, workshops, and residencies in from elementary school to universities.  Touring plans for the upcoming season include New England, Florida, and the Pacific Northwest, as well as the group's return visit to Texas and first international appearances.  Their first recording, Spires, was released during the fall of 2012. 

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