Seraph Brass Sextet to play for Festival of the Senses June 16

Seraph Brass, an all-female ensemble featuring outstanding musicians from five states—including Gretchen Renshaw James, Director of Bands/Low Brass at Hendrix College, Conway, on tuba—will play its first concert in the Little Rock area on Sunday, June16, at 7:00 p.m. The performance, the final event in the 2018−19 Festival of the Senses series sponsored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the parish hall. St. Luke’s is located at 4106 JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock. 
SERAPH BRASS is a dynamic ensemble comprised of distinguished female brass players in varying combinations. Its diverse repertoire includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works, and well-known classics. Seraph members have toured the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, and recently returned from their first concerts in China. They have taught and held master classes at a number of universities and will begin their first residency at the Walton Art Center’s Artosphere Festivalthis month, playing in the Artosphere Festival orchestra and performing a concert in Fayetteville on June 18.

THE PROGRAM:  Seraph’s June 16 program includes sextet arrangements of Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite; Claude Debussy’s Cakewalk Suite; Reena Esmail’s Khirkiyaan (Windows): Three Transformations for Brass; Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo; Arthur Pryor’s Fantastic Polka; Isaac Albéniz’s Suite Española; Vittorio Monti’s Csārdās; and Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

AWARDS:  The group has just been named the professional division winner of the 2018−19 American Prize in chamber music performance, a national performing arts competition established in 2009 to recognize and reward the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals. Asteria, Seraph’s debut studio album released on Summit Records in 2018, also won a Silver Medal in the Global Music Awards, an international competition created in 2011 to recognize and celebrate independent musicians. 

Seraph players performed with the singer Adele on her 2016 North American tour and have also played with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Music from Marlboro, Switzerland’s Luzern Music Festival, Korea’s Daejeon Philharmonic, and New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia. Seraph Brass was the featured ensemble at the 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference and will perform at the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami.
Seraph musicians currently hold positions in the Richmond Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Artosphere Orchestra, New Chicago Brass, Tennessee Tech University, and the University of Virginia.



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