Monday, April 4, 2022
Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Trumpet
Jean Laurenz, Trumpet
Rachel Velvikis, Horn
Hana Beloglavec, Trombone
Gretchen Renshaw James, Tuba
“Der Hölle Rache” from Die Zauberflöte, KV 620
Three Pieces from Suite Española
Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
7 Romances, No. 6, Op. 47
Leonard Bernstein/Aaron Copeland
Music from West Side Story
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Seraph Brass is a dynamic brass ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players. Performing primarily as a brass quintet or sextet, Seraph also performs as a larger ensemble of 10 performers. Committed to engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works, and well-known classics. Seraph released their debut studio album, Asteria, on Summit Records in January 2018, winning a Silver Medal Global Music Award. Seraph Brass will perform at the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami, Florida. Seraph Brass will also begin their first residency at the Walton Art Center’s Artosphere Festival in June 2019 alongside the Dover Quartet in the festival orchestra.
Seraph Brass has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. They have performed multiple concerts at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, and they were the featured ensemble at the International Women’s Brass Conference. Seraph has performed concerts at the Forum Cultural Guanajuato in León, Mexico, Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago (IL), Gettysburg Concert Association (PA), Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach (FL), SUNY Cortland (NY), Jamestown Concert Association (NY), and they have toured extensively as Allied Concert Services artists. Seraph is on the roster of Dow Artists and the Manhattan Music Ensemble. They performed with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble, performing Rick DeJonge’s Prelude and Fantasy under the direction of Joseph Higgins. Many members of Seraph Brass have performed with Adele on her North American tour.
Enthusiastic about education, Seraph has developed strong relationships with Venezuelan “El Sistema” programs in Philadelphia and Washington D.C., performing fundraising concerts for Play-On Philly! and Bridges: Music Through Harmony. Seraph has given residencies and performances at Stephen F. Austin University, University of Virginia, Fayetteville State University, Montana State University, Hendrix College, Arkansas Tech University, Lee University, Tennessee Tech University, University of Tennessee, Wittenberg University (OH), Eastern and Western Illinois Universities, Penn State Erie, and Metropolitan State University of Denver among others.
Committed to commissioning new works, Seraph commissioned and premiered “Wolf” for solo soprano and brass quintet from Philadelphia-based composer, Joseph Hallman. Seraph has commissioned new works by Catherine McMichael and Rene Orth, featured on Asteria. Seraph has also premiered Lucy Pankhurst’s Ouroboros with euphonium soloist Hélène Escriva at the International Women’s Brass Conference. Seraph also has many original arrangements by trumpeter Jeff Luke, featured on Asteria and Seraph Brass Live!
Members of Seraph Brass have performed with such esteemed ensembles as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Musicians from Marlboro, Luzern Music Festival in Switzerland, National Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, and Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. They hold positions in the Richmond Symphony, World and European Brass Association, Louisville Orchestra, Artosphere Orchestra, University of North Texas, Hendrix College, Louisiana State University, University of Richmond, and Shenandoah Conservatory.