North Carolina’s cultural ambassadors, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will be entertaining the citizens and students of Hungary and Romania later this month during their tour of Eastern Europe.
Founding member David Ginn says,
We’ll be sharing a wide variety of musical styles from Americana and Classical to the Blues. There will be flashy show pieces and collaborations with guest soloists, as well as music from our own Southern Appalachian region by local composers.
The Quintet will perform in historic venues, important cultural centers, and music academies. New SMBQ member Zsolt Szabo, trombone, has been instrumental in coordinating this tour. He has also arranged for the Quintet to give brass masterclasses and individual break-out sessions. The goal of these classes is not only to share about our American style of brass-playing, but to also learn more about the European style.
Western Carolina University professor Will Peebles, bassoon, will be joining the Quintet on tour. Other guest soloists are Gabriel Posdarescu, trumpet professor from the Dima Music Academy; Kovacs Janos, trumpet professor from the Kodaly Zoltan School of Music; and the Transylvania Brass Quintet.
This tour is made possible by funding from the WCU School of Music, the College of Fine & Performing Arts, and the Office of International Programs & Services.
Please join the SMBQ Facebook page and follow along as the Quintet makes it way through the following cities.
May 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Old Liszt Ferenc Music Academy
1064. Budapest, Vörömarty Street, 35.
May 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Kodaly Zoltan School of Music
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About The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet
Cultural ambassadors building international relationships through music.
Since its founding in 1993, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet has performed throughout the United States in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and internationally with tours of Russia, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Jamaica, Prague, Hungary, and Romania.
The Quintet performs a wide variety of music ranging from Classical to Jazz, and Patriotic to Pop.
In addition, works commissioned from regional composers for the Quintet have expanded the repertoire for all brass quintets.
The group dedicates time to the education of young musicians and serves as Quintet in Residence at Western Carolina University. Whether through mini-residencies, master-classes or school shows, members of the SMBQ use their talents to inspire tomorrow’s musicians.
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These types of musical outreach opportunities are available now, or we can customize a performance to meet your needs. Please contact us to talk about ways the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet can enhance your events, celebrations, concert series, or educational programs.
From a performance at Carnegie Hall to small neighborhood picnics, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet has entertained in diverse indoor and outdoor settings both nationally and internationally.