SOCORRO, N.M. April 19, 2011 – The vibrant brass sounds that celebrate the culture of our southern neighbor, mixing tradition with innovation in moving from the blues to opera, Bach to the roads of Michoacan, are headed to New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center.
|Metales 5 has made a name for itself with lively concerts across the continent. The Mexican band will perform in Socorro on Friday, April 29.
With two trumpets, a French horn, trombone and a tuba – and a vitality and joy quite contagious – the five musicians are becoming one of
Since its founding five years ago in
“We’re excited to bring the brass quintet to town six days before the traditional Cinco de Mayo celebration,” said Ronna Kalish, PAS Director. “Metales M5 will surely set the coals afire with a performance both piquant and powerful.”
Kalish said the contemporary brass quintet was started in the late 1940s in two distinct regions of the country –
In the words of one reviewer: “The most interesting thing about Metales M5 is that their spontaneity and entertaining attitude is always justified by interpretations that make us easily appreciate the high virtuosic level and musical sensitivity of its members.”
The band members
Alexander Freund (trumpet) has performed as a soloist in
Oscar Villegas Miranda (trumpet) has played with The State of Mexico Symphony, among others, and is currently principal trumpet and soloist in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Toluca.
Juan Carlos Quiterio Miguel (French horn) was born in
Fernando Islas Melendez (trombone) was born in the state of
José Lopez Juàrez (tuba) was born in Texcoco and studied at the National Conservatory of Music. He has been principal tuba with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of
The quintet’s repertoire includes Trumpet Voluntary by Maurice Green, Canzona by Giovanni Gabrieli, Fugue in G Minor “The Little” by J.S. Bach, Overture to “La Boda de Luis Alonso” by Geronimo Gimenez, “Escape” by Kevin McKee, High Society by Dixieland, Leonard Bernstein’s Maria, and “La Virgen de la Macarena,” a Spanish bullfighter’s song.
Tickets for Metales M5 are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $12 for youths 17 and under; with a $2 discount if purchased by 5 p.m. the day before the performance.
Tickets are available at the cashier’s window in the
Before the concert, Tech Club-Club Macey will host a social in
This performance is supported in part by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional sponsorship from The Bank of America, Comcast and Super 8. The concert is dedicated to C. Lorraine Garcia, a Belen resident who passed away suddenly last summer. Ms. Garcia was a faithful attendee at Performing Arts Series concerts with her husband Gilbert and their grandchildren. She was always a smiling ray of sunshine and an enthusiastic supporter of the
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