This Friday, November 19, Department of Music will host the Stiletto Brass Quintet for a masterclass at 4 p.m. and a concert at 6 p.m., both in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.
Now in their 10th season, Stiletto Brass Quintet has made a name for itself as a premier chamber ensemble with performances met with enthusiastic ovations with the Bradenton and Sarasota Pops Orchestra; at the CÃ¡mera Music Festival in Aguascalientes, Mexico; the International Women’s Brass Conference; with Doc Severinsen and the Heartland Festival Orchestra; at the National Trumpet Competition; the International Conference of the Guild of Trumpets; the Great American Brass Band Festival; and concerts across the United States. The ensemble also shared the stage with the great Italian jazz artist Andrea Tofanelli and commissioned and created a new composition called “Scarpe!” An avid fan of music for young people, Stiletto Brass, on tour, regularly gives educational concerts and gives master classes in schools.
Stiletto features five highly accomplished women from the United States with careers spanning solo, orchestral, harmony, and brass chamber music: Amy Gilreath and Susan Rider, trumpets; guest artist Stacie Mickens, horn; Natalie Mannix, trombone; and Velvet Brown, tuba.
The group, as highlighted in the December 2014 edition of the famous international brass magazine, The Brazen Herald, reflects the timely changes in the music scene. Its energetic and diverse repertoire includes compositions written by the greatest composers of our time, as well as classical and popular works from the baroque to jazz period. Stiletto concerts are fun, serious, heartwarming, entertaining, and always crowd favorite!
Entrance is free and open to the public.