All-women Seraph Brass Quintet to perform Saturday at Salem Evangelical Church

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The all-women Seraph Brass Quintet will perform Saturday at Salem Evangelical Church. | Submitted photo

QUINCY — Salem Evangelical Church will host the all-women Seraph Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with doors for the concert opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door and at Hy-Vee and County Market stores. All students can attend free.

The Seraph Brass Quintet was founded by trumpet soloist Mary Elizabeth Bowden with the mission of elevating and showcasing the excellence of female brass players and highlighting musicians from marginalized groups both in personnel and in programming.

Winners of the American Prize in Chamber Music, the group has been praised for their “beautiful sounds” (American Record Guide), “fine playing” (Gramophone) and “staggeringly high caliber of performance” (Textura).

Now in its ninth touring season, Seraph primarily performs as a quintet, with a dynamic roster drawing from America’s top brass musicians. Performance highlights for 2022-23 include Anthony DiLorenzo’s Chimera for brass quintet and orchestra with the Florence Symphony in November, and performances at Chamber Music Raleigh, Chautauqua Institution, University of Toronto, Asheville Chamber Music Series, National Gallery of Art in D.C., Diehn Concert Series in Norfolk, UNC Greensboro, and extensive touring around the United States through Live On Stage.

Members of Seraph Brass are passionate about music education. They hold teaching positions at the University of North Texas, Shenandoah Conservatory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In each of their tours, the group works to provide educational outreach to local schools, and they also offer a variety of entrepreneurship and career development workshops, in addition to traditional brass pedagogy and technique master classes.

Members of Seraph Brass have performed with such esteemed ensembles as the London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Marlboro Music Festival, Lucerne Music Festival in Switzerland, Britt Festival Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Chameleon ArtsEnsemble and the Daejeon Philharmonic.

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