JCA To Host Seraph Brass In 2016-17 Season Premiere Friday

The Jamestown Concert Association’s 2016-17 will kick off to the angelic sound of an all-female, classically trained brass line this week.

In the first of six events scheduled for this year’s season, Seraph Brass will make its Jamestown debut in an 8 p.m. performance at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main St. in Jamestown.

Members of the five-piece brass ensemble have performed with esteemed outfits such as the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Musicians from Marlboro, the Luzern Music Festival in Switzerland, National Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea and the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. They currently hold positions in the Richmond Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Artosphere Orchestra, New Chicago Brass, Tennessee Tech University and the University of Virginia.

“These women are mostly from the East Coast, and are all classically trained,” said Sally Ulrich, Jamestown Concert Association president. “They’ve toured all over the country and the world in major orchestras or by themselves, and so it’s going to be great to host these world-class musicians in Jamestown.”

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. The selections to be performed in Friday’s concert reflect this diversity of classic and contemporary pieces.

Included in the program will be selections by the following composers: Edvard Grieg; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Isaac Albeniz; Hildegard von Bingen; Leonin; Guillermus Dufay; Anthony Holborne; Giacomo Puccini; Franz Liszt; Anthony DiLorenzo; Michael Kamen; Leonard Bernstein; Claude Debussy; Rafael Mendez; and Gioachino Rossini.

Upcoming engagements include performances in Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Georgia. Seraph is proud to be on the highly acclaimed touring roster of Allied Concert Services and will perform two extensive tours of the MidWest in the 2016-17 Season. Seraph will also be the featured ensemble at the 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference.

For more information on the ensemble, visit seraphbrass.com.

Tickets to the concert are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors ages 65 and older, and $7.50 for college students. They can be purchased at the door, or presale at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Chautauqua Music, Germaine and Pappalardo, Trinity Guitars and Wright’s Music Shed, or by calling 484-7070 or 487-1522. Children under 18 will be admitted for free if accompanied by a paying adult. Parents who bring children will be admitted for a discounted price of $10.

Ulrich said Jamestown Concert Association memberships are still available at $95 for adults and $80 for seniors ages 65 and older.

Sponsors include Jamestown Rental Properties, Lakewood Furniture Galleries, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation and the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

For more information on Friday’s concert call 487-1522 or visit jamestownconcertassociation.org/.