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The Hope College Great Performance Series will feature Spanish Brass on Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.

With a 30-year trajectory in the world of chamber music, Spanish Brass is one of the most dynamic and consolidated quintets on the international musical stage. In 1996, the ensemble won First Prize in the Sixth International Brass Quintet Competition “Ville de Narbonne” (France), considered the most prestigious for this formation.  Spanish Brass received First Prize in the Bankia Awards for Musical Talent of the Comunitat de Valencia in 2017, and the Espai Ter de Música in 2019.

“Spanish Brass dazzled us with daunting passages fearlessly flown across the stage, brilliant color, and comedic moments that endeared each one of them to their audience,” said the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

In addition to participating in some of the most important festivals in the world, the ensemble performed at the gala for the Prince of Asturias Awards in 1995, and has recorded music for the play “La Fundación” by Buero Vallejo, at the Centro Dramático Nacional, as well as the score for the film “Descongélate” by Félix Sabroso, produced by El Deseo.

Spanish Brass has published 26 recordings, among them two DVD-CDs and a double CD collection. Alongside performing, the ensemble organizes two festivals, international in scope, devoted to brass instruments: the Festival Spanish Brass Alzira and the Brassurround, where every year some of the most prestigious international brass soloists, groups and teachers gather.

“Spanish Brass has earned an international reputation for the quality of its playing, reaching across boundaries of geography and style...,” noted the Louisville Courier Journal.

Tickets are $23 for regular admission, $17 for senior citizens and members of the Hope College faculty and staff, and $6 for children. Admission is free for Hope College students.  Tickets are available at the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at 616-395-7890. Tickets can also be purchased online and will be sold at the door if available.

Audience members who need assistance to fully enjoy any event at Hope are encouraged to contact the college's Events and Conferences Office by emailing events@hope.edu or calling 616-395-7222 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., on Columbia Ave. between Ninth and 10th streets.