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Brass quintet to help usher in the Christmas season with HBPA concert

April 16th, 2018

HESSTON, KAN. – The third performance in the 2017-18 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts lineup will bring sounds of the season to the local area.

The Mirari Brass Quintet, known for “bringing a spirit of innovation to the world of brass repertoire,” presents “Christmas with Mirari Brass Quintet” at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Now in its seventh performance season, Mirari Brass Quintet is Alex Noppe and Matthew Vangjel, trumpets, Jessie Thoman, horn, Sarah Paradis, trombone, and Stephanie Frye, tuba.

The quintet’s music spans many centuries and genres. “Christmas with Mirari Brass Quintet,” as the name indicates, will feature Christmas-centric music, including several traditional carols.

As commissioners of multiple new works for brass, since 2009 the group has added nearly two dozen works to the brass quintet repertoire, with group members also contributing a number of arrangements and original compositions.

Their debut album, Spires (2012), offers as its centerpiece Mirari’s commissioned work from Rome Prize winner and Guggenheim Fellow Eric Nathan, contextualized by works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as jazz standards re-imagined and transformed.

Mirari Brass has performed extensively across the United States. They have been part of concert series for the Fredericksburg (Texas) Music Club, the Manteca (California) Kindred Arts Concert Association, and Friends of Music at Emanuel (Manchester, Connecticut), as well as held concert residencies at numerous universities, including Cornell University, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and many more.

Mirari showcases its passion for music education through master classes, clinics, and performances with students of all ages. All collegiate music professors, quintet members relish extended time to interact with young musicians.

Thanks to a grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, the quintet will also offer educational outreach with area elementary school and college students, in addition to the public concert.

Reserved seating and general admission tickets for Mirari Brass Quintet are available at or by calling 620-327-8105. Single tickets are for sale in the Hesston College Bookstore and at Bethel College’s Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center during regular business hours. Reserved seating is $27 (adults and senior citizens), and general admission seating ranges from $18-$23 dollars with discounts for students and senior citizens.

The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series is a collaborative effort of Hesston College and Bethel College, presenting five performances by world-renowned or regionally acclaimed artists each year. HBPA is funded in part by the cities of Hesston and North Newton, Excel Industries and Hustler Turf Equipment, the National Endowment for the Arts and area patrons.

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