Mirari Brass Quintet, Guest Artist Recital
About the Mirari Brass
Engaging and eclectic, the Mirari Brass Quintet brings a spirit of joyful collaboration and innovation to music spanning many centuries and genres. The commissioners of multiple new works for brass, the group performs a spectacular tight-rope act, balancing intensity with levity and refined virtuosity with pure fun.
Now in its seventh season, Mirari has performed extensively across the United States, forging connections with audiences through lively and polished performances. The group has performed on concert series for the Fredericksburg Music Club (TX), the Manteca Kindred Arts Concert Association (CA), and Friends of Music at Emanuel (CT), as well as held concert residencies at numerous universities, including Cornell University, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, and many more.
Since 2009, Mirari Brass 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, adventurously contextualized by works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as jazz standards re-imagined and transformed.
The Mirari Brass Quintet showcases its passion for music education through master classes, clinics, and performances with students of all ages. All collegiate music professors, the quintet members relish extended time to interact with young musicians. Presenting clinics on topics such as Fearless Performance, Yoga for Musicians, and Creative Improvisation, the Mirari Brass Quintet examines all aspects of life as an artist and helps to foster the development of complete musicians.
As a central tenet of the group, and by their name’s definition, all Mirari members share an admiration and respect for each other not only on stage and in music, but also in friendship. Mirari Brass is Alex Noppe and Matthew Vangjel (trumpets), Jessie Thoman (horn), Sarah Paradis (trombone), and Stephanie Frye (tuba).