“Spectrum Brass Quintet is one of the best.”
— Barry Kilpatrick, American Record Guide
Formed in 2008, Spectrum Brass is committed to creative collaboration. Spectrum works with innovative performers to enrich and enliven the chamber music experience, focusing on arrangements that augment the quintet genre through inclusion of performers not traditionally associated with brass chamber music. In Spectrum’s debut CD, Rhapsody: The Music of George Gershwin, they join forces with soprano Elizabeth Stoner, pianist Aviram Reichert, and percussionist Alex Trajano to explore the music of kindred spirit George Gershwin. In addition, Spectrum has worked closely with composer/arranger James Stephenson, performing the premiere of his Latin-themed show for brass quintet and orchestra, Salsa Metales, which was commissioned by Matthew Savery and the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra. Spectrum also formed a consortium of fourteen leading universities from around the United States to commission Stephenson’s new work for brass quintet and wind ensemble, Dodecafecta, which Spectrum premiered at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
Spectrum’s live shows are engaging and exciting, featuring tremendous variety combined with strong, unifying themes. With their singular focus on musical artistry and energy, Spectrum lures diverse and enthusiastic audiences to concert halls across the United States. Spectrum’s numerous programs include: Who could Ask for Anything More?, an all-Gershwin revue featuring music from their debut CD; American Masters, featuring the music of Bernstein, Copland, and Gershwin; Salsa Metales, a Latin-themed show for quintet and orchestra; and An Evening with Spectrum Brass, a program for community band where members of Spectrum, and the quintet in its entirety, perform solos accompanied by concert band.
The members of Spectrum are leading freelance musicians who have performed with an impressive collection of orchestras and chamber groups including: American Brass Quintet, Boston Brass, Burning River Brass, Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Colorado Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Hong Kong Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Motor City Brass Quintet, New York Chamber Soloists, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Summit Brass, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.