Seraph Brass

Seraph Brass: Asteria

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Artist: Seraph Brass

Artist: Seraph Brass
Title: Asteria

Seraph Brass is a dynamic brass quintet drawing from a roster of America's top female brass players. 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. Seraph Brass has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Many members of Seraph Brass have performed with Adele on her 2016 North American tour. Enthusiastic about education, Seraph has developed strong relationships with Venezuelan "El Sistema" programs in Philadelphia and Washington D.C., performing fundraising concerts for Play-On Philly! And Bridges: Music Through Harmony. Seraph has commissioned and premiered new works including "Wolf" for solo soprano and brass quintet from Philadelphia-based composer, Joseph Hallman. For this debut studio album, Seraph has commissioned new works by Catherine McMichael and Rene Orth. They have also premiered Lucy Pankhurt's Ouroboros with euphonium soloist Hélène Escriva at the International Women's Brass Conference. Seraph also has many original arrangements by trumpeter Jeff Luke, featured on this album and Seraph Brass Live! Members of Seraph Brass have performed with such esteemed ensembles as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, among many others... The ancient word "asteria" has it's roots in both Greek and Latin, and refers to stars. The aster flower with it's starry petals, Astraea, star-maiden goddess of justice (also known as Virgo) and even the six sparkling rays of a star sapphire (asterism) are all linked to the word. It's title serves as a banner for the three constellations portrayed in this suite.

1.1 Scherzo from a Midsummer's Night's Dream
1.2 Holberg Suite, Op. 40: 1. Prelude
1.3 Holberg Suite, Op. 40: 2. Sarabande
1.4 Holberg Suite, Op. 40: 3. Gavotte
1.5 Holberg Suite, Op. 40: 4. Air
1.6 Holberg Suite, Op. 40: 5. Rigaudon
1.7 Asterias: 1. Andromeda (The Chained Princess)
1.8 Asterias: 2. Virgo (Lover of Justice)
1.9 Asterias: 3. the Pleiades (The Sailing Queen and Her Daughters)
1.10 Leaguered in Fire, Lagooned in Gold
1.11 Suite Espaã±Ola No. 1, Op. 47: 1 Granada
1.12 Suite Espaã±Ola No. 1, Op. 47: 2. Sevilla
1.13 Suite Espaã±Ola No. 1, Op. 47: 3. Asturias
1.14 Go
1.15 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

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