E. Carl Freeman Concert Series at River Road Church

America’s Dynamic Brass Ensemble Drawing from a Roster of America’s Top Female Brass Players
Sunday, November 24, 2019
2:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Seraph Brass

  • Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet
  • Raquel Samayoa, trumpet
  • Rachel Velvikis, horn
  • Elisabeth Shafer, trombone
  • Samantha Lake, tuba


Holberg Suite—Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Arr. Jeff Luke

  • Prelude

“Der Hölle Rache” from Die Zauberflöte, KV 620—W.A. Mozart (1756-1791), Arr. Jeff Luke

Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor—Alexander Borodin (1833-1887), Arr. Rolf Smedvig

Three Pieces from Suite Española—Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909), Arr. Jeff Luke

  • Granada
  • Asturias
  • Sevilla

7 Romances, No. 6, Op. 47—Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Arr. Benjamin Miles

  • Does the Day Reign

Tuttarana—Reena Esmail (b. 1983)


Go—Anthony DiLorenzo ( b. 1967)

Hora Staccato (1906)—Grigoraș Dinicu (1889-1949), Arr. Tim Olt

West Side Story—Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), Arr. Jack Gale

  • Maria
  • I Feel Pretty
  • America

Asteria—Catherine McMichael (b. 1954)

  • II. Virgo, The Lover of Justice

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2—Franz Liszt (1811-1886), Arr. Jeff Luke

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Winners of the 2019 American Prize in Chamber Music, Seraph Brass is a dynamic ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players. Seraph Brass released its debut album, Asteria, on Summit Records, winning a Silver Medal Global Music Award. Seraph Brass is in residency at the Walton Art Center’s Artosphere Festival, alongside the Dover Quartet, in the festival orchestra.

Seraph has toured throughout the U.S., Mexico, China and Europe. The group has performed multiple concerts at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, and it has been the featured ensemble at the International Women’s Brass Conference and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Other performance highlights include the Forum Cultural Guanajuato in León, Mexico, Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago (IL), Gettysburg Concert Association (PA) and the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach (FL). Seraph has toured extensively as Allied Concert Services artists. Many members of Seraph Brass performed with Adele on her 2016 North American tour.

Seraph has commissioned works by Catherine McMichael and Rene Orth, featured on Asteria. As featured soloists with band, Seraph performed Rick DeJonge’s Prelude and Fantasy with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Joseph Higgins, and James Stephenson’s Dodecafecta with the Bucknell University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of William Kenny.

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