Listen to those horns!

Brass Quintet – formal hires

Brass Quintet – formal hires

Anne Movalson

We may not have “seventy-six trombones leading a big parade,” but we will have the Tucson Symphony’s Brass Quintet in SaddleBrooke for a special dinner concert on March 23, 2016, in the MountainView Ballroom. The Quintet, started in the 1970s as part of the TSO’s educational programs, now is a favorite ensemble. Its repertoire is very versatile with music selections from Baroque to Broadway and Dixieland Jazz. It can fill a room with its powerful music.

The Quintet is composed of Betsy Bright—Trumpet, Jonah Levy—Trumpet, Victor Valenzuela—Horn, Michael Becker—Trombone and David Morgan—Tuba. Betsy Bright and David Morgan are married, both having attended the Shenandoah Conservatory of music near Washington D.C. All the musicians received their education at noted universities and conservatories and have played with symphonies and summer music festivals throughout this country and around the world. They also instruct students privately and Mr. Valenzuela teaches Brass at Pima Community College. These dinner concert events are so special, as you may sit at the same table as one of the musicians. The concert is well narrated with descriptions of the music, information about the composers and other interesting facts that may not be well known

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the MountainView Ballroom with a no host bar. You can avoid waiting in line for your drink by pre-ordering a bottle of wine. Please check the reservation form for more information on the wines. The dinner follows and you may choose herb-crusted pork loin roast or thyme-seasoned turkey breast for your entrée. Appetizers, salad, vegetables and dessert are included as are tax and tip. The cost for this evening of dinner and fine music is pork $60 ($65 if not SSG member) and turkey $55 ($60 if not SSG member). Membership in the Guild is $25 a household or $15 for a single person. Please call Virg or Nancy Lindquist at 818-9232 by March 15 to make reservations. We may not have a parade, but we hope you have a most enjoyable  dinner and concert.