Spanish Spectacular

ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

April 3 - 4, 2020

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Ricardo Casero, conductor
Spanish Brass

Falla – Three-Cornered Hat
The Spanish Brass in Concert

One of the most dynamic and admired brass groups on the international music scene, The Spanish Brass joins the TSO in a show that will take you to Spain without ever leaving home! Enjoy Manuel de Falla’s boisterous Three-Cornered Hat Suite and a program of Spanish brass favorites.

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Ricardo Casero is the music and artistic director of the Orquesta Reino de Aragón, Spain, where he has been working with soloists such Maxim Vengerov, Sarah Chang, and Natalia Gutman.

Casero has furthered his conducting career by working as a collaborative conductor at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia working closely to the greatest, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly and Valery Gergiev. 

Mr. Casero has been invited conductor of the Raanana Symphonette, Israel; Orchestre de la Opera de Marseille, France; Transylvania Philharmonic Cluj, Romania; National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Swedish Wind Ensemble; Halle Staatskapelle, Germany; Albania National Opera; Kiev National Opera House, Ukraine ; Romania National Radio Orchestra; Macedonia Philharmonic Orchestra; Spanish National Orchestra ONE; Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (BOS), Galicia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Valencia Community Symphony Orchestra (Palau de les Arts),Valencia Symphony Orchestra, Extremadura Symphony Orchestra, Murcia Symphony Orchestra, City of Granada Orchestra, Córdoba Symphony Orchestra, Oviedo Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, Spain.

Maestro Casero upcoming compromises include Danubia Symphony Orchestra, Budapest; Georgia National Philharmonic; National Opera Ukraine; Ukraine National  Philharmonic; Granada City Orchestra; Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra Budapest; Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico; Toledo Symphony Orchestra, USA; including concerts in Liszt Concert Hall in Budapest, Halle oux Grains de Touluse and in the International Tagliacozzo Music Festival in Italy.

Ricardo Casero graduated with honors from institutions in Spain, the United States (In- diana University), the United Kingdom (Guildhall School of Music), and Sweden (Umea), having studied with José Chenoll, Keith Brown, Denis Wick, and Christian Lindberg. He was also the recipient of a Fulbright Grant and a scholarship to study at Indiana University, where he completed an Artist Diploma in trombone performance.

Celebrating their 30th anniverary this year, Spanish Brass was created by five Spanish musicians as an innovative ensemble that quickly gained world renown for its performances, educational activities and creative collaborations. After they won the First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, trumpeter Bernard Soustrot said, “Of all the First Prize winners of the Narbonne Competition, the Spanish Brass is the best since the competition was founded in 1986.” They received the I Bankia Music Talent Award in Spain for the most influential musical artists of 2017.

Spanish Brass has given hundreds of concerts across the globe, in such prestigious events and venues as the Great American Brass Band Festival; the New York Brass Conference; the Juilliard School of Music, the National Gallery in Washington, DC; Festival de Musique de Radio-France; Granada International Festival; Lucerne Festival; Cheju Summer Festival (Korea); Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany); National Auditorium (Madrid); Palau de la Música (Barcelona); Kalavrita Festival (Greece); International Horn Society, Merano Brass Festival and Trento Philharmonic (Italy); Barcelona Auditorium; Festival de Inverno de Brasília, and countless others.

Spanish Brass has been in the forefront of international music education, giving courses and master-classes with the Spanish National Youth Orchestra. the Youth Orchestras of Catalonia, Valencia, Andalucía and Madrid, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Trumpet Lounge (Japan), the Showa School for Performing Arts (Japan), Lieksa Brass Week (Finland), the Eastman School of Music, University of Georgia, Venezuelan Youth Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School(England), International Winter Music Festival of Brasilia (Brazil), Ibero-American Cultural Festival (Puerto Rico), etc.

Spanish Brass also runs two major brass festivals in Spain: SBALZ Festival in Alzira (www.sbalz.com) and Brassurround (www.brassurround.com).

A sampling of their international accolades includes: “They are one of the world´s finest brass quintets ranking up there with Empire Brass, Canadian Brass and American Brass” (Greg Alley); “One of the most exciting and artistic brass quintets to come on the scene in recent years … a gloriously brilliant performance” (International Trumpet Guild Journal); “They play with amazing cohesion, and set the highest standard for brass chamber music” (Maurice André, trumpeter); and “I cannot think of a better brass quintet in the whole world” (Christian Lindberg, trombonist).

Their discography includes 24 CDs, the most recent being a CD-DVD set of their educational program, “Brass Brass Brass” and "XXX" celebrating their 30th anniversary.

Listen ahead to The Spanish Brass!

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