Spanish Spectacular - CANCELLED

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 - Ritual Fire Dance from El amor brujo
Brotons - Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra, Op. 132
Piazzolla - Chiquilin de Bachin (The Little Boy of Bachin)
Falla - El sombrero de tres picos (The Three Cornered Hat)

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, resident orchestra at Zaragoza’s Auditorium. Graduated with honors from highest institutions in Spain, the United States and England , Fulbright Grant member and world awarded in several international competitions, 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 in Aida, Turandot, Traviata and Simon Boccanegra with Lorin Maazel, The Bohème of Riccardo Chailly or The Trojans of Valery Gergiev.

Quickly Casero starts a brilliant career as a conductor, highly demanded as a guest conductor around Europe, Orchestre de la Opera de Marseille, France; Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra Budapest; Halle Staatskapelle, Germany; Danubia Symphony Orchestra, Budapest; Ricardo Casero Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico; Transylvania Philharmonic Cluj, Romania; Romania National Radio Orchestra; National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Swedish Wind Ensemble; Kiev National Opera House, Ukraine ; Georgia National Philharmonic; National Plovdiv Opera House; Albania National Opera; Raanana Symphonette, Israel; Macedonia Philharmonic Orchestra; Spanish National Orchestra of Spain ONE; Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (BOS); Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra; Valencia Community Symphony Orchestra (Palau de les Arts),Valencia Symphony Orchestra, City of Granada; Extremadura Symphony Orchestra, Murcia Symphony Orchestra, Galicia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Córdoba Symphony Orchestra, Oviedo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Highlights of his symphonic and opera calendar in 2019-20 are guest appearances with the National Opera of Ukraine in a new Tosca production, his USA debut conducting the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Ohio; National Opera of Budapest and Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV; Zaragoza’s new Tosca production; Madrid Soloists Chamber Orchestra with Beethoven piano concertos; re-invitation by Plovdiv National Opera after his debut with Bohème last season; Orchestra of the Academy of Soloist of Kazakhstan & Metropolitan Lisbon Orchestra debuts ; in Italy with Les Indes Galantes by Rameau at Go Opera Festival ;South Korea and China, the Asian giant accelerates Casero’s debut for this 2020 with more than 40 concerts.

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 ( and Brassurround (

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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