PLYMOUTH — Five female musicians, all members of the famed Stiletto Brass Quintet, will perform at the Silver Center for the Arts on the Plymouth State University campus at 8 p.m. Friday, April 18. Tonight Show band leader Doc Severinsen, with whom the quintet has performed and recorded, says, "The Stiletto Brass Quintet is a group of five superb musicians whose technique and ensemble work is simply unmatched."
Named for their distinctive red footwear, members of the quintet have careers spanning the fields of orchestral, band and chamber music in performances with groups such as Dalla Brass, PRISMA, Monarch Brass Quintet, the United States Marine Band, Detroit Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and St. Louis Symphony.
The international brass magazine, The Brass Herald, says the group reflects timely changes in the music scene. "Its energetic and diversified repertoire includes avant-garde compositions written by leading composers of our time, as well as classical and popular works from the Baroque period to Gershwin." Selections from the Plymouth program include Pieter Hellendael's "IV March," "Copperwave," by Joan Tower; "Barclay Square" by Manning Sherwin; "Toccata" by Giovanni Martini; "Brazen Overture" by Libby Larsen; "Sophisticated Lady" by Duke Ellington, and many more.
Nicole Abissi, a professional trombonist and teacher who has performed with professional orchestras around the world, is one of the five female musicians. She earned a BM from The Juillard School, followed by a two-year fellowship with the New World Symphony where she had the opportunity to work with Michael Tilson Thomas. In spring 2011, Abissi joined the Southeast Trombone Symposium faculty and the following summer, she traveled to Colombia where she coached the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia.
Velvet Brown is professor of tuba and euphonium at Pennsylvania State University. She has also taught at Bowling Green and Ball State Universities, and served as an associate director of University Bands at Boston University. Brown is currently principal tubist of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and has been principal tuba with the River City Brass Band.
Amy Gilreath, trumpet, is a founding member of The Stiletto Brass Quintet and has an active professional career as both a performer and university professor. She is principal trumpet with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Festival Orchestra, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia da Camera and serves as the Brass faculty for the Orvieto Musica Trumpet Fest and Chamber Music Festival in Orvieto, Italy. Gilreath is professor of trumpet at Illinois State University, teaching student who have been finalists in many different competitions, hold positions in some of the US premier military bands and other base bands throughout the US and perform in bands throughout the US, Canada and Portugal.
Cathy Leach played principal trumpet with the Knoxville Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestras for 31 years. She retired from the Symphony in May 2013 to focus on teaching, solo and chamber work, and publishing brass arrangements. She is professor of trumpet at the University of Tennessee, where she has been teaching a large studio of trumpeters and directing the UT Trumpet Ensemble since 1981.
Misty Tolle, French horn, teaches at Centre College, Interlochen Arts Camp and the University of Kentucky. She studied at The Juilliard School, earning her BM and MM in horn performance. Tolle has recorded on multiple labels and performed with Il Divo at the Emmys, with South Korean sensation Sumi Jo at Carnegie Hall, and with many popular ensembles at Radio City Music Hall.
Tickets for The Stiletto Brass Quintet in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.