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Brass Quintet comes to HWS

Where can you listen to one of the most dynamic groups of classical musicians in the country? Right here, at Hobart and William Smith. The Colleges will welcome the critically acclaimed Synergy Brass Quintet at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 in Albright Auditorium.

With a repertoire that spans from the Baroque works of Mouret to the contemporary compositions of Gershwin, the Synergy Quintet is expected to display a mastery of the classical genre as well as feature their individual talents. The quintet is comprised of Bobby Thorp and Rachel Rodriguez playing trumpet; Jon Hurrell on French horn; Jordan Witt on trombone; and Jesse Chavez playing tuba-all of whom have received intense training and high praise for their musicianship.

As a group, Synergy is known for performances that display a classical precision with an energetic performance typically associated with rock or jazz.

The Quintet has been called, “a veritable fireworks display of outstanding musical ability combined with superb showmanship” by Door Concerts, Inc.

With an impressive touring schedule, they have performed around the world at the Ravinia Music Festival in Illinois, the Bethlehem Musikfest in Pennsylvania, the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts  and internationally at the Festival de Musica de Camara de Aguascalientes. They were also invited by Samuel Adler to perform on the premiere recording of his “Transfiguration: An Ecumenical Mass.” Synergy is often heard on National Public Radio and, in 2005, they broadcast on NBC with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

In addition to performing, the member s of the quintet also teach music. They’ve given presentations on music at more than 500 public schools across the country and have given master classes and events at many of the leading music colleges and conservatories in the U.S., including The Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School, Rice University, University of North Texas, Northwestern University, San Francisco Conservatory, Arizona State University, University of California at Los Angeles, and Eastman School of Music.

They have also served in residencies as the Quintet-in-Residence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and as resident musicians at the International Festival at Roundtop and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival.

For more information on this stellar quintet, click here.