The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet plays holiday favorites Sunday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.
TARPON SPRINGS - On Sunday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m., ring in the holidays with the Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.
The ensemble performs Handel, Bach, and a glorious fanfare of Christmas favorites such as “Joy to the World” and “White Christmas.” Known for their great versatility, entertaining narratives, and musical skill, the quintet is made up of principal players from The Florida Orchestra: Robert Smith (trumpet), Kenneth Brown (trumpet), Andrew Karr (French horn), Dwight Decker (trombone), and William Mickelsen (tuba).
Reserved seat tickets are $22; $18 for center members and students. For tickets or more information, call 727-942-5605 or visit Tarponarts.org.
• Procession of the Nobles, from “Mlada” - Rimsky-Korsakov • Herrscher des Himmels (Hear, King of Angels) - Bach • Domine Deus (Lord God), from “Gloria” RV 589 - Vivaldi (1678-1741) • Let It Snow • The Sussex Carol • Carol of the Drum • Jolly Old Saint Nicholas • Joy to the World • And others
Robert Smith, joined the Florida Orchestra in 1984, and has served as its principal trumpet since 1994. He has been a featured soloist in Florida Orchestra concerts a number of times, performing works by Haydn, Hummel, Shostakovitch, Arutunian, and Arban, and was featured recently with Kenneth Brown in Vivaldi’s "Concerto for Two Trumpets." He has also served as a guest principal for a number of orchestras around the world, including the Dallas and Houston Symphonies, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and also was engaged as a guest Associate Principal with the San Francisco Symphony. Closer to home, he has served as a guest artist on the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Florida Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Sarasota Music Festival. He was appointed in 2009 as principal trumpet for the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado, and participated that year in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
Kenneth Brown, joined The Florida Orchestra as assistant principal trumpet in 1996. He previously held the same position with the Grand Rapids Symphony in Grand Rapids, Mich., and was principal trumpet with the West Shore Symphony in Muskegon, Michigan. He has also performed with the orchestras of Kalamazoo and Lansing, Michigan, South Bend, Ind., and Sarasota, Fla. As a soloist, he has performed with the West Shore Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. In 1986, he toured the eastern United States for six months as Principal Trumpet with the American Wind Symphony. Originally from Florida, Mr. Brown attended the University of South Florida.
Andrew Karr is the assistant principal horn of The Florida Orchestra. Prior to that he was principal horn of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. After attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, he joined the New World Symphony in Miami. Locally, he has performed with the Sarasota Orchestra and Opera Tampa. He is also a regular member of the Colorado Music Festival and the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. He served on the faculty of Vassar College from 2000-02 and is on the faculty of the University of South Florida in Tampa. In summer 2008 he traveled to Iraq to teach at the Unity Academy for Performing Arts in Kurdistan, and in February 2012 to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul.
Dwight Decker, trombone, is a native of New Jersey. He attended Wheaton College where he was a student of Jay Friedman and Edward Kleinhammer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Principal Trombone with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and with the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival Orchestra in Virginia. Since 1973 he has been Principal Trombone of The Florida Orchestra.
William Mickelsen, tuba, is from Fort Collins, Colo. Upon completion of undergraduate studies at the University of Northern Colorado, Mr. Mickelsen taught at the University of Rhode Island before entering graduate studies at Yale University where he received the Master of Music Degree. Throughout his college years, Mr. Mickelsen had the good fortune to receive instruction from great teachers, as well as extensive orchestral and chamber music coaching from some of the nation's very finest brass players. He has been principal tuba with The Florida Orchestra since 1979 and is currently on the music faculty of St. Petersburg College.