Modesto Symphony Orchestra opens new season with Latin Fire

mrowland@modbee.comSeptember 26, 2013 

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    WHAT: Latin Fire and Bubbly Bash

    WHEN: Bubbly Bash 6 p.m. and Latin Fire 8 p.m. Oct. 4-5

    WHERE: Latin Fire in Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto; Bubbly Bash in Old World Savings Bank Building, 10th and I St.

    TICKETS: Latin Fire $15-$67, Bubbly Bash $50

    CALL: (209) 338-2100

    ONLINE: www.galloarts.org and www.modestosymphony.org

Fire and bubbles will open the Modesto Symphony Orchestra’s 83rd season.

The orchestra kicks off with Latin Fire, a show featuring Music Director David Lockington and the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet, on Oct. 4-5. Both nights before the concerts will be a special ticketed champagne reception called Bubbly Bash.

The show will celebrate the Latin spirit and feature the world premiere of a new composition by Brazilian American composer Raimundo Penaforte. The piece, “Concertice for Brass Quintet & Chamber Orchestra,” was created specifically for Axiom Brass and the Modesto orchestra and will be presented by him on stage.

Other selections will include “Danzon Cubano” by American composer Aaron Copland and the American premiere of “Fantasia Flamenca.” Lockington will engage the audience in a pre-concert conversation at 7 p.m. before both shows to discuss little known facts about the composers and repertoire.

The Axiom Brass Quintet is an ensemble-in-residence at the Music Institute of Chicago and at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Last year the five-man group was the only brass quintet in 27 years to win the prestigious Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and the only American ensemble to ever win the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau in Germany.

Sacramento Bee arts critic Edward Ortiz praised the group’s West Coast debut this January on the San Francisco Classical Voice site, calling them a “standout group of musicians.”

“In the life of largely unknown ensembles, there’s that moment when the group has solidified in a way that its performances portend that future notoriety is almost a given. It can be likened to a garage band that plays at a club for the first time, where everyone in attendance has that ‘I was there when they were nobody’ moment,” he wrote. “This was the undercurrent felt during a stellar performance by the Axiom Brass Quintet (West Coast debut).”

Axiom Brass’ repertoire ranges from jazz and Latin music to string quartet transcriptions, as well as original compositions for brass quintet. The ensemble has made national radio and television appearances as well as performed concerts in Asia, Europe, South America and across the U.S.

The concerts both nights will be preceded by a ticketed champagne reception. The Bubbly Bash invites guests to dress in their finest and walk the red carpet across from the Gallo Center at the old World Savings Bank building. Inside there will be small-plate entrees, champagne and a variety of wines.

Bee staff writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at mrowland@modbee.com or (209) 578-2284. Follow her on Twitter @marijkerowland.

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