Bronx Arts Ensemble presents Manhattan Brass performing holiday favorites at historic Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. Tickets are free with the price of admission to the Mansion which is $8 for adults and $6 for students/seniors.
Fanfare from La Peri – Paul Dukas
Farewell to Stromness – Peter Maxwell Davies (Arr. Seltzer)
Maria/Tonight – Leonard Bernstein (Arr. Jack Gale)
Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake) – J. S. Bach
Tango – Albenez
Christmas Song – Mel Torme (Arr. Carla Bley)
We Wish you a Merry Christmas – Old English Carol (Arr. Jack Walrath)
Jingle Bells – James Pierpont (Arr. Carla Bley)
Stuffy Turkey – Thelonius Monk (Arr. Jack Walrath)
It Came upon a Midnight Clear – Edmund Sears (Arr. Carla Bley)
Wayne J. du Maine, Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Tony Kadleck, Trumpet
R. J. Kelley, Horn
Michael Seltzer, Trombone
David Taylor, Bass Trombone
For 25 years, Manhattan Brass has been known for its innovative programming, dynamic performances, varied, eye-opening repertoire, and commitment to educating audiences of all ages about live music and the brass idiom. Hailed as a Critic’s Pick in Time Out New York magazine, the ensemble is an amalgam of individual virtuoso musicians, each bringing to the table their unique experience and vision. Comfortable in every genre from Gesualdo to jazz, the quintet is intent on taking brass ensemble playing to another level and bringing their audience with them.
If you enjoy the show, please stop by Bay Plaza Mall at 3 pm.
Wayne du Maine – Trumpet
A native of St. Louis, Wayne J. du Maine has performed and recorded with such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and currently holds the principal chair with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and American Composers Orchestra. Wayne has also led the Hartford Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic and Westchester Philharmonic as conductor of educational concerts.
As a longtime member of Manhattan Brass, Wayne has presented and created numerous educational outreach programs for K¬-12 students in the five boroughs, CT, NJ and PA. He has also taught at Columbia University, Princeton University, Bar Harbor Brass Week and Bowdoin Music Festival. Wayne is currently Director of Bands at Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ where he leads the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Bands, Jazz Quintet, Rock Band and Trumpet Ensemble. He holds degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, where he received the Peter Mennin and William Schuman Awards for outstanding excellence, and has been an associate musician with the Metropolitan Opera for 26 years.
Tony Kadleck – Trumpet
Tony has performed and recorded with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Elton John, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Manhattan Brass is honored to welcome Tony, and looks forward to his creativity and direction – all well-aligned with the group’s passion for freedom of interpretation and improvisation based on tradition, experimentation and spontaneity.
Tony attended Boston’s New England Conservatory, where he studied both classical and jazz performance. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, he toured with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Blood, Sweat & Tears. His career subsequently has included recording sessions with Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross and Celine Dion.
As composer and arranger Tony has worked on countless jingles and for many films and shows, and he is currently a member of the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, New York Pops, John Fedchock’s NY Big Band, Westchester Jazz Orchestra and John Pizzarelli’s “Swing Seven”. In addition, Tony is a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music and Montclair State University.
R.J. Kelley – Horn
Resident of the New York area since 1990, R.J. Kelley has been heard with such distinguished ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, NY City Opera, NY City Ballet, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Aspen Wind Quintet.
RJ currently serves as principal horn of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under Nicolas McGegan, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra/Kenneth Slowik, American Classical Orchestra/Thomas Crawford (CT), Portland (OR) Baroque Orchestra/Monica Huggett and Washington Bach Consort/Reilly Lewis. He has been featured as concerto soloist with the above-named ensembles, as well as the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Connecticut Orchestra, The Governor’s Musicke (Williamsburg, VA), Tafelmusik (Toronto) and Capella Nuova (Stockholm, Sweden).
R.J. has served on the artist faculties at Colorado College and Hartwick College (NY), and has presented lecture recitals and master classes at Florida State University, San Jose State University, Rutgers University, University of Montana and University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Michael Seltzer – Trombone
Originally from Los Angeles, trombonist Michael Seltzer performs with a wide variety of artists and ensembles covering a diverse range of styles including contemporary, classical, popular, world and jazz. He has worked with artists including Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def, Bernadette Peters and David Byrne. He is on the faculty of Columbia University, is a multiple-time Grammy award nominee/winner with numerous ensembles, and has performed extensively on Broadway.
Michael is solo/principal trombonist of the American Composers Orchestra, Manhattan Brass and Absolute Ensemble, and performs with Orchestra of St Luke’s, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony, NY City Ballet and Opera, NY Pops, Metropolitan Opera and The Knights. He teaches at the Calhoun School, Packer Collegiate, and Horace Mann School, in addition to Columbia University.
Michael has been a panelist for Chamber Music America’s National Conferences and has been a guest clinician/lecturer at the Juilliard School, Princeton University, Curtis Institute, Indiana University at Bloomington, Temple University and the Hochschulen für Music in Bremen and Stuttgart, Germany.
David Taylor – Bass Trombone
Receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, David Taylor started his playing career as a member of Leopold Stokowski’s American Symphony Orchestra and with appearances with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez. Simultaneously, he was a member of the Thad Jones Mel Lewis jazz band, and has recorded with groups ranging from Duke Ellington to The Rolling Stones.
David performs recitals and concerti around the world, from Lincoln Center in New York to the Musikverein in Vienna and Suntory Hall in Japan. In addition to his own compositions, he has been involved in commissioning projects for solo bass trombone, collaborating with composers Alan Hovhaness, Charles Wuorinen, George Perle, Frederic Rzewski and Eric Ewazen. David performs with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra. Throughout his career, he has appeared and recorded with Barbara Streisand, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin. Mr. Taylor has won the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science’s “Most Valuable Player Award” for five consecutive years, and has been awarded the NARAS “Most Valuable Player Virtuoso Award”, an honor accorded no other bass trombonist. David Taylor is also on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College.