M5, Mexican brass quintet, sets April 5 symphony gig

They're young, they're hot and they're making their first U.S. appearances, mostly in Texas and, at 7:30 p.m. April 5, right here in Pueblo . Metales M5 - Alexander Freund, Oscar Villegas, Juan Carlos Quiterio Miguel, Fernando Islas Melendez and Jose Lopez Juarez - will bring trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba to the stage of Hoag Hall, on the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo, in a lively performance with the Pueblo Symphony. The so-called Children's Concert will appeal to children of all ages and sizes - OK, so call it a family concert - and the only significant difference between the performance and a regular symphony performance is the lesser cost: $10 a seat, for all ages, for all sections of the theater.

Since the group's founding in Morelia, the capital of Michoacan, the five musicians have played a wide variety of music: Baroque and contemporary music, opera, blues, pop, movie soundtracks and folk music from Spain, Mexico and other Latin American countries.

Since 2005, the group has performed more than 100 concerts throughout Mexico, including a recent 28-concert tour sponsored by Fondo Regional para la Cultura y las Artes del Centro Occidente.

The quintet will perform about 11 lively pieces with Jacob Chi's Pueblo Symphony, including some James Bond music, "Granada, " a bit of Dixieland, "La Cumparasita, " "Guadalajara" and "Summertime."

And they'll do a lot of their own music, sans symphony accompaniment.

Metales M5 performs regularly in the Morelia Cathedral, and in the last two seasons has presented two national premieres for brass quintet and symphony orchestra.

Each of the five members of M5 has an impressive professional background with his respective brass instrument.

Holding degrees from universities in Berlin, Mexico City and Zacatecas, the musicians have played in the symphony orchestras of Monterrey, Guanajuato, Acapulco, Mexico City and Aguascalientes, and are soloists with the Morelia Symphony Orchestra.

The Pueblo audience will see and hear a unique style that combines fine chamber music with popular entertainment. The Mexican musicians will provide instruction at Cesar Chavez Academy and Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School at 2 p.m. April 4.

The five men will be guests at an April 4 noon luncheon at Giacomo's, 910 W. U.S. 50 West.

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