Tickets: $15/$20 in advance – all tickets $20 at door
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet entertains a wide variety of audiences with its versatile repertoire ranging from the Baroque to Broadway and Dixieland Jazz to traditional classics. A brass quintet is the most powerful of the chamber ensembles, and can fill up a hall with its grand sound like an organ. In the hands of these superb musicians, it can also sing soft and sweet, bringing you to the edge of your seat, and get your toes tapping with jazzy tunes to boot. The TSO Brass Quintet has built a loyal fan base with adult and youth audiences across southern Arizona.
Jonah Levy is a diverse trumpeter whose musical background has taken him to New York City as a klezmer bandleader, around the world as a cruise ship show band musician, to the Sony, Warner Bros. and Fox scoring stages as a recording artist in Los Angeles, to some of the worlds famous concert halls as an orchestral musician, and now to Tucson where he is currently acting as Principal Trumpet. As one of the leading young American contemporary-music trumpeters, Jonah has been noted for his work as a soloist in chamber ensemble ‘wildUp’ and the opera company ‘The Industry’ by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker. Jonah was formerly principal trumpet of the American Youth Symphony, YMF Debut Orchestra, and the Orquesta Filharmonica de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico. He studied with James Thompson (Eastman School of Music-Montreal Symphony Orchestra), Edward Carroll (California Institute of the Arts-Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra), and James Wilt (The Colburn School-Los Angeles Philharmonic), as well as private studies with Mark Inouye (San Francisco Symphony), Glenn Fischthal (San Francisco Symphony), and Markus Stockhausen. On March 20th, 2016, Jonah will act as co-principal trumpet for the Pierre Boulez Memorial Concert in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Betsy Bright is currently second trumpet in the Tucson Symphony. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Betsy was a student of Robert Nagel. She attended college at the Shenandoah Conservatory outside of Washington, DC where she studied trumpet with Adel Sanchez and composition with Thomas Albert. She graduated summa cum laude in 2003 with a BM in performance and a minor in composition, earning the Wilkins Conservatory Award. Before moving to Tucson, Betsy performed often with the National Symphony Orchestra and held summer positions with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and Bay View Music Festival faculty brass quintet. She is a frequent sub with the Phoenix Symphony and maintains a private trumpet studio.
Victor Valenzuela is currently Third Horn with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. As well as holding this position, he is also Instructor of Brass at Pima Community College. Mr. Valenzuela holds Degrees from New Mexico State University and Northwestern University. He has performed with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the Phoenix Symphony, El Paso Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Arizona Opera. He has toured with the National Symphony of Mexico during its 2002 North American Tour. Mr. Valenzuela has performed for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1984 Olympic Games, the 1986 re-opening of the Statue of Liberty and the 1988 Celebration of the Declaration of Independence.
Michael Becker was named Principal Trombone of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 2000. In 2002 and 2005, Mr. Becker performed on tour with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Prior to this appointment, he was Second Trombone of the Honolulu Symphony from 1990-1996 and Principal Trombone of the Savannah Symphony from 1987-88.Mr Becker has performed all over the world including with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the World Orchestra with Sir Georg Solti in Geneva, Switzerland; Baden-Baden, Germany; and London, England. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in music performance from Indiana University and Arizona State University, respectfully. Mr. Becker is also a dedicated teacher and clinician. He taught adjunct at University of Arizona and University of Hawaii at Manoa.
David Morgan was appointed principal tuba of the Tucson Symphony in 2010. He hails from Vienna, Virginia, a bustling suburb of Washington, DC. David studied tuba with Michael Bunn (Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra) at the Shenandoah Conservatory; he earned a bachelor of music in tuba performance in 2003 and minored in bass trombone. He continued his education at Carnegie Mellon University where he studied tuba with Sumner Erickson of the Pittsburgh Symphony. David has performed at the Aspen, Hot Springs, and Bay View Music Festivals as well as having freelanced throughout the DC area.