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Silver Lake College’s Artist Music Series Presents Wisconsin Brass Quintet, Vocalist Abby Nichols

Posted on February 20 2014

The Wisconsin Brass Quintet and guest vocalist Abby Nichols will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 1 in the new Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, located on the campus of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

It’s the fifth of seven concerts in Silver Lake College’s 2013-14 Artist Music Series.

Founded in 1972, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet is a faculty ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. Members include John Aley on trumpet, Daniel Grabois on horn, Mark Hetzler on trombone, John Stevens on tuba, and Jessica Jensen on trumpet.

The group has performed extensively throughout the Midwest and nationally, including appearances at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. The quintet, which has released three recordings, also performs annual live broadcast concerts on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Barry Kilpatrick, who writes for American Record Guide, said, “I’ve reviewed over 250 brass recordings in the past five years, and this is one of the very best. The WBQ is a remarkable ensemble that plays with more reckless abandon, warmth, stylistic variety and interpretive interest than almost any quintet in memory.”

Abby Nichols, a native of Madison, has a bachelor’s degree in musical theater from Pace University in New York City, where she performed leading roles in numerous productions, including “Alice in Wonderland” and “Into the Woods.” During her years in New York City, she also played lead roles in national tours of “Annie” and “Junie B. Jones,” and was in the Lincoln Center production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Passion” and the Gallery Players’ “City of Angels.”

Tickets are $17 for general admission, and $12 for students and seniors (ages 65 and older). To purchase tickets, visit the Capitol Civic Centre box office at or call (920) 683-2184.