A touch of Spain comes to Three Stages

By: Eileen Wilson, Telegraph Correspondent
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Fall in Folsom promises to be brassy. When renowned group Spanish Brass performs Saturday evening at Three Stages in Folsom, the audience is in for a rollicking good time. Spanish Brass, a group of five men from Spain, is known around the world for their musical expertise and the way they present brass chamber and eclectic music in a fun and approachable way. The quintet has no trouble finding an audience. With a hectic touring schedule that spans the globe — Spain, Germany, Puerto Rico, area music enthusiasts are lucky to have an opportunity to see the group before they head off to sites far flung. But the Folsom Lake Community Concert Association (FLCCA) makes securing top-notch talent a priority. “We are the best-kept secret in the Sacramento area. We offer five or six performances a year at very reasonable prices (a series costs as little as $60),” said the organization’s president, Craig Burnett. “We booked performers for this season last March or April, and we have had an overwhelming response.” The non-profit organization, which is volunteer run, has been around for almost two decades, and recently started utilizing the new Three Stages Performing Arts Center at Folsom Lake College. “We’ve been thrilled with the beautiful venue, and are glad to support the college,” Burnett said. “Three Stages seats over 800 people for this performance, and there is limited availability for tickets. We were surprised to find that the first tickets that sell are usually the most expensive ones (the box seats).” Board members make an annual trek, at their own expense, to Nashville each year to audition up to 40 artists in person. According to Burnett, Spanish Brass paid for their own way to the U.S. to be a part of the audition process, and audiences are in for a real treat. “Spanish Brass is a great group. They’re sharp, they’re funny, they swing their horns around — it’s very choreographed and they put on a great show,” Burnett said. It’s obvious the quintet loves what they do. From silly antics to audience participation, the group makes sure there’s never a dull moment. According to FLCCA’s Vice President of Publicity, Tom Chilton, the group is dynamic and offers a stirring performance. In short, the group “easily captivates every crowd.” But the award-winning group’s music never takes second stage. Recipients of the first-place prize in the 1996 Narbonne International Brass Quintet Competition, which, according to the FLCCA Website, is the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. Spanish Brass also gives courses and master classes at schools around the world. The quintet is the second performing group in the FLCCA series that began with The Watercoolers in September. Upcoming concerts include: Christiane Noll on Nov. 20, The Four Freshmen on Feb. 12, and The American Tenors on April 15.