Esbenshade Series: Upbeat Brass

The series opens Wednesday, Oct. 7, with a performance by UpBeat Brass. With a signature sound that makes just five players seem like a big band — no other group has their combination of sax, brass, and drums. UpBeat Brass is a fun-loving band that makes each performance an event to be remembered. One of a kind in every way, they are...
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Esbenshade Series: Ensemble Schumann

The series returns to the home stage on Tuesday, Oct. 27, with Ensemble Schumann. This colorful combination of instruments brings together three outstanding artists for lively programs of works by such composers as Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saens, Francis Poulenc, Dmitri Shostakovich, Benjamin Britten, and Cesar Franck.
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Esbenshade Series: Quink Vocal Ensemble

The Series takes a break until the spring semester when Quink Vocal Ensemble takes the stage on Thursday, Feb. 11. It was after a successful debut at the Holland Festival that Quink quickly emerged as a stunning and unique ensemble. They are a remarkable group of five Dutch singers whose special style has helped establish their reputation as...
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Esbenshade Series: Orchid Ensemble

Established in 1997, Orchid Ensemble will perform Tuesday, March 30. Blending the ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, Orchid Ensemble creates a beautiful new sound. The ensemble has embraced a variety of musical styles to its repertoire, ranging from the traditional and contemporary music of China, World Music,...
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Esbenshade Series: Qiu Xiaolong

Wrapping up the season on Thursday, April 15 is Qiu Xiaolong. A novelist and poet born in Shanghai, China, he is the author of the award-winning Inspector Chen series of mystery novels including Death of a Red Heroine, A Loyal Character Dancer, and When Red is Black, to name a few. He is also the author of two books of poetry translations and...
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