Bakersfield Community Concert Association

2019-2020 Concert Season

M5 Mexican Brass - Sunday, September 22, 2019 2:30 p.m.
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M5 Mexican Brass features brass. Latin America’s most successful brass quintet with international recognition. They perform a combination of virtuosic chamber music in all styles from Baroque to Broadway, provide non-stop interaction with the audience, inborn showmanship and inimitable Latin American charm. High-class music making and humor. Join the Bakersfield Community Concert Association as we celebrate our 57th Anniversary Season. Single concert tickets are $35. Adult BCCA season memberships (5 concerts) are $75.

M5 Mexican Brass

Since its founding in 2005, M5 Mexican Brass has established itself as Latin America's most successful Brass Quintet. Their recipe is the mix of high-class music making and humor.

Combining their skills at virtuosic chamber music in all styles, non-stop interaction with the audience, inborn showmanship, inimitable Latin American charm, and their very own sound, M5 concerts are unique musical- theatrical experiences.

In its 14th Anniversary year, the group looks back at a very active touring schedule with more than 1000 concerts in 5 continents. Tours through the US, Canada, Colombia, Algeria, China, Chile, the Bahamas and Germany brought M5 wide international recognition, and made them one of Mexico's most active cultural ambassadors.

Hear audio from the M5 Mexican Brass on their website.

They are as comfortable in renowned venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Qintai Concert Hall in Wuhan/ China, the Sala Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico City or in High School Auditoriums, Community Concert Series and Universities. M5 Mexican Brass has performed with worldwide renowned musicians like Fred Mills and Jens Lindemann.

A large percentage of M5’s activities are dedicated to education, whether school concerts, workshops or master classes. The dynamic quintet performed more than 500 educational concerts for approximately 200,000 children in Mexico, the US and Canada. An increasing number of contemporary composers write new works for M5.

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Born in Germany, Alex studied with Bob Platt, Konradin Groth (Berlin Philharmonic) and Peter Leiner (“Das Rennquintett”) at the Universities of Arts in Berlin and Saarbrücken. He studied a Doctoral Degree with Richard Stoelzel at McGill University in Montreal. Alex has participated in courses with Rainer Auerbach (Berlin State Opera), Jens Lindeman, Allan Vizutti, Tim Morrison, Hannes Läubin, James Thompson etc. He has been invited to play with well-known orchestras as the Berlin State Opera, Semper Opera Dresden, Cologne Radio Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra etc.. In Germany he had contracts with the Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra of Bremen, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Disney's production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” etc., in México he was principal trumpet of the Michoacán Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Monterrey and Mineria in Mexico City. Alex was trumpet professor at the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia from 2005 to 2016. He performed as a soloist in Mexico, Korea, Italy, Germany, Peru and France. He was recently appointed Assistant professor of Trumpet at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He also teaches Meditation.


Originally from Santa Catarina del Monte, Oscar studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City under maestro Francisco Peralta (National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, and has participated in master courses with Philip Smith (New York Philharmonic), Pierre Dutot (Paris Conservatory), Boyd Hood (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Uwe Köller (German Brass), among others. He has performed with The State of Mexico Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of Xalapa, and the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra, and was Co-Principal with the Michoacán Symphony Orchestra. Currently Oscar is Principal Trumpet and soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Toluca. Oscar and Alex are the founding members of M5 Mexican Brass . He lives with his wife and two little girls in his birthtown in the mountains of Texcoco.


Born in Mexico City, Juan Carlos began playing music at age seven, and soon joined the José Pablo Moncayo Youth Orchestra. He studied french horn at the National School of Music (UNAM) with Elizabeth Rising Kinsey. Juan Carlos has participated in master classes with such well-known musicians as Guelfo Nalli, Radovan Vladcovic, Martin Hackleman, and Jon Gustely, as well as with members of the German Brass and Canadian Brass. Juan Carlos played principal horn in the Youth Symphony Orchestra in Toluca, the Michoacán Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Hidalgo in Pachuca. With the members of M5, he has participated in classes with Fred Mills and Jens Lindemann, Jim Thompson and Andrew Hitz. Juan Carlos is currently principal horn player in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Toluca.


Jose was born in Texcoco and studied at the National Conservatory of Music and at the Culture Centre “Ollin Yolitztli” in Mexico City with Erasto Vázquez and Dwight Sullinger (Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra). José has participated master classes with Alan Trudel and with members of the Meridian Arts Ensemble and the San Luis Brass Quintet. He toured Mexico for two years with a student brass quintet and regularly plays with the symphony orchestras in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Acapulco, Xalapa, Monterrey and Guanajuato. José has been principal tuba with the Pachuca Symphony Orchestra since 2002. He lives with his wife and 3 kids in in the mountains of San Jeronimo Amanalco, Texcoco, where he conducts his own Symphonic Wind Band.


Born in San Bartolo Cuautlalpan, State of México, Carlos studied at the National Conservatory of Music with Benjamín Alarcón Bear and participated in masterclasses with Jacques Mauger (Paris Opera), Dr.James Lebens (Université Laval de Quebec), Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony), José Leonardo León (Florida Opera), Ángel Subero (Boston University), etc. In 2010 he was first trombone in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Toluca (OFIT) and in 2011 second trombone in the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Universidad Autónoma de México (OFUNAM). He is frequently invited to perform with mayor Mexican orchestras like the OFUNAM, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, Camerata de Coahuila and Orquesta de las Américas. M5´s trombone player since 2012, he is the youngest member of the quintet.


Welcome to Harvey Auditorium   M5 Mexican Brass for a delightful Sunday afternoon of music for brass.


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