Eun Sun Kim Conducts The National Brass Ensemble at Davies Symphony Hall, June 20, 2022

National Brass Ensemble

First formed in 2014, NBE is composed of musicians from top orchestras across the country and includes several SFCM faculty.

Performance features world premieres of new works by Jonathan Bingham and Arturo Sandoval, Richard Strauss’s "Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare" and a new compilation arrangement of music from Richard Wagner’s "Ring" Cycle by SFCM instructor and SF Symphony Principal Trombone Timothy Higgins.

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On June 20, 2022, Eun Sun Kim conducts the National Brass Ensemble at Davies Symphony Hall, in a program featuring music by Jonathan Bingham, Arturo Sandoval, Richard Strauss, and Richard Wagner. The program includes the world premiere of Jonathan Bingham’s DEIFIED, a commission that was awarded to Bingham as part of the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s (SFCM) Emerging Black Composers Project in 2021. The concert also features Arturo Sandoval’s Brass Fantasy, a new work written especially for the National Brass Ensemble, and opens with Richard Strauss’ Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare. The second half of the program is dedicated to a new hour-long compilation arrangement of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle titled The Ring, arranged by SF Symphony Principal Trombone and Professor of Trombone at SFCM Timothy Higgins.

The National Brass Ensemble (NBE) is composed of the finest brass players in major orchestras across the United States. Formed in 2014 as a joint venture between the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Sonoma State University's Green Music Center, the NBE includes principal brass, percussion, and timpani players from the top U.S. orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Opera/Ballet Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony, among others. Conductor Eun Sun Kim is the Caroline H. Hume Music Director of San Francisco Opera.

The performance is co-presented by the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Conservatory of Music as part of SFCM’s new collaborative project with the National Brass Ensemble, which also includes a new album recording and the National Brass Ensemble Summer Academy (June 13–20). The album will feature the same works performed on June 20 and will be recorded and released by PENTATONE Music, as part of the new alliance between SFCM and PENTATONE. The week-long academy will include intimate masterclasses, side-by-side brass ensemble and orchestral section readings, interactive chamber music sessions, and workshops delving into audition preparation, performance psychology, and arranging for brass ensemble.

Artistic Director of the National Brass Ensemble and Principal Trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra Michael Sachs comments, “I am so delighted that after a seven year break we were able to again find that needle in a haystack moment when we can gather together the National Brass Ensemble! We'll be performing and recording new works written especially for us by Jonathan Bingham, Arturo Sandoval, and a new Richard Wagner Ring compilation arrangement done by our own Timothy Higgins. In addition to these performed works, this time we will be interacting with a group of brass students especially chosen through auditions to participate in a comprehensive menu of educational events including panel discussions, lectures, intimate masterclass settings, instrument specific subject matter classes, as well as interactive readings of chamber music, music of Giovanni Gabrieli, and standard orchestral repertoire.”

National Brass Ensemble
David H. Stull - Executive Director
Michael Sachs - Artistic Director
Eun Sun Kim - Conductor, Caroline H. Hume Music Director of San Francisco Opera

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Michael Martin - Fourth/Utility Trumpet
Toby Oft - Principal Trombone
James Markey - Bass Trombone
J. William Hudgins - Principal Percussion
Jessica Zhou - Principal Harp

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Gail Williams - Former Assoc. Principal Horn, Professor of Horn, Northwestern University

The Cleveland Orchestra
Michael Sachs - Principal Trumpet
Nathaniel Silberschlag - Principal Horn
Richard King - Fourth Horn, former Principal Horn
Randy Hawes - Acting Bass Trombone
Yasuhito Sugiyama - Principal Tuba
Marc Damoulakis - Principal Percussion
Paul Yancich - Principal Timpani
Trina Struble - Principal Harp

Indiana University
Demondrae Thurman - Euphonium, Professor of Music

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Conrad Jones - Principal Trumpet

Nashville Symphony
William Leathers - Principal Trumpet Designate

New York Philharmonic
Christopher Martin - Principal Trumpet
Richard Deane - Assoc. Principal/Acting Principal Horn
Leelanee Sterrett - Third Horn/Acting Assoc. Principal Horn
Joseph Alessi - Principal Trombone

Philadelphia Orchestra
Jeffrey Curnow - Associate Principal Trumpet
Jennifer Montone - Principal Horn

San Francisco Opera & Ballet Orchestras
Adam Luftman - Principal Trumpet

San Francisco Symphony
Mark Inouye - Principal Trumpet
Robert Ward - Principal Horn
Jonathan Ring - Second Horn
Jessica Valeri - Fourth Horn
Timothy Higgins - Principal Trombone
Jeffrey Anderson - Principal Tuba
Jacob Nissly - Principal Percussion
Jonathan Dimmock - Organist

Tickets for the concert at Davies Symphony are now available.  
Learn more about The National Brass Ensemble Summer Academy at SFCM.