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Metales M5, Mexico's leading brass quintet to play at Marshall Auditorium...

Metales M5 unites classical and world music, contemporary repertoire and pops arrangements in programs that range through the brass literature and beyond. These five young musicians break the barriers of musical genres as they take the Blues to the Opera and Bach to the roads of Michoacán. Metales M5 is fresh, funny, extra-ordinary!

Metales M5 is Mexico's leading brass quintet. Since its founding in Morelia, the capital of Michoacán in the Central Highlands between Guadalajara and Mexico City, the five gentlemen of Metales M5 have been playing a wide variety of music without regard to genre: Baroque and contemporary music, opera, blues, pop, movie soundtracks, and folk music from Spain, Mexico, and other Latin American countries.

As evidenced in their newest CD and live program "Esta Cañón", M5 mixes the known with the unexpected ‐ surprising, virtuosic and always entertaining. Combining their skills at fine classical chamber music, non-stop interaction with the audience, inborn showmanship and their inimitable Latin American charm, M5 concerts are unique musical-theatrical concert experiences.

Since 2005 Metales has performed over 250 concerts throughout Mexico, including a recent 30-concert tour sponsored by Fondo Regional para la Cultura y las Artes del Centro Occidente. In the past two seasons the group has inaugurated the International Festival "Rosario Castellanos" in Comitán, Chiapas, participated in the 17th International Festival of Music of Morelia, and presented two national premieres for brass quintet and symphony orchestra. Metales M5 made its American debut during the 2007-08 season with performances in Texas, Nebraska (Meadowlark Music Festival), Pennsylvania, Vermont, Alberta (Banff Centre) and with the Pueblo (Colorado) Symphony, and were featured in Chicago in the Fall 2008 US tour of the Morelia Symphony Orchestra. Metales M5 is Ensemble-in-Residence at Morelia's Conservatorio de las Rosas, America's oldest conservatory of music.

Each of the players has an extensive professional background with his respective brass instrument. Holding degrees from universities in Germany and Mexico City, the musicians have played in the symphony orchestras of Bremen, Berlin, Monterrey, Guanajuato, Mexico City, Acapulco and Aguascalientes, and are currently soloists with the Symphony Orchestras in Morelia, Toluca and Pachuca. Their unique style combining fine chamber music with popular entertainment makes Metales M5 incomparable.