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Spotlight on the Symphony Recital 2

  • Samper Recital Hall 6500 Soquel Avenue Santa Cruz, CA, 95062 United States (map)


Sponsored by Bill and Glennie Doyle

Brass Over Bridges is a Brass Quintet comprised of performers and educators. Two of its members - Matt Ebisuzaki, trumpet and Esther Armendariz, trombone - are principal players with the Santa Cruz Symphony. The other members of the ensemble - Margarite Waddell, horn, Ari Micich, trumpet and Lucas Jensen, trombone - have also performed with the Santa Cruz Symphony.

In honor of Veteran's Day, this recital will feature American composers such as Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Michael Tilson Thomas, and others. This is a great opportunity to experience the wide range of sounds and styles possible with brass instruments. Tickets at

And as a special treat, members of Brass Over Bridges will be performing the National Anthem at the Warriors’ Santa Cruz Symphony Night on Nov. 10. Join other Symphony/Sports fans in support of the Symphony by attending the first Saturday night game of the season. Tickets at



Copland, arr. Sutherland         Copland Portrait

Gershwin, arr. Schutza            3 Preludes

Barber, arr. McNeff                  Adagio

Thomas                                Street Songs

--- Intermission ---

DiLorenzo                            Fire Dance

Crespo                                  Suite Americana
ii. Bossa Nova
v. Son de Mexico

Blake/Roberts/Joplin              Glad Rags

D-Rivera                              Four Pieces
i. Wapango
ii. Danzon
iii. El Cura
iv. Sofia


Based in San Francisco, Brass Over Bridges is an ensemble of performers and educators. They bring live music to audiences throughout the SF Bay Area, from concert recitals to cocktail parties and academic masterclasses to one-on-one instruction. 

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Matthew Ebisuzaki, Trumpet

A Bay Area native, Matthew Ebisuzaki received his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and his master’s degree from the New England Conservatory. An avid classical performer, he has performed with the Boston Pops as well as members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Boston Symphony and is currently Principal Trumpet of Santa Cruz Symphony. Matthew performs regularly in the Bay Area and enjoys working on musical projects that push outside the boundaries of normalcy.

Lucas Jensen, Trombone

Originally from Washington state, Lucas Jensen is an active local bass trombonist and graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Before moving here, he received his Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory. He subs regularly with the Spokane Symphony, and plays with orchestras and chamber groups throughout the Bay Area. As a teacher, he works with several schools in Mountain View, teaches privately, and has worked with the San Francisco Symphony’s Education Department through their Adventures in Music Program.

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Margarite Waddell, horn

French hornist Margarite Waddellis an active freelancer and passionate educator. She was part of the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music program, where she performed for all of the first and second graders in the SF Public School District with her trio, Oak Street Brass. Margarite has played with groups including the Stockton Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Redlands Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, and spent a year as the Assistant Principal Horn with the Rogue Valley Symphony in Oregon. Notably, she appeared as a soloist with the Silicon Valley Philharmonic last year. Margarite received her MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Esther Armendariz, trombone

Esther Armendariz is principal trombonist with the Santa Cruz Symphony and 2nd trombonist with the Stockton Symphony. She frequently performs with other orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Jalisco Philharmonic. Committed to helping students achieve their personal best, Esther teaches lessons to all ages, and is the trombone instructor for Young Musician's Choral Orchestra. She holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the University of Southern California.

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Ari Micich, trumpet

Ari Micich has held positions with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa and the Berkeley Symphony. He has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and many other Bay Area orchestras. Ari has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and toured internationally to France, where he performed for Nelson Mandela's ninety-fifth birthday celebration. In addition to playing classical music, Ari enjoys playing Jazz, writing music and teaching.

Earlier Event: November 10
SC Symphony Night at the Warriors
Later Event: November 30
League: Home Tour Launch Party