Philos Brass Quintet to perform at Spivey Hall

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Maria-Jose Subiria


With their own version of "Little Red Riding Hood," the Philos Brass Quintet, a group of conservatory-trained musicians, will teach children about instruments of the brass family next week.

"Each character is represented by an instrument," said Catherine Striplin, education manager at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University.

In the musical version of "Little Red Riding Hood," the young girl's challenging fairytale journey through the woods to her grandma's house, will occur, but it will have a different twist. In the Philos Brass Quintet's version, there is no confrontation, but cooperation instead, and camaraderie and concern dominate.

Stanford Thompson, founder of the quintet, explained that the musical group's version will show Little Red Riding Hood receiving a French horn from her grandmother, who leaves her a note with instructions to visit her for a lesson. On her journey to her grandmother's house, Little Red Riding Hood runs into the wolf, who teaches her how to blow, and make sounds with the trombone.

After her lesson with the wolf, Little Red Riding Hood crosses paths with the woodman, who teaches her how to use the keys on his trumpet to produce different notes, he said. Finally, Little Red Riding Hood arrives at her grandmother's house, where her grandmother teaches her to play from her heart.

Though the concert is geared for children in third-grade through eighth-grade, it is open to the public, said Striplin. Tickets are $1, and those interested, should contact Spivey Hall in advance to check seating availability, at (678) 466-4200, she said.

The quintet will perform its version on Monday, Jan. 10, at 9:45 a.m., and 11:45 a.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., in Morrow. The performances are part of Spivey Hall's Young People's Concert series, which enables students of all ages to hear music of a variety of traditions, while enhancing their learning in different subjects, according to Striplin.

The Philos Brass Quintet was founded in December 2007, and its members were trained at the Curtis Institute of Music, in Philadelphia, Pa.; The Juilliard School, in New York, N.Y., and Georgia State University. Thompson said the group includes members from Decatur, Kennesaw, Buford and Marietta.

"We feel it is our responsibility to help educate the next generation of young people, and inspire the next generation of musicians," he said.