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ARTS BRIEFS The Sarasota String Quartet will perform in Sarasota with the Sarasota Brass Quintet on Jan. 16. Contributed photo SARASOTA STRING QUARTET AND BRASS QUINTET TO PERFORM The Sarasota Concert Association will present the Sarasota String Quartet and the Sarasota Brass Quintet in a Munchtime Musicales concert on Jan. 16 at noon, in Holley Hall inside the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The concert is free and open to the public. The Sarasota String Quartet and the Sarasota Brass Quintet are two popular ensembles comprising "outstanding musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra," a news release says. "The String Quartet is known as one of Florida's premier ensembles, the release adds, noting, "Its performances have been described as 'a near perfect example of the kind of music-making that can be achieved by talented musicians who have worked together for a long time.'" The musicians of the Sarasota String Quartet have been performing with the Sarasota Orchestra for a combined total of nearly 60 years, according to the release. The musicians of the Sarasota Brass Quintet are highly accomplished musicians, as well, the release notes. Trumpeter Greg Knudsen has performed with many ensembles, including the New World Symphony and the Spoleto USA Festival Opera Orchestra. Tuba player Jay Hunsberger is on the faculties of the University of South Florida and Manatee Community College and has performed with prominent orchestras and ensembles around the country, the release adds. Munchtime Musicales is a series of free concerts featuring performances by high-caliber, area-based artists. It is designed to offer a wide variety of musical genres, including classical, folk and jazz, featuring both vocal and instrumental performers, the release points "The Sarasota Brass Quintet, founded in 1986, out. is one of Sarasota Orchestra's best-known ensembles, celebrated for its entertaining pro- Seating is open; no reservations are taken. For grams that cover a broad diversity of musical more information about Munchtime Musicales, call 351-7467 or visit styles," the release points out.

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