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Widener to host free recital series starting Feb. 18

Manhattan Brass Quintet, David Taylor, Recital Series, Widener Recital

David Taylor's Manhattan Brass Quintet will perform on Feb. 18 as part of the Widener University Recital Series.

Chester, Pa. – On Sunday, Feb. 18, Widener will host the first of three performances as part of the Widener University Recital Series on its Main Campus. Admission to the concert series is free and open to the public.
The Feb. 18 performance starts at 3 p.m. and will take place in the newly-renovated Kapelski Recital Hall, located on the on the corner of E. 14th and Walnut streets in Chester, Pennsylvania.

The first set of performers is David Taylor's Manhattan Brass Quintet. For over 25 years, Manhattan Brass has been known for innovative programming, eye-opening repertoire, and commitment to educating audiences of all ages about live music and the brass idiom.

Hailed as a critic's pick in Time Out New York magazine, the ensemble is an amalgam of individual virtuoso musicians, each bringing to the table their unique experience and vision. Comfortable in every genre from Gesualdo to jazz, the quintet is intent on taking brass ensemble playing to another level and bringing their audience with them.

Throughout its history, the quintet has commissioned, premiered and recorded the works of a wide range of composers, including jazz greats Wynton Marsalis and Paquito D'Rivera.

The performance will include works by Persichetti, Ellington, Schnyder and Gabrielli.

The Widener University Recital Series, now in its second season, brings world-renowned musicians to both Widener students and the community. Other upcoming performances in the series include John Vanore & Abstract Truth on Sunday, March 18 and the Jim Ridl Group on Sunday, April 15.

Reservations are encouraged, but not required. To reserve your spot, email and include the concert date in the subject line. For more information, contact the Music Department at 610-499-4339.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,