Escape the heat of Downtown St. Pete with cool summer concerts in the intimate, elegant Marly Room at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete. Tickets are first-come, first-served, cost $20 for adults and $10 for students 22 and younger with current ID, and can be purchased online. Admission to the entire Museum is included in the ticket price.
Come early and have brunch in the MFA Café in DTSP.
Marly Music Society members pay only $15 per concert. Please consider joining the group to
support the series. You must be a Museum member to join.
Concerts are sponsored in part by the Friends of Joe Sprain in his memory; the Estate of Mrs. Elvira Wolfe de Weil; the Tampa Bay Times; WUSF; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
For more information, please call 727.896.2667 or visit the website. The concerts continue select Sunday thru August 28, 2016.
The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet
The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet has won over audiences for more than 35 years. These talented
musicians—trumpets Robert Smith and Kenneth Brown, horn Andrew Karr, trombone Dwight
Decker, and tuba William Mickelsen—are veteran members of The Florida Orchestra and have
enriched our cultural life in countless ways.
Robert Smith joined The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet in 1984 and has been Principal Trumpet since
1994. He has been a featured soloist numerous times and has been guest principal with the
Dallas, Houston, New Zealand, and Singapore Symphonies and guest associate principal with
the San Francisco Symphony. He holds his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University,
where he studied with the great brass players of the Chicago Symphony, and has been a fellow
Kenneth Brown, Assistant Principal Trumpet, became a member of The Florida Orchestra in
1996. He has also performed with the Grand Rapids, the South Bend, the West Coast, and the
American Wind symphonies. He freelances throughout the Tampa Bay area and holds his
Bachelor of Music from the University of South Florida.
Andrew Karr, Assistant Principal Horn, has played with The Florida Orchestra since 2008. He
has also been Principal Horn of the Shanghai Philharmonic and the Shanghai Broadcasting
Symphony. He has served as acting principal horn of the Sarasota Orchestra and a member of
the New World Symphony in Miami. He has performed as a soloist or principal horn in more
than 20 countries on four continents and has even worked with music students in Iraq and
Afghanistan. He holds his music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music.
Dwight Decker, Principal Trombone, is a founding member of The Florida Orchestra Brass
Quintet and has played with the Orchestra since 1973. He has also been principal trombone
with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and at the Shenandoah Music Festival. He received his
Bachelor of Music from Wheaton College in Illinois, where he, too, studied with brass players
from the Chicago Symphony. He has been an adjunct instructor at the University of South
Florida, the University of Tampa, and St. Leo University.
William Michelsen, Principal Tuba, has been with The Florida Orchestra since 1979 and was
one of the early members of the Brass Quintet. He earned his Bachelor of Music from the
University of North Colorado and his Master of Music from Yale University. He has performed
with many ensembles during his career and has taught throughout the area.