March 28, 2014
Two of the Metropolitan Opera's "Top Brass" performers will be on the University of Mary campus April 5 to perform a recital that is free and open to the public.
Trumpeter Billy Hunter and trombonist Weston Sprott, both performers with the Met, will play a joint recital at 3 p.m. April 5 in Arno Gustin Hall on campus.
Hunter is currently principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and assistant principal trumpet of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Previously, he was co-principal with the New World Symphony and Spoleto Festival, Italy. Among other awards, Hunter has won first prize in the Kingsville International Competition Brass and Non-string divisions and second prize in the National Trumpet Competition. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Juilliard School.
Sprott was appointed to the position of second trombone of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2005. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2007. Sprott was recently featured in the documentary, "A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler," with actor Richard Dreyfuss. Sprott has appeared on PBS's "Great Performances" and NPR's "Performance Today." He is currently on the faculty at Mannes College (The New School for Music), Purchase College Conservatory of Music, and Juilliard's Music Advancement Program in New York City.