First UALR Artspree of the season features Saint Louis Brass Quintet

SLBQNewSmall-825x510The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s first Artspree event of the 2015-16 season will feature one of America’s longest standing brass quintets, Saint Louis Brass Quintet, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.

Originally formed by members of the St. Louis Symphony, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet has performed more than 2,500 engagements throughout the world during its 40 years.  Current members of the Quintet are Allan Dean, trumpet; Ray Sasaki, trumpet;  Jeff Nelsen, horn; Melvyn Jernigan, trombone; and Daniel Perantoni, tuba. Jernigan is the only original member still with the group.

General admission for the concert is $15 and $10 for non-UALR students. Admission for UALR students, faculty, and staff is free. For tickets call 501.569.8993 or order online at

Artspree is a performing arts series funded in part by the UALR Chancellor’s Circle Foundation and supported by KLRE Classical 90.5.

Artspree aims to bring unique musical and cultural performances to central Arkansas. In addition to the opening concert by the Saint Louis Brass Quintet, the series will feature an award-winning mime who has appeared on Broadway and two trios — one jazz and another that specializes in a wide array of musical periods.

Thanks to a partnership with the Little Rock School District, Artspree also is steeped in its commitment to educational outreach to young students.

For more information, contact Dr. Naoki Hakutani, Artspree director at 501.683.7230 or