McMINNVILLE – Trombones de Costa Rica, winners of the Costa Rican National Award of Music in 1997, will kick off the new Lively Arts Concert Series at Linfield College Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. The series will feature three concerts in the 98-seat Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield. "The vision is to bring outstanding guest artists to Linfield for the college and community, with the opportunity to experience these concerts in an intimate recital hall setting and to meet the artists," said Faun Tiedge, chair of the Linfield Department of Music. "In such a small space, Delkin Hall provides a warm setting where the audience and the artists can share a special bond." Tickets for the concerts will be $5 and will help offset expenses for the concerts, Tiedge said. Tickets will go on sale at 7 p.m., one hour before the concerts begin. Light music and a fireside social hour will be held during that time. Those attending will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the various artists. In addition to the Trombones de Costa Rica, the Lively Arts Concert Series will feature David Wakeham, baritone and artist-in-residence, Sunday, Dec. 7, and pianist Jill Timmons, professor of music and artist-in-residence, and violist Laura Klugherz, presenting a master class and concert, May 20 and 21. Trombones de Costa Rica is considered one of the most innovative and virtuoso brass ensembles in the Americas. Since its formation in 1991, TCR has distinguished itself for its clear projection to varied audiences through recitals and educational programs. The variety of this group’s repertoire is evident in their recordings, "Contrastes," "Imágenes" and "Trombonismos," which present a mix of standard classical and Costa Rican music. In addition, the ensemble has commissioned works from composers worldwide. TCR has served as guest ensemble and faculty of the 2003 Brazilian and Latin American Trombone Festival, the 2001 and 2002 International Trombone Association annual festival, the 2003 Eastern Trombone Workshop and the 2005 Big Twelve Trombone Conference. They were awarded the City of Passau's Special Prize in Germany in 1999. TCR has traveled extensively throughout the American continent, the Caribbean and Europe. In addition to ensemble recitals, TCR has performed as guest soloist ensemble with other major groups such as the Costa Rican National Symphony, the United States Army Band, the Oregon State University Symphonic Band, the Carroll College Wind Ensemble, the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, San José National Band and the University of Costa Rica Wind Ensemble. In 2001 the ensemble developed the Trombones de Costa Rica International Festival which brings to Costa Rica prominent guest artists and students from Latin America and United States. The concert at Linfield is sponsored in part by Oregon Partners of the Americas, Linfield College Department of Music, International Programs Office and Edwards Instrument Company. For more information, call 503-883-2275.