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Presenting the

American Brass


April 14, 2019

3 PM at the
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive

Photo of American Brass Quintet

The American Brass Quintet, pictured above, clockwise from left:
Kevin Cobb, trumpet; Louis Hanzlik, trumpet;
Michael Powell, trombone; Eric Reed, horn
and John D. Rojak, bass trombone.

Widely considered one of the world’s preeminent chamber music ensembles, the American Brass Quintet is hailed for its burnished sound, brilliant virtuosity, and the musical acuity of its performances. The American Record Guide has described the group “of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished,” a distinction borne of acclaimed performances, commissions that have broadened and deepened the brass ensemble repertoire and that of contemporary music, and commitment to the education of generations of musicians. Founded in 1960, the American Brass Quintet has performed on five continents, made nearly 60 recordings, and premiered more than 150 contemporary works for brass.

The American Brass Quintet has commissioned works by leading 20th century and contemporary composers, including Bruce Adolphe, Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, Virgil Thomson, George Walker, Dan Welcher, and Charles Whittenberg; these works have largely established the modern brass quintet repertoire. In addition, the Quintet’s Emerging Composer Commissioning program has spurred the composition of brass quintets by Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney. The American Brass Quintet’s latest album Perspectives, released by Summit Records in January 2017, which features music by Robert Paterson, Jay Greenberg, Sebastian Currier, and Eric Ewazen, has garnered unstinting praise from Gramophone: “the American musicians bring utmost cohesion, balance, and expressivity to each of the scores they perform with ear-catching intensity and finesse.” The Quintet has made 12 albums for Summit Records, including their 50th-anniversary release State of the Art—The American Brass Quintet at 50, a collection of works written for them.

During the 2018-2019 season, the American Brass Quintet performs throughout the United States. A highlight of its fall travel is a concert of masterworks for brass and voices by composers of the Spanish Renaissance—Tomás Luis de Victoria, Cristóbal de Morales, and Francisco Guerrero—performed with Seraphic Fire, the acclaimed Florida vocal ensemble. The program also features the world premiere of Veni by Australian-Canadian composer Julian Revie. The Quintet and Seraphic Fire’s fall tour of Florida is followed by 2019 appearances in Indiana, Kansas and Southern California. As a resident ensemble of the Juilliard School, where the Quintet serves on the faculty, teaching assumes a key role in its mission as educators and on its annual tours. They give master classes at Old Dominion University, University of Idaho, Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, ID, Goshen College, Goshen, IN, and Johnson County Community College, in Overland Park, KS. Elsewhere this season, the American Brass Quintet is presented by Brookings Harbor Friends of Music, Brookings, OR, Close Encounters with Music, Great Barrington, MA, and Friends of Music.

Committed to the development of brass chamber music through higher education, the American Brass Quintet has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Juilliard School since 1987 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. To commemorate the American Brass Quintet’s 30th anniversary, the Juilliard School commissioned Philip Lasser to write the piece Common Heroes, Uncommon Land, which had its premiere in February 2018 at Juilliard’s Paul Hall. Of its residency at Juilliard, President Joseph Polisi stated, “With intelligence, artistry, and imagination, the American Brass Quintet has exemplified the highest standards of chamber music for brass instruments during its remarkable existence.” Since 2000, the Quintet has also provided its expertise in chamber music performance, training, and coaching, through a program of short residencies and master classes as an established part of its touring. Designed to offer young groups and individuals intense chamber music instruction over several days, the Quintet’s residencies have been taken up with enthusiasm by schools and communities through the United States and a dozen foreign countries.


April 14, 2019

The American Brass Quintet

Kevin Cobb, trumpet
Louis Hanzlik, trumpet
Eric Reed, horn
Michael Powell, trombone
John D. Rojak, bass trombone

Victor Ewald (1860-1935)
Quintet No. 2 in E-Flat, Op. 6

Philip Lasser (b. 1963)
Common Heroes, Uncommon Land


Dan Coleman (b. 1972)

Thomas Stoltzer (1475-1526)
Three Fantasias in Church Modes

Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)
Frost Fire (1990)

Program subject to change.

Admission is at the door only by suggested donation of $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students and anyone under 13 years of age is admitted at no charge. Refreshments are served after the concert catered by The Tulip and the Rose Restaurant of Franklin, NY.

Special thanks to the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation for their help in funding this concert, and as always Thank you to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert and our entire season possible.

Among numerous distinctions and citations, the American Brass Quintet is the 2013 recipient of the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, the highest honor accorded by Chamber Music America.

To read more about the group and the individual artists and to listen to samples of their work, please visit their Web site at The American Brass Quintet is represented by Kirshbaum Associates, New York.

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