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American Brass Quintet performs Dec. 6

November 16, 2011

“Positively breathtaking.”
– New York Times

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the “breathtaking” American Brass Quintet in concert on Tuesday, December 6. Hailed as “the high priests of brass” by Newsweek and “of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished” by the American Record Guide, the American Brass Quintet (ABQ) has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field.

The members of the quintet – Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb, trumpets; David Wakefield, horn; Michael Powell, trombone; and John Rojak, bass trombone – will spend two days in residence at the School of Music, where they will hold master classes and workshops with YSM brass students.

In their concert on Dec. 6, contemporary works alternate with music from much earlier times. The first half opens with a set of Baroque canzoni by Erasmus Widmann and continues with the Fantasia and Rondo of 20th-century Brazilian composer Osvaldo Lacerda. It concludes with the ABQ’s recent commission from Trevor Gureckis ’07MM. “Fixated Nights” describes the composer’s experiences with troubled sleep.

The second half of the program features a unique set of marches for brass ensemble by Classical composer Luigi Cherubini, a set of popular Renaissance chansons by Josquin des Prez, and Joan Tower’s “Copperwave,” commissioned in 2006 by the ABQ. The program concludes with a pair of Giovanni Gabrieli’s majestic canzoni. YSM faculty artists Allan Dean, trumpet; William Purvis, horn; and Scott Hartman, trombone, as well as two YSM students, will join the ABQ to perform these grand antiphonal works.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall at Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets are $25–$35, $15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Performers

Now in its 51st season, the American Brass Quintet has been internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time and an icon in the brass world. The ABQ’s rich history includes performances in Europe, South America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and all fifty U.S. states; a discography of over fifty recordings; the premieres of over one hundred new brass works, and mini-residencies that have brought the ABQ’s chamber music expertise to countless young musicians worldwide. In commemoration of its 50th anniversary last year, the ABQ released its ninth recording on the Summit label, a double CD of works written for the ABQ in the last decade.The American Brass Quintet has been in residence at the Juilliard School since 1987 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. The American Brass Quintet includes Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb, trumpets; David Wakefield, horn; Michael Powell, trombone; and John Rojak, bass trombone.

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