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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.