American Brass Quintet
In 2013, after fifty-three years of extraordinary music-making, the American Brass Quintet earned Chamber Music America’s highest honor for “significant and lasting contributions to the field.” Internationally respected as an elite chamber music ensemble, “the high priests of brass” (Newsweek) have amassed a discography of fifty-plus albums and premiered more than 150 contemporary works. Tours have taken the quintet to five continents and all fifty of the United States. The quintet, in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1970, features trumpeters Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb, hornist David Wakefield, trombonist Michael Powell, and bass trombonist John D. Rojak. The concert program features Renaissance madrigals by Italian Luca Marenzio; Renaissance chansons by Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prés; five works by nineteenth-century German Ludwig Maurer; Fantasia and Rondó, a composition by Osvaldo Lacerda who, in 1963, became the first Brazilian composer to earn a Guggenheim Fellowship; Copperwave, a quintet-commissioned work by Grammy Award-winning contemporary American composer Joan Tower; and Cadence, Fugue, Fade, a piece written for the quintet by American Sebastian Currier that has its world premiere in New York City two weeks before being performed at Schwab.
Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab.
This concert is made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and American Brass Chamber Music Association, Inc.
Norma and Ralph Condee Chamber Music Endowment