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Artists Series to present Atlantic Brass Quintet March 13

March 7, 2012
 Atlantic Brass Quintet
EAU CLAIRE — The Artists Series will feature a wide-ranging program performed by the Atlantic Brass Quintet March 13 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Widely acclaimed as one of the world's finest brass ensembles, the Atlantic Brass Quintet has been heard in 48 of the United States and more than a dozen countries across four continents, performing a unique repertoire spanning Dufay, Gesualdo and Bach; Babbitt, Ellington and Zappa; and ethnic music from the streets of Brazil, Cuba, the Balkans and New Orleans. Winner of six international chamber music competitions, the Boston-based quintet wins critical praise for its distinctive sound, impeccable ensemble, virtuosity and inviting stage presence.

The Artists Series concert will begin with two J.S. Bach preludes and fugues from "The Well-Tempered Clavier," arranged by ABQ trumpet player Louis Hanzlik. The program will include "Danzas Argentinas" (1937) by Alberto Ginastera; "Sonatine" (1951) by Eugene Bozza; contemporary works by jazz composers Ben Monder and Alan Ferber; "Dance Suite" (1989) by Leonard Bernstein; and traditional brass band music from the Balkans.

Founded in 1985, the Atlantic Brass Quintet launched its career with a string of competition victories over a period of two years. The quintet earned grand prizes in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, the Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition, the Shoreline Alliance Chamber Music Competition, the Summit Brass First International Brass Ensemble Competition and the Rafael Mendez International Brass Quintet Competition. The group also was honored by Musical America by being named Young Artists of 1988. In 1992, by unanimous decision, the quintet won the Première Prix at the International Brass Competition of Narbonne, France, recognized worldwide as the preeminent competition of its kind.

Career highlights have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Boston Celebrity Series, Caramoor and the White House. Thousands have enjoyed their performances at Tanglewood-on-Parade, and in 1991, as part of Boston's Fourth of July celebration, Atlantic Brass Quintet entertained an audience of more than 350,000 on the Esplanade.

The Atlantic Brass Quintet has been the resident brass quintet of Boston University, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Boston Conservatory. The popular Atlantic Brass Quintet International Brass Seminar, established in 1993 and in residence at Boston University, has secured the ensemble's legacy to the next generation of brass musicians. A new annual seminar on the West Coast was launched in 2007 and is based at Saint Mary's College of California.

Tickets are $17 for the public, $15 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, or $7 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets for students are half-price, $3.50, until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students must pay the full student-ticket price.

Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and will be sold at the door.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to Discover, MasterCard or Visa when they purchase online or order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all online and telephone charge orders.

Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin. The Artists Series also is funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support.

The Artists Series is administered by the Activities, Involvement, and Leadership office of the University Centers.

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