MAILED: Sept. 23, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The American Brass Quintet, called "the high priests of brass" by Newsweek magazine, will perform Thursday, Oct. 23, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Artists Series presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center.
Performing a broad range of repertoire from Renaissance to accessible contemporary American music, the American Brass Quintet is the longest continuously performing brass quintet in North America. Since its inception in 1960, the ensemble has toured nationally and internationally and has performed in virtually all of the world's major cities, concert halls and major music festivals.
Ensemble in-residence both of the Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival, the ABQ also presents a formal music series in New York City each season. The ensemble is the only brass quintet ever presented on PBS-TV's "Live from Lincoln Center."
"What the American Brass Quintet seemed intent on proving was that anything their instrumental relatives can do, they can do as well, or better," wrote The Washington Post. "No texture, speed, tonal color or dynamic seems to be beyond their means. They sustain wispy pianissimos as easily as deafening fortissimos, and toss off trills with awesome nonchalance."
The ensemble is currently comprised of Raymond Mase and Chris Gekker, trumpets; David Wakefield, horn; Michael Powell, trombone; and John Rojak, bass trombone. The ABQ recently made its 42nd recording, adding even more repertoire to the largest body of serious brass chamber music ever recorded by one ensemble.
Admission is $15 for the general public; $13 for those age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $5 for those age 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate. The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 23, 1997