MAILED: Jan. 22, 2001
The University Artists Series will present the Grammy Award-winning Chestnut Brass Company on Monday, Feb. 5, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The only brass quintet that regularly performs with both modern and historical instruments, The Chestnut Brass Company will begin its concert at 7:30 p.m. in W.L. Zorn Arena.
The Chestnut Brass Company offers audiences a form of musical time travel ranging from early Renaissance to the frontiers of modern music. The diversity of their repertoire ensures that audiences young and old alike will enjoy an evening of innovative programming.
Peter Schickeles Brass Calendar, Cole Porters Night and Day and a medley of Irving Berlin tunes will share the Artists Series program with early 19th-century brass band music. The concert will also feature Portrait of a Civil War Soldier, a performance on antique brass instruments narrated by Toby Yatso, a UW-Eau Claire music student known for his performances in University Theatre productions and Cabaret.
Since its beginning in 1977 as a small group of street musicians playing for shoppers on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, The Chestnut Brass Company has advanced the enjoyment of brass instruments through live concerts and recordings, combining wit and humor to entertain audiences of all ages. The company promotes an appreciation of the musical genre from the earliest of instruments through the most contemporary ones, performing on more than 90 instruments.
As curators of the sounds of ancient brasses, The Chestnut Brass Company has been at the forefront of the period-instrument revival. From the Civil War-era back-firing horns, to a rare complete set of keyed bugles, a consort of sacbuts and the startlingly sinuous Renaissance serpent, some of these instruments can be heard nowhere else but at a Chestnut Brass Company concert. The groups passion to reflect the rich tradition and exciting spirit of brass instruments has earned it a well-deserved reputation for collecting antique instruments, seeking out forgotten repertoire and recreating the lost sounds of other eras.
In February 2000, The Chestnut Brass Companys Hornsmoke: Music of Peter Schickele (Newport Classics) received a Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for Best Classical Crossover Recording marking the first time a brass quintet has won an award in that category. The ensembles recording of 19th-century political campaign music, Hail to the Chief! (Sony Classical), reached number 13 on the Billboard crossover charts.
Interviews and recitals of the Chestnut Brass Company have been featured on National Public Radios All Things Considered, Fresh Air, Radiotimes and Performance Today programs, as well as the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Bavarian State Radio and numerous radio and television stations across the United States. The quintets music has been heard in PBS-TV documentaries including A House Divided and several presentations of The American Experience.
Tickets are $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 in Davies Center and at the door.
Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they 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 telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 23, 2001