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Dubbed “the high priests of brass,” (Newsweek) the American Brass Quintet has set the standard for the modern classical brass ensemble. Embracing the past and the present, the group performs a program of Renaissance works punctuated by a world premiere inspired by the tradition of madrigals and motets.

“The members of the American Brass Quintet breathe as one, provide effortless, well-matched phrasing, and generally produce a superbly balanced, fine golden sound.” —The Los Angeles Times

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    American Brass Quintet

    Kevin Cobb, trumpet
    Louis Hanzlik, trumpet
    Eric Reed, horn
    Michael Powell, trombone
    John D. Rojak, bass trombone

    The American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. As 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, ABQ's rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and all fifty of the United States; a discography of nearly sixty recordings; and the premieres of over one hundred fifty contemporary brass works.

    ABQ commissions by Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, and Charles Whittenberg, among many others, are considered significant contributions to contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire. The ABQ’s Emerging Composer Commissioning program has brought forth brass quintets by Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney. Among the quintet’s recordings are eleven CDs for Summit Records since 1992 including the ABQ’s 50th release State of the Art—The ABQ at 50 featuring recent works written for them.

    Committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the American Brass Quintet has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. Since 2000 the ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of mini-residencies as part of its regular touring. Designed to offer young groups and individuals an intense chamber music experience over several days, ABQ mini-residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and a dozen foreign countries.

    The New York Times recently wrote that “among North American brass ensembles none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet,” while Newsweek has hailed the ensemble as “the high priests of brass” and American Record Guide has called the ABQ “of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished.” Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography and educational mission, the American Brass Quintet has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field.

    “The members of the American Brass Quintet breathe as one, provide effortless, well-matched phrasing, and generally produce a superbly balanced, fine golden sound.” —The Los Angeles Times

Josquin des Prez (c.1450 - 1521)

Selected works to be announced

Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643)

Selected works to be announced

Antony Holborne (1545 - 1602)

Selected works to be announced

Nina C. Young (b. 1984)

"The Glow that Illuminates, The Glare that Obscures" for Brass and Electronics (World Premiere, SHCS co-commission)

Program Subject to Change Without Notice