AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET TO PERFORM MUSIC FROM THE RENAISSANCE
The American Brass Quintet, acclaimed as one of the premier brass ensembles of our time, will perform Saturday, July 30 in the fourth concert in the Salida Aspen Concert summer series.
The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Salida High School auditorium, 26 Jones Avenue. A pre-concert discussion with the artists begins at 6:45 p.m.onstage.
ABQ will be assisted on the program by the Anima Brass, winner of this year’s Brass Quintet Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School. The program presents a mix of Renaissance church music and contemporary works for brass ensemble.
The ABQ will play “Three Venetian Canzoni” from 16th Century Italy, pieces which were edited by Raymond Mase, former lead trumpet of the ABQ. ABQ will also play the following modern works: “Brass Quintet No. 1Circus by Clint Needham (b. 1981), “Brass Quintet No. 2 American by Kenneth Fuchs (b. 1956) and Quintet for Brass, Op. 73 by Malcom Arnold (1921-2006). After intermission The Anima Brass will perform “Three Fantasias in Church Modes” by Thomas Stoltzer (1475-1526), a European priest and court musician whose music influenced composers of a later age.
The program ends with the ten horns of both quintets on stage for the playing of “Music from Renaissance Venice” edited by Tim Higgins and Michael Powell. Within this selection are two canzoni by Giovanni Gabrieli, a leading instrumental composer of the Renaissance.
Hailed by Newsweek as “the high priests of brass,” the American Brass Quintet has played all over the world, premiered more than 150 contemporary brass works while having made nearly 60 recordings. ABQ has been the resident brass ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970 and has performed almost every year during the 40-year history of Salida Aspen Concerts.
ABQ consists of Kevin Cobb, trumpet; Louis Hanzlik, trumpet; Eric Reed, horn; Michael Powell, trombone and John D. Rojak, bass trombone.
The Anima Brass formed at SUNY Stony Brook University’s Department of Music. The name Anima refers to live giving “breath.” Members of the quintet are John-Thomas Burson, trumpet; Thomas Pang, trumpet; Austin Sposato, horn; Michael Lockwood, trombone and Jeff Smith, bass trombone. Each year, the Aspen Music Festival and School sends world-touring classical music stars to Chaffee County for six concerts.
The concert is underwritten by High Country Bank.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or online,www.SalidaAspenConcerts.org. Price is $15, and $3 for students. Information is available online and through Jean Hanfelt, administrator, 719-539-6467.