Renowned American Brass Quintet to Perform at Laidlaw April 9


Posted on April 4, 2016 by Keith Bohnet Keith Bohnet


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American Brass Quintet

On Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m., the renowned American Brass Quintet will appear in concert in the Recital Hall of the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at the University of South Alabama. This performance will be the culmination of a two-day residency in which the ensemble will work with students from USA and area high schools as part of the USA Honors Brass Chamber Music Festival. This is the second USA appearance by the ABQ.

Tickets for this Special Event will be sold at the door only. Admission is $15 general and $10 for USA faculty & staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only). MAS passes will NOT be accepted for this concert. Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call (251) 460-7116 or (251) 460-6136.

About the American Brass Quintet

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, Canada and the United States; a discography of nearly 60 recordings; and the premieres of over 150 contemporary brass works.

Committed to the development of brass chamber music through higher education, the American Brass Quintet has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. Of the ABQ’s residency at Juilliard, President Joseph Polisi wrote, “With intelligence, artistry, and imagination, the ABQ has exemplified the highest standards of chamber music for brass instruments during its remarkable existence.” Since 2000 the ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of short residencies as part of its regular touring. Designed to offer young groups and individuals an intense chamber music experience over several days, ABQ residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and a dozen foreign countries.

Highlights of their 2015-2016 season include two performances at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, an annual recital in Juilliard’s Paul Recital Hall and an appearance at the 60th anniversary season of the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Connecticut. The Quintet plays a program at these colleges of extremely varied music, including Little Suite of Miniatures by Steven Sacco, ABQ commissions Shine by Robert Paterson, Cadence, Fugue, Fade by Sebastian Currier, Colchester Fantasy by Eric Ewazen, early music from Gesualdo, Palestrina, Elizabethan consort music, among others.

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Need directions to Laidlaw? Just go to Google Maps at www.maps.google.com and enter "USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center." We're actually on the corner of University Blvd. and USA Drive South.

Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event! Call (251) 460-7116 or email kbohnet@southalabama.edu. Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert! (Pass Holders only please! Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)

For information on how to join the Musical Arts Society, visit our website at www.southalabama.edu/music and click on "events and programs" to see everything you need to know about the Musical Arts Concert Series and USA's Musical Arts Society.


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