Friday, September 23, 2011

"American Brass Quintet" Comes to Lenoir-Rhyne University

The Concert Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University will kick off the 2011-12 season with a free performance by the American Brass Quintet on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. Tickets are not required and the L-R Friends of Music invite the entire community to experience this group.

Founded in 1960, the American Brass Quintet seeks to promote brass chamber music as a serious chamber music medium. Now in its 51st season, the American Brass Quintet has been internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time and an icon in the brass world. The ABQ's rich history includes performances in Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and all fifty of the United States; a discography of over fifty recordings; the premieres of over one-hundred contemporary brass works, and in the last decade, mini-residencies that have brought the ABQ's chamber music expertise to countless young musicians and institutions worldwide. ABQ commissions by Samuel Adler, Bruce Adolphe, Daniel Asia, Jan Bach, Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Jacob Druckman, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, Steven Sacco, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, Melinda Wagner, and Charles Whittenberg, are considered among the most significant contributions to the modern brass quintet repertoire.

Premieres in the last three seasons include works by Gordon Beeferman, Nolan Gasser, Trevor Gureckis, Justin Dello Joio, Shafer Mahoney, Anthony Plog and David Sampson. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary last year, the ABQ released its ninth recording on the Summit label-a double CD of new works written for the ABQ in the last decade called State of the Art: The ABQ at 50.

Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography, and educational mission, the ABQ has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field. Hailed as "the high priests of brass" by Newsweek, "positively breathtaking" by the New York Times, and "of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished" by the American Record Guide, the American Brass Quintet has clearly defined itself among the elite chamber music ensembles of our time.

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