January 25, 2018
American Brass Quintet Celebrates 30 Years at Juilliard
This season marks the 30th anniversary of the American Brass Quintet as Ensemble-in-Residence at The Juilliard School.  As a special celebration, Juilliard has commissioned Philip Lasser, professor of Compositional Studies, for a piece dedicated to the Quintet, Common Heroes, Uncommon Land.  A visionary composer with ties to both traditions, Lasser is known for his unique style of blending the colorful harmonies of French Impressionist sonorities with the dynamic rhythms and characteristics of American music.  The new piece will be premiered on February 14, 2018 at Juilliard’s Paul Hall.  Additional works to be performed include selections arranged by the Quintet's members Louis Hanzlik and Kevin Cobb, and Copperwave by Joan Tower.
Common Heroes, Uncommon Land speaks of the glory of the everyday. It celebrates the human spirit in its daily routine and uncrushable work ethic. Based on five short poems by various poets, each movement explores a particular facet of the American experience.  The first movement describes the urban heroes in their dogged morning trek towards work and sustenance. The second honors the farmers in their rural struggle with the land. The third and fourth movements celebrate our common quest for joy and the noble act of holding fast to dreams. The last movement serves as an epilogue to the work offering an ode to the everyday heroes and heroines of our land as they create the future.
About American Brass Quintet
Hailed by Newsweek as “the high priests of brass,” 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.  Its latest album, Perspectives, released in January 2017 on Summit Records, is described by the American Record Guide as “another outstanding ABQ release”; The Gramophone opines, “the American musicians bring utmost cohesion, balance and expressivity to each of the scores they perform with ear-catching intensity and finesse.”  From "blowing the roof off" in San Francisco to educating the next generation of musicians at the Juilliard School, the American Brass Quintet are captivating audiences, students, critics, and presenters throughout the country on their 18-city U.S. tour in support of their newest release, Perspectives, on Summit Records. 

60 seconds about
American Brass Quintet's
30th Anniversary @ Juilliard School

About the new commission 
"Common Heroes, Uncommon Land"
by Philip Lasser

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Paul Hall, The Juilliard School

American Brass Quintet
Kevin Cobb and Louis Hanzlik, trumpets
Eric Reed, horn
Michael Powell, trombone
John D. Rojak, bass trombone

Ed. by Louis Hanzlik:
 Consort Music of Elizabethan and Jacobean England
Ed. by Kevin Cobb: Suite from 19th Century Russia
LASSER: Common Heroes, Uncommon Land (world premiere)
TOWER: Copperwave
GESUALDO (ed. Louis Hanzlik): Three Madrigals
GABRIELI (ed. Louis Hanzlik): Two Sacred Motets

Single ticket: $20 — Click here for more information

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