On Sunday, April 14, at 3 pm, Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents the first concert of its 2019 performance series, The American Brass Quintet. Kevin Cobb (trumpet), Louis Hanzlik (trumpet), Eric Reed (horn), Michael Powell (trombone), and John D. Rojak (bass trombone) will play Victor Ewald’s Quintet No. 2 in E-Flat, Op. 6; Philip Lasser’s Common Heroes, Uncommon Land, Dan Coleman’s Daybreak, Thomas Stoltzer’s Three Fantasias in Church Modes, and Eric Ewazen’s Frost Fire.
Widely considered one of the world’s preeminent chamber music ensembles, The American Brass Quintet is hailed for its burnished sound, brilliant virtuosity, and the musical acuity of its performances. The American Record Guide has described the group “of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished,” a distinction borne of acclaimed performances, commissions that have broadened and deepened the brass ensemble repertoire, and commitment to the education of generations of musicians. Founded in 1960, the American Brass Quintet has performed on five continents, made nearly 60 recordings, and premiered more than 150 contemporary works for brass.
Admission is by donation; the suggested donation is $12 per person, $6 for seniors & students. There is no charge for those under age 13. Cash or check only; no advance ticket sales or reservations.
Friends of Music’s 33rd Season continues on the third Sunday of every month with the Claremont Trio (piano trio) on May 19; the Attacca Quartet (string quartet) on June 16; the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble on July 21, Piazzolla: Neave Trio and Carla Jablonski, mezzo-soprano,on August 18; Pegasus: The Orchestra, a contemporary orchestra project, on September 15; Rachel Lee Priday, violin, and Marija Stroke, piano, on October 20; Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone, and Spencer Myer, piano, on November 17; followed by a special free concert on December 1st.
Performances are generously hosted by the Stamford United Methodist Church at 88 Main Street, Stamford, NY. The Stamford United Methodist Church is handicap accessible and has ample parking. For more information about Friends of Music of Stamford, visit www.friendsmusic.org.