Their program features music spanning five centuries: new music displaying the dazzling sounds of trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba; a look back at the origins of chamber music for brass; and the origins of brass instruments themselves, utilizing a collection of 35 instruments. You’ll hear music from the court of King Henry VIII performed on cornetti and sackbuts, 19th-century American dances performed on antique keyed bugles and saxhorns, and a Romantic quintet by Russian composer Victor Ewald performed on the all-conical instruments for which he composed. Exciting new arrangements of American folk songs and Peter Schickele’s Brass Calendar (written for CBC) bring the listener back to the present day and all the possibilities it brings.
The Chestnut Brass Company concert and residency is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Chestnut Brass Company - Live at the Kennedy Center
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"The Chestnut Brass Company was a true delight. The concert possessed that elusive balance of technical virtuosity as well as beautiful artistry, fascinating historical information and contexts as well as new music, and the perfect dose of good humor and charm. In addition, the members of CBC were highly professional and personable, engaging with their audience both during and after the concert. Obviously, they love what they do and our audience loved them!"
JAN. 2013. DR. KATHRYN POHLMANN DUFFY, DEPT. OF MUSIC GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY
"Superb musicianship coupled with a wide ranging repertoire and a wonderful sense of humor, made the evening a happy event, and will long be remembered by those who attended."
THE PILOT, SOUTHERN PINES, NC
"They won over the crowd in about a minute and a half...and departed to a standing ovation."
UNION NEWS, AMHERST, MA
"...a high brass standard...faultless playing ability."