Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet Plays Sunday
Published: March 5th, 2010

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet plays Sunday

NORWICH – The Chenango County Council of the Arts, Norwich, announces the 2nd performance in its annual spring Chamber Music Series.

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet will perform at the Martin W. Kappel Theater at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 7.

The contemporary brass quintet, as a chamber ensemble, is relatively new to the musical scene, having its beginnings in the late 1940s with the introduction of the Chicago Brass Quintet and the New York Brass Quintet. As a performing ensemble the brass quintet is quite flexible, with repertoire for the medium as varied as music itself, encompassing arrangements of everything from madrigals to hymns to polkas and marches to jazz and big band tunes. There has not, however, been an extensive amount of literature composed specifically for this ensemble. The Chicago and New York groups made a concerted effort to commission new works for the ensemble, and much of the existing literature comes from that era. The American Brass Quintet continues the effort at creating new repertoire for this unique ensemble, but the bulk of the available repertoire remains in the form of arrangements of other works.

The popularity of the brass ensemble has grown in recent years, and much of that growth can be accredited to the Canadian Brass, a group that has helped to popularize the idiom with thousands of concerts around the world, CD sales and books of music for brass quintet. It could be argued, however, that two of the original members of the Chicago Brass Quintet, Arnold Jacobs and Renold Schilke, can be credited with planting the seeds for the success of the modern brass quintet as they mentored founding members of the Canadian Brass.

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