Local High School Musicians Join Chestnut Brass for Sunday Concert

Posted on 1/25/2010 11:27:44 AM
Chestnut Brass

The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania continues its 2009–2010 Performance Plus season as it presents the Chestnut Brass Company on Sunday, January 31, 2010. The concert will start at 3:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center and includes a performance with students from three area high schools and IUP.

Since beginning as a street band in Philadelphia in 1977, the Chestnut Brass Company (CBC) has performed in forty-nine U.S. states and in Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean. The group has been guests at noted venues and festivals, including Italy’s Academia di Santa Cecilia, Munich’s Gasteig, and the Académie Internationale de Musique in Dijon, France. In the U.S., they have performed at Wolf Trap Farm and National Music Camp at Interlochen, among others.

The Grammy-winning brass quintet includes Marian Hesse, horn; Bruce Barrie and John Charles Thomas; trumpet; Larry Zimmerman, trombone; and Jay Krush, tuba. Committed to the music of the past and present and performing and recording on brasses and wind instrument, the CBC has been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Fresh Air, Radio Times, and Performance Today and numerous other radio and television stations across the U.S.

The quintet is also active in commissioning and recording new works for modern instruments from composers representing a wide variety of contemporary styles. The ensemble has won numerous awards for its twelve CD releases, including a Grammy Award for its recording of brass music by Peter Schickele.

Last November, the Chestnut Brass Company visited the Indiana area and worked with brass quintets from Burrell, Hempfield, and Indiana high schools, along with four IUP Department of Music student brass quintets. For their concert Sunday, the CBC will join with the students and the IUP HoodleBug Brass for Tylman Susato’s “Three Dances from ‘The Danserye.” A total of forty brass musicians will be on stage performing the work. (Due to scheduling problems, students from Hempfield High School will be unable to join the performance as previously planned.)

Other works to be performed by the CBC include three traditional American folk songs and two pieces by Irving Berlin. They will also perform several American brass band pieces by Stephen Foster and Francis Johnson performed on instruments of the 1830s and 1860s.

Tickets for the Chestnut Brass Company are available now at the Hadley Union Building Ticket Office on the IUP campus or on line at IUP Tickets. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 2:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. Tickets are $16 for regular admission, $14 for seniors (62 and older), and $10 for students and children. For more information, call The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

The Performance Plus series is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance, Office of International Education, Liberal Studies Program, and the Career Development Center. This project is additionally funded by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour.