The American Brass Quintet (Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb, trumpets; David Wakefield, horn; Michael Powell, trombone; and John D. Rojak, bass trombone) performs the New York premiere of Juilliard alumnus Jay Greenberg’s Quintet for Brass, Op. 25 and works by Osvaldo Lacerda, Ingram Marshall, and Robert Starer, plus Elizabethan Dances & Ayres (edited by Raymond Mase) on Monday, October 22 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall, part of Juilliard’s Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series.
The American Brass Quintet, now in its 52nd season, will be presented with Chamber Music America’s highest honor - the 2013 Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award – in January 2013. The annual award is presented to those who have made lasting, significant contributions to chamber music. The Quintet will be honored during Chamber Music America’s 35th National Conference held in New York City from January 17-20, 2013.
The October 22nd program features Elizabethan Dances and Ayres (edited by Raymond Mase); Osvaldo Lacerda’s Fantasia and Rondó (1977); Jay Greenberg’s Quintet for Brass, Op. 25 (2012, New York premiere and composed for the American Brass Quintet); Ingram Marshall’s Fog Tropes (1981); and Robert Starer’s Serenade for Brass (1956). The Quintet will be joined by Juilliard brass players from the ABQ’s recent seminar. Juilliard Resident Conductor George Stelluto conducts two works, Marshall’s Fog Tropes and Starer’s Serenade for Brass.
FREE tickets will be available beginning October 8 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.
The pieces performed in the set of Elizabethan Dances & Ayres, edited by Raymond Mase, are by John Adson (1580-1640), Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623), Thomas Morley (1557-1602), and John Wilbye (1576-1638). The anonymous dances in the set are from a British Museum manuscript published in 1924 and compiled by the noted English music scholar, Edmund H. Fellowes.
Composer Osvaldo Lacerda (1927-2011) graduated from the Carlos Gomes Conservatory of Music in 1960. In 1986, he received a Guggenheim Foundation grant to study in the U.S. for a year, where he studied composition with Vittorio Giannini and Aaron Copland. The composer wrote this note about the work: “Since there are few brass ensembles in Brazil, there are few original works of Brazilian composers for brass. This inspired me to write the Fantasia e Rondó for brass quintet in 1977. In some parts of both movements of the work, one can hear some of the ecclesiastical modes, in the way they appear in the Brazilian folk music.”
Jay Greenberg’s Quintet for Brass was completed on February 29, 2012 in response to being awarded a commission from the American Brass Quintet Emerging Composer Commissioning Program, funded by the Jerome Foundation. Jay Greenberg has already created a significant catalogue of solo, chamber, and orchestral literature that examines and builds upon classical forms. The youngest composer ever to have an exclusive agreement with Schirmer/AMP, Greenberg’s other notable first achievements included exclusive contracts with Sony Classical and with IMG Artists. Born in 1991 in New Haven, Greenberg displayed an early aptitude for cello, piano, and composing, He began his formal composition lessons with Antony John and later enrolled at Juilliard where he took composition classes with Samuel Adler, music theory with Samuel Zyman and Kendall Briggs. He also studied composition at Yale and is currently studying at Cambridge in England.
Ingram Marshall’s award winning composition, Fog Tropes, for tape and brass sextet has been recorded on both the Nonesuch and New Albion labels. The work was composed in San Francisco in 1981 at the request of John Adams who was organizing a concert for the San Francisco Symphony called “New and Unusual Music.” The composer writes: “A few years earlier I had put together a tape piece called simply Fog, which used ambient sounds from around the San Francisco Bay – mostly fog horns. That ten minute piece became the underlying ‘bed’ for the live instrumental parts (six brass instruments, amplified and slightly reverberated.” Marshall lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1973-85 and taught at Evergreen State College in Washington State until 1989. His current base is Connecticut. His music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras such as the Kronos Quartet, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and St. Louis Symphony.
Robert Starer had an ongoing association with the American Brass Quintet throughout his career. The American Brass Quintet has performed his works Five Miniatures, Evanescence, and Annapolis Suite. For an ABQ performance of his Serenade at Juilliard in 1987, he provided the following note: “Although the Serenade has several impassioned climaxes, it is essentially a lighthearted piece, as a serenade should be. The opening allegro reveals my Viennese birth without being an outright waltz. The second movement is the most serenade-like in that it has a long-drawn melody like a lover serenading under an open window. The last movement is a robust march with a touch of humor and an extended coda. In terms of scoring the work tries to give an equal chance at a solo passage to all eleven players."
About the American Brass Quintet
Recently announced as the 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contribution to the field, the American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time and an icon in the brass world. The ABQ's rich history includes performances in Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and all fifty of the United States; a discography of over fifty-five recordings; the premieres of over one hundred fifty contemporary brass works, and in the last decade, mini-residencies that have brought the ABQ's chamber music expertise to countless young musicians and institutions worldwide. Members of the Quintet are Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb, trumpets; David Wakefield, horn; Michael Powell, trombone; and John D. Rojak, bass trombone.
ABQ commissions by Samuel Adler, Bruce Adolphe, Daniel Asia, Jan Bach, Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Jacob Druckman, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, Steven Sacco, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, Melinda Wagner, and Charles Whittenberg, are considered among the most significant contributions to the modern brass quintet repertoire. In the last five years, the ABQ’s Emerging Composer Commissioning program, supported by a grant from The Jerome Foundation, has brought forth new brass quintets by Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney. In commemoration of the ABQ’s 50th anniversary in 2010, the ABQ released its ninth recording on the Summit label—a double CD of new works written for the ABQ in the last decade called State of the Art—the ABQ at 50.
Equally committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the American Brass Quintet has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. Since 2001 the ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of mini-residencies as part of its regular touring season. Designed to offer young groups and individuals an intense chamber music experience over several days, ABQ mini-residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and internationally.
Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography and educational mission, the ABQ has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field. Hailed as "the high priests of brass" by Newsweek, "positively breathtaking" by the New York Times, and "of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished" by the American Record Guide, the American Brass Quintet has clearly defined itself among the elite chamber music ensembles of our time.
About George Stelluto
American conductor George Edward Stelluto is known for his engaging, energetic performances of repertoire ranging from the Baroque to present day. As Resident Conductor for Juilliard and conductor of the Pre-College Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, he appears regularly at Lincoln Center. Most recently, he was appointed the new music director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Stelluto also is assistant conductor of the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony and is an advisor to Sinfonia por La Vida in Ecuador – a new orchestra based on Venezuela’s Il Sistema program. Mr. Stelluto is the first conductor ever awarded the prestigious Artist Diploma from Juilliard. He holds two master’s degrees (violin and conducting) from Yale School of Music and a bachelor’s degree in violin from West Virginia University, summa cum laude. Mr. Stelluto’s conducting teachers include James DePreist and Otto-Werner Mueller, and his violin and chamber music teachers include many of the world’s leading artists/pedagogues. He has participated in many summer festivals both as a conductor and a chamber musician, including Aspen, Peter Britt, FOCUS!, The Quartet Program, Kiev International, Long Beach, and Ukrainian Summer.
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Monday, October 22, 8 PM, Paul Hall
American Brass Quintet:
Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb, trumpets
David Wakefield, horn
Michael Powell, trombone
John D. Rojak, bass trombone
George Stelluto, conductor
Jonathan Heim, trumpet
Katherine Jordan, horn
Daniel Peterson, horn
Kathryn Peterson, horn
Alexis Smith, trombone
Haim Mazar, tuba
Elizabethan Dances & Ayres (edited by Raymond Mase)
Osvaldo Lacerda - Fantasia and Rondó (1977)
Jay Greenberg – Quintet for Brass, Op. 25 (2012)
Ingram Marshall – Fog Tropes (1981)
Robert Starer – Serenade for Brass (1956)
FREE tickets will be available beginning October 8 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM.
For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.