AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET

MAY 7, 2023 AT 4:00PM  free admission

Visual Artist: Marisa Yow

ST. PAUL’S BY-THE-SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH

 

THE ARTISTS

Kevin Cobb, trumpet
Louis Hanzlik, trumpet
Eric Reed, horn
Michael Powell, trombone
John D. Rojak, bass trombone

Hailed by Newsweek as “the high priests of brass,” the American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the era’s premier chamber music ensembles. “The most distinguished” of brass quintets (American Record Guide), the group has earned its stellar reputation through its celebrated performances, genre-defining commissioned works, and ongoing commitment to the education of generations of musicians. Since its founding in 1960, the American Brass Quintet has performed on five continents, made nearly 60 recordings, and premiered more than 150 contemporary works for brass.

The American Brass Quintet has commissioned works by leading composers that have contributed significantly to both contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire. Such composers include Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, and Charles Whittenberg, among many others. The Quintet’s Emerging Composer Commissioning program produced brass quintets by rising stars Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney.

The group’s latest album Perspectives (2017), one of 12 albums with Summit Records, features music by Robert Paterson, Jay Greenberg, Sebastian Currier, and Eric Ewazen, and has earned praise for bringing the “utmost cohesion, balance, and expressivity to each of the scores they perform with ear-catching intensity and finesse” (Gramophone).

Celebrating its 60th-anniversary season in 2019-2020, the American Brass Quintet performed across the continental United States. Season highlights included the world premiere of a commission by Nina C. Young at Baltimore’s Shriver Hall and wide-ranging programs featuring works by composers spanning five centuries, including Claudio Monteverdi, Josquin des Pres, Anthony Holborne, Luca Marenzio, Osvaldo Lacerda, Joan Tower, Jennifer Higdon, David Sampson and Eric Ewazen, among others. The Quintet made appearances in New York, NY; Lewiston, ME; Waterford and Norfolk, VA; Youngstown and Columbus, OH; and Tulsa, OK, among others. Highlights of the 2020-2021 season included a residency at the University of Iowa, as well as Aspen Music Festival, where they host their annual brass chamber music seminar.

This season’s highlights include performances at University of Delaware’s Master Players Concert Series, Chamber Music Society of Wichita, Frost School of Music in Miami, New Orleans Friends of Music, and Westchester Chamber Music Society.

Committed to the development of brass chamber music through higher education, the American Brass Quintet has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. President Emeritus Joseph Polisi has said of the group’s residency at Juilliard, “With intelligence, artistry, and imagination, the American Brass Quintet has exemplified the highest standards of chamber music for brass instruments during its remarkable existence.”

In 2018, the group launched the ABQ Seminar @ Aspen, a four-week brass chamber music intensive at the Aspen Music Festival that offers the highest caliber of training for emerging brass quintets and musicians.

Since 2000, the Quintet also has shared its expertise in chamber music coaching and performance through a program of short residencies that feature regularly into the group’s touring schedule. Offering young musicians an intense chamber music experience over several days, the Quintet’s residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and in a dozen foreign countries.

Among its numerous distinctions and citations, the American Brass Quintet is the 2013 recipient of the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, the highest honor accorded by Chamber Music America.

Kevin Cobb, trumpet

Trumpeter Kevin Cobb became a member of the American Brass Quintet in the fall of 1998. Prior to his joining the ABQ, he had been a member of the Manhattan Brass Quintet and Meridian Arts Ensemble. Currently Mr. Cobb serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, SUNY Stony Brook, New York University, and the Aspen Music School. He performs regularly in New York with such organizations as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Equally at home in the orchestral realm, he has served as guest principal trumpet with numerous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, and is co-principal trumpeter of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. His first solo CD entitled “One” features an all-American program of unaccompanied trumpet solos on the Summit Label. He holds a BM from the Curtis Institute of Music and an MM from The Juilliard School.

Louis Hanzlik, trumpet

Louis Hanzlik joined the American Brass Quintet in December of 2013. He is a member of the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and was a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet. Hanzlik performs frequently as a guest with many of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, including a recent solo appearance with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and as principal trumpet with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Hanzlik is Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Connecticut, and also serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival.  Originally from Nebraska, Hanzlik is a graduate of the University of Iowa (B.M. in Trumpet), The Juilliard School (M.M. in Trumpet) and Teachers College, Columbia University (Ed.D. in Music Education).

Eric Reed, horn

In March of 2014, hornist Eric Reed became the newest member of the American Brass Quintet. With this appointment, Eric joins the faculties of The Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival.  He has also appeared on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West and the Round Top Festival Institute. Eric has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Decoda, and International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. He has previously been a member of the Canadian Brass, Harrisburg Symphony, Ensemble ACJW, Burning River Brass and Spectrum Brass. He was also a member of the Oregon Symphony and New World Symphony, and has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Sarasota Symphony and Florida Orchestra. Originally from Indiana, Eric holds degrees from Rice University (BM) and the Juilliard School (MM).

Michael Powell, trombone

Michael Powell has been a member of the American Brass Quintet since 1983. He has taught classes in Trombone and Chamber Music all over the world. He performs and records regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Little Orchestra Society. He frequently appears with such diverse ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum Musicae, the Zankel Band of Carnegie Hall, Music Today, Musical Elements, Professor Peter Schickele’s New York Pick-Up Ensemble, and Tidewater Quintet. Mr. Powell has commissioned, premiered, and recorded solo works by David Sampson, Eric Ewazen, Steven Sacco, and Robert Martin. He is on the faculties of The Juilliard School, SUNY at Stony Brook, and the Aspen Music School. Mr. Powell is a graduate of Wichita State University.

John D. Rojak, bass trombone

John D. Rojak joined ABQ in 1991. He is bass trombonist for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the NY Pops, among other NY musical institutions. Rojak has shared stages with Leonard Bernstein, Wynton Marsalis, Metallica, Pope John Paul II, Cab Calloway and countless other performers. He has performed with the NY Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as playing for many Broadway shows and commercial recordings. Besides the ABQ teaching associations at Juilliard and Aspen, he is artist-faculty at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. He has a B.M. from Juilliard and is a longtime New Yorker via the Boston suburbs. Mr. Rojak performs on a custom designed Michael Rath R9 built in 2008.

Jason M. Belz
Vice-President
Director of Booking & Artist Manager
Kirshbaum Associates, Inc.
jbelz@kirshbaumassociates.com
307 Seventh Avenue, Ste. 506
New York, NY 10001
212-222-4843

BFAS 50th Signature Concert Sponsor

MARISA YOW

VISUAL ARTIST

ARTIST BIO

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

Works are showcased at the concert and at the reception following each concert. Concert attendees are able to meet the artists at the reception. The exhibition remains in place for several weeks and works are available for purchase.

VENUE

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Doors open at 3:15PM

AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET

MAY 7, 2023 AT 4:00PM 

free admission

Visual Artist
Marisa Yow

ST. PAUL’S BY-THE-SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH

 

BFAS 50th Signature Concert Sponsor

THE ARTISTS

Kevin Cobb, trumpet
Louis Hanzlik, trumpet
Eric Reed, horn
Michael Powell, trombone
John D. Rojak, bass trombone

Hailed by Newsweek as “the high priests of brass,” the American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the era’s premier chamber music ensembles. “The most distinguished” of brass quintets (American Record Guide), the group has earned its stellar reputation through its celebrated performances, genre-defining commissioned works, and ongoing commitment to the education of generations of musicians. Since its founding in 1960, the American Brass Quintet has performed on five continents, made nearly 60 recordings, and premiered more than 150 contemporary works for brass.

The American Brass Quintet has commissioned works by leading composers that have contributed significantly to both contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire. Such composers include Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, and Charles Whittenberg, among many others. The Quintet’s Emerging Composer Commissioning program produced brass quintets by rising stars Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney.

The group’s latest album Perspectives (2017), one of 12 albums with Summit Records, features music by Robert Paterson, Jay Greenberg, Sebastian Currier, and Eric Ewazen, and has earned praise for bringing the “utmost cohesion, balance, and expressivity to each of the scores they perform with ear-catching intensity and finesse” (Gramophone).

Celebrating its 60th-anniversary season in 2019-2020, the American Brass Quintet performed across the continental United States. Season highlights included the world premiere of a commission by Nina C. Young at Baltimore’s Shriver Hall and wide-ranging programs featuring works by composers spanning five centuries, including Claudio Monteverdi, Josquin des Pres, Anthony Holborne, Luca Marenzio, Osvaldo Lacerda, Joan Tower, Jennifer Higdon, David Sampson and Eric Ewazen, among others. The Quintet made appearances in New York, NY; Lewiston, ME; Waterford and Norfolk, VA; Youngstown and Columbus, OH; and Tulsa, OK, among others. Highlights of the 2020-2021 season included a residency at the University of Iowa, as well as Aspen Music Festival, where they host their annual brass chamber music seminar.

This season’s highlights include performances at University of Delaware’s Master Players Concert Series, Chamber Music Society of Wichita, Frost School of Music in Miami, New Orleans Friends of Music, and Westchester Chamber Music Society.

Committed to the development of brass chamber music through higher education, the American Brass Quintet has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. President Emeritus Joseph Polisi has said of the group’s residency at Juilliard, “With intelligence, artistry, and imagination, the American Brass Quintet has exemplified the highest standards of chamber music for brass instruments during its remarkable existence.”

In 2018, the group launched the ABQ Seminar @ Aspen, a four-week brass chamber music intensive at the Aspen Music Festival that offers the highest caliber of training for emerging brass quintets and musicians.

Since 2000, the Quintet also has shared its expertise in chamber music coaching and performance through a program of short residencies that feature regularly into the group’s touring schedule. Offering young musicians an intense chamber music experience over several days, the Quintet’s residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and in a dozen foreign countries.

Among its numerous distinctions and citations, the American Brass Quintet is the 2013 recipient of the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, the highest honor accorded by Chamber Music America.

Kevin Cobb, trumpet

Trumpeter Kevin Cobb became a member of the American Brass Quintet in the fall of 1998. Prior to his joining the ABQ, he had been a member of the Manhattan Brass Quintet and Meridian Arts Ensemble. Currently Mr. Cobb serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, SUNY Stony Brook, New York University, and the Aspen Music School. He performs regularly in New York with such organizations as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Equally at home in the orchestral realm, he has served as guest principal trumpet with numerous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, and is co-principal trumpeter of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. His first solo CD entitled “One” features an all-American program of unaccompanied trumpet solos on the Summit Label. He holds a BM from the Curtis Institute of Music and an MM from The Juilliard School.

Louis Hanzlik, trumpet

Louis Hanzlik joined the American Brass Quintet in December of 2013. He is a member of the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and was a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet. Hanzlik performs frequently as a guest with many of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, including a recent solo appearance with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and as principal trumpet with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Hanzlik is Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Connecticut, and also serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival.  Originally from Nebraska, Hanzlik is a graduate of the University of Iowa (B.M. in Trumpet), The Juilliard School (M.M. in Trumpet) and Teachers College, Columbia University (Ed.D. in Music Education).

Eric Reed, horn

In March of 2014, hornist Eric Reed became the newest member of the American Brass Quintet. With this appointment, Eric joins the faculties of The Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival.  He has also appeared on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West and the Round Top Festival Institute. Eric has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Decoda, and International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. He has previously been a member of the Canadian Brass, Harrisburg Symphony, Ensemble ACJW, Burning River Brass and Spectrum Brass. He was also a member of the Oregon Symphony and New World Symphony, and has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Sarasota Symphony and Florida Orchestra. Originally from Indiana, Eric holds degrees from Rice University (BM) and the Juilliard School (MM).

Michael Powell, trombone

Michael Powell has been a member of the American Brass Quintet since 1983. He has taught classes in Trombone and Chamber Music all over the world. He performs and records regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Little Orchestra Society. He frequently appears with such diverse ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum Musicae, the Zankel Band of Carnegie Hall, Music Today, Musical Elements, Professor Peter Schickele’s New York Pick-Up Ensemble, and Tidewater Quintet. Mr. Powell has commissioned, premiered, and recorded solo works by David Sampson, Eric Ewazen, Steven Sacco, and Robert Martin. He is on the faculties of The Juilliard School, SUNY at Stony Brook, and the Aspen Music School. Mr. Powell is a graduate of Wichita State University.

John D. Rojak, bass trombone

John D. Rojak joined ABQ in 1991. He is bass trombonist for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the NY Pops, among other NY musical institutions. Rojak has shared stages with Leonard Bernstein, Wynton Marsalis, Metallica, Pope John Paul II, Cab Calloway and countless other performers. He has performed with the NY Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as playing for many Broadway shows and commercial recordings. Besides the ABQ teaching associations at Juilliard and Aspen, he is artist-faculty at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. He has a B.M. from Juilliard and is a longtime New Yorker via the Boston suburbs. Mr. Rojak performs on a custom designed Michael Rath R9 built in 2008.

Jason M. Belz
Vice-President
Director of Booking & Artist Manager
Kirshbaum Associates, Inc.
jbelz@kirshbaumassociates.com
307 Seventh Avenue, Ste. 506
New York, NY 10001
212-222-4843

MARISA YOW

VISUAL ARTIST

ARTIST BIO

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

Works are showcased at the concert and at the reception following each concert. Concert attendees are able to meet the artists at the reception. The exhibition remains in place for several weeks and works are available for purchase.

VENUE

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Doors open at 3:15PM