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Music at Hamilton College series to host American Brass Quintet

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Posted November 1, 1997
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Hamilton College will present the American Brass Quintet on Friday, November 1, 1997 at 8:00 pm in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for the Performing Arts. When it comes to brass quintets, there is only one that Newsweek magazine has hailed as "The High Priests of Brass." Newsweek went on to note that there are now dozens of brass quintets that perform regularly, but the American Brass Quintet was one of the "founding fathers of the back-to-brass movement."

Founded in 1960, the ABQ celebrates its 37th anniversary during the 1997-98 season and is the longest continuously performing brass quintet in North America. Almost since its inception, the ABQ has toured both nationally and internationally and has performed in virtually all of the world's major cities, concert halls and major music festivals. The ABQ also presents a formal concert series in New York City each season and is the only brass quintet ever presented on PBS Live from Lincoln Center.

Currently comprised of Raymond Mase & Chris Gekker (trumpets), David Wakefield (horn), Michael Powell (trombone) and John Rojak (bass trombone), the ABQ recently made its 42nd recording adding even more repertoire to the largest body of serious brass chamber music ever recorded by one ensemble. Past members of the ABQ have included such legendary brass players as Gerald Schwartz, Robert Biddlecome and Louis Ranger.

Performing a broad range of repertoire from Renaissance to accessible contemporary American, the American Brass Quintet is Ensemble-in-Residence both of The Juilliard School and The Aspen Music Festival.

Tickets for the American Brass Quintet are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They made be obtained by calling (315) 859-4350.

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