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UTPA, Edinburg partner to present free concert Oct. 22 by acclaimed American Brass Quintet
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (956) 665-2741
Posted: 10/18/2013
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Newsweek Magazine has described the American Brass Quintet (ABQ) as the "high priests of brass." The New York Times hailed the ABQ as "positively breathtaking." Recently, this premier chamber music ensemble and icon in the brass world was named 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 internationally-acclaimed American Brass Quintet will perform at the City of Edinburg Auditorium Oct. 22. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.(Photo by Peter Schaaf)
The Rio Grande Valley community will have a chance to hear this internationally recognized group free of charge at a concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the City of Edinburg Auditorium. The concert is sponsored by The University of Texas-Pan American, the City of Edinburg and Edinburg Arts.

The ABQ's 53-year history includes performances in Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and all 50 of the United States; a discography of more than 55 recordings; and the premieres of more than 150 contemporary brass works. In commemoration of the ABQ's 50th anniversary in 2010, Summit Records released a double CD - "State of the Art-the ABQ at 50" - of works written for the ABQ in the last decade.

Equally committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the ABQ 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.

"The American Brass Quintet is a legacy unparalleled in the brass field," said Dr. Pedro Martinez, chair, UTPA Department of Music and Dance. "I hope our students and the Valley community take this opportunity to hear their extraordinary music-making."

For more information, contact Martinez at (956) 665-3182 or martinezp@utpa.edu.