CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC: THE BRASS PROJECT


PHILADELPHIA - April 26, 2016 - The Brass Project, a newly formed sextet from the Curtis Institute of Music, makes its debut with an adventurous program consisting entirely of world premieres. To inaugurate the formation of this ensemble, thirty composers, many with deep ties to the region, have contributed pieces, including Pulitzer Prize-winner and Philadelphia native Aaron Jay Kernis, Philadelphia-based professors Ingrid Arauco (Haverford College) and Jan Krzywicki (Temple University). The concerts take place on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. on the third floor of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, located at 257 S. 18th Street in Philadelphia. No tickets required.

This collaborative project was curated by composer and impresario Nick DiBerardino under the auspices of the Curtis Institute's Community Artist Program. According to DiBerardino, "The world of new classical music today is so diverse that there's a style out there for everyone, and we hope to showcase a cross-section of contemporary musical culture through these concerts. We'd like to encourage a fresh mode of engagement with new music through our program, which is comprised entirely of short pieces and may strike listeners as a kind of sonic tasting menu. The composers who wrote works for this project are all very accomplished and speak with beautifully distinct voices, so I'm hopeful these brief musical offerings will inspire listeners to continue exploring the world of contemporary music after they head home."

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

The Brass Project is a flexible brass ensemble that was formed by leading players from the Curtis Institute with multifaceted goals in mind: to expand the repertoire for chamber brass, to record and distribute new works, and to engage with a wide community through outreach and educational programs. The Brass Project gives innovative and creative performances designed for a diverse demographic by performing repertoire specifically commissioned by the ensemble. The Brass Project is an ensemble-in-residence at Music from Angel Fire, performing many programs in schools throughout New Mexico, and is also currently in residence at South Philadelphia High School. Brass Project performers are: Eric Huckins, horn; Steven Franklin and Caleb Wiebe, trumpets; Daniel Schwalbach and Janos Sutyak, trombones; and Andrew Doub, tuba.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Over the course of both concerts, the program will feature:

Exodus (2016) by Kinan Abou-afach

Some Such (2016) by Ingrid Arauco

The Last Lost Space (2016) by Krists Auznieks

the intrepid travelers traverse the Great Globulous Glop (2016) by N. Cameron Britt

Chorale (2016) by TJ Cole

Nebra Sky Disk (2016) by Nick DiBerardino

Thread and Tether (2016) by Natalie Dietterich

Fanfare and Hustle (2016) by Daniel Dorff

Tuttarana (2016) by Reena Esmail

Excuse Me (2016) by Lainie Fefferman

Kindly Reply (2016) by Sean Friar

Verses (2016) by Ian Gottlieb

Honey (2016) by Dan Jeffries

Fanfare after Color Wheel (2016) by Aaron Jay Kernis

Intrada (2016) by Jan Krzywicki

Look Both Ways (2016) by Ryan Laney

Holy Moly (2016) by Paul Lansky

Autumns (2016) by Michael Laurello

Diary (2016) by Matthew Levy

no gleam, no shadow, ; no sound or motion (2016) by Nigel McBride

Star Car (2016) by Jascha Narveson

composition ( in brass ) (2016) by Scott Ordway

Saurian Timbres (2016) by Thomas Patteson

Small Talk (2016) by Matthew Quayle

Limantour Spit (2016) by Gabriella Smith

Autumn Cascade (2016) by Daniel Temkin

Psalm (2016) by Michael-Thomas Foumai

Motet for Medhbh (2016) by Dan Trueman

Ambulant Music (2016) by Jack Vees

Waves (2016) by Alyssa Weinberg

(Philadelphia) sky sketch (2016) by Chris Williams MORE INFO AND PHOTOS For more information, photos, and to arrange interviews, please contact Nick DiBerardino (203) 216-9552 or ndiber@gmail.com. High resolution photos of The Brass Project may be downloaded from www.nickdiberardino.com/pressphotos.