Photo by Matt Dine

This performance has been rescheduled for February 6, 2022

Eric Ewazen’s Colchester Fantasy

Chansons by Josquin des Prés

Evan Williams’ Lux aeternae

Arise, Awake by Thomas Morley

John Wilbye’s Oft Have I Vow’d

Quarantine Quintet by Donald York

William Brade’s Canzon

Lachrimae Antiquae (Pavan) by John Dowland

and the world premiere of: Nautilus and Ripples (from Sacred Geometry) by David Biedenbender

“…none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet”

New York Times

“…the high priests of brass”


“…of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished.”

American Record Guide

The American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. As 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, ABQ’s rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and all fifty of the United States; a discography of nearly sixty recordings; and the premieres of over one hundred fifty contemporary brass works.

ABQ commissions by 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, are considered significant contributions to contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire. The ABQ’s Emerging Composer Commissioning program has brought forth brass quintets by Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney. Among the quintet’s recordings are eleven CDs for Summit Records since 1992 including the ABQ’s 50th release State of the Art—The ABQ at 50 featuring recent works written for them.

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 the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. Since 2000 the ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of mini-residencies as part of its regular touring. 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 a dozen foreign countries.

The New York Times recently wrote that “among North American brass ensembles none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet,” while Newsweek has hailed the ensemble as “the high priests of brass” and American Record Guide has called the ABQ “of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished.” Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography and educational mission, the American Brass Quintet has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field.

Trumpet: Kevin Cobb

Trumpet: Louis Hanzlik

Horn: Eric Reed

Trombone: Michael Powell

Bass Trombone: John D. Rojak


1960 First performance at Kaufmann Concert Hall

1962 Debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall

1970 Aspen Music Festival and School residency begins

1974 Elliott Carter commission

1987 Appointed Ensemble-in-Residence at The Juilliard School

1992 “New American Brass” released; first recording on Summit Records

2006 Juilliard centennial: commissions Joan Tower to write for ABQ

2010 ABQ 50th anniversary – releases 2CD set of 11 new works for brass

2013 Awarded Chamber Music America’s Highest Honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny Award

CMS-ICT 2021-22 Composer in Residence

Photo by Paul Dooley

Composer David Biedenbender has written music for the concert stage as well as for dance and multimedia collaborations, and his work is often influenced by his diverse musical experiences in rock and jazz bands as a bassist, in wind, jazz, and New Orleans-style brass bands as a euphonium, trombone, and tuba player, and by study of Indian Carnatic Music. His present creative interests include working with everyone from classically trained musicians to improvisers, acoustic chamber music to large ensembles, and interactive electronic interfaces to live brain data. He has had the privilege of collaborating with and being commissioned by many renowned performers and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Stenhammar String Quartet, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Navy Band, Philharmonie Baden-Baden (Germany), VocalEssence, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, among many others. He is currently Assistant Professor of Composition in the College of Music at Michigan State University, and he holds degrees in composition from the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University. He has also studied at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, the Aspen Music Festival, and in India where he studied carnatic music.

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