American Brass Quintet to close FOM season

The American Brass Quintet

Friends of Music of Stamford will presents the first concert of its 2019 performance series, The American Brass Quintet, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14.

Kevin Cobb and Louis Hanzlik, both on trumpet, Eric Reed on horn, Michael Powell on trombone, and John D. Rojak on bass trombone will play Victor Ewald’s “Quintet No. 2 in E-Flat, Op. 6,” Philip Lasser’s “Common Heroes, Uncommon Land,” Dan Coleman’s “Daybreak,” Thomas Stoltzer’s “Three Fantasias in Church Modes,” and Eric Ewazen’s “Frost Fire.”

The American Brass Quintet is hailed for its burnished sound, brilliant virtuosity and the musical acuity of its performances, presenters said in a media release. The American Record Guide has described the group “of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished,” a distinction borne of acclaimed performances, commissions that have broadened and deepened the brass ensemble repertoire, and commitment to the education of generations of musicians.

Founded in 1960, the American Brass Quintet has performed on five continents, made nearly 60 recordings, and premiered more than 150 contemporary works for brass.

Admission is by donation; the suggested donation is $12 per person and $6 for seniors and students. There is no charge for those younger than 13. Cash and checks will be accepted. There are no advance ticket sales or reservations.

Friends of Music’s 33rd season will continues on the third Sunday of every month with the Claremont Trio (piano trio) on May 19; the Attacca Quartet (string quartet) on June 16; the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble on July 21, Piazzolla: Neave Trio and Carla Jablonski, mezzo-soprano, on Aug. 18; Pegasus: The Orchestra (a contemporary orchestra project) on Sept. 15; Rachel Lee Priday, violin, and Marija Stroke, piano, on Oct. 20; Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone, and Spencer Myer, piano, on Nov. 17, followed by a free concert on Dec. 1.

Performances are hosted by the Stamford United Methodist Church at 88 Main St. in Stamford. The Stamford United Methodist Church is handicapped-accessible and has ample parking. For more information, visit www.friendsmusic.org.

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