Marshall Miles Interviews Fabio Witkowski, Atlantic String Quartet at Hotchkiss School on January 25

Atlantic Brass Quintet in Concert January 25  

The Hotchkiss Concert Series is thrilled to present the Atlantic Brass Quintet on Friday, January 25 at 7 p.m. in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. Serving as resident brass quintet at institutions including Boston University and the Boston Conservatory, the quintet is lauded regularly in the press for its lively and stimulating style. Buffalo News proclaims: “Pushing the envelope of what a brass quintet is capable. … Irresistibly infectious spirit.” and the Boston Globe declares, “They kick butt.” Specific program information will be available soon and posted on our website. The concert is free and open to the public.  

Atlantic Brass QuintetThomas Bergeron, trumpet; Tim Leopold, trumpet; Seth Orgel, horn; Tim Albright, trombone; John Manning, tuba

Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s finest and most versatile brass chamber ensembles, the Atlantic Brass Quintet has performed in 48 of the United States and dozens of countries across four continents. Atlantic specializes in masterful and vibrant presentations of repertoire spanning five centuries and a broad spectrum of styles, from Bach and Brahms to Mehldau and Monk to Brazil and the Balkans. Winner of six international chamber music competitions, the Quintet’s distinctive sound, impeccable ensemble, stunning virtuosity, and warm, inviting stage presence have won praise from scores of critics.

Founded in 1985, the Atlantic Brass Quintet launched its career with a phenomenal string of competition victories over a period of two years. Grand prizes include the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition, the Shoreline Alliance Chamber Music Competition, the Summit Brass First International Brass Ensemble Competition, and the Rafael Mendez International Brass Quintet Competition. Following these remarkable achievements, the ABQ was honored by Musical America by being named “Young Artists of 1988.” In May 1992, by unanimous decision, the Quintet won the “Premiere Prix” at the International Brass Competition of Narbonne, France, recognized worldwide as the preeminent competition of its kind.

Highlights in the Quintet’s busy concert career include performances at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Fleet Boston Celebrity Series, Tanglewood, and the White House.

Atlantic has been the resident brass quintet of Boston University, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Boston Conservatory. The Atlantic Brass Quintet Seminar, an annual residential immersive summer program established in 1993, endures as one of the most popular summer destinations for both student and professional brass players.

Esther Eastman Music Center 

The Esther Eastman Music Center celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015. A LEED-certified building adjoining The Hotchkiss School’s main building and completed in 2005, the Center is home to state-of-the art music facilities and the Katherine M. Elfers Hall — a breathtaking concert hall with world-class acoustics. The hall has become one of the area’s main cultural destinations, offering student and guest concerts throughout the year, all free of charge. The guest concert series has welcomed an acclaimed roster of international musicians, including the Fine Arts Quartet, violinists Midori and Glenn Dicterow, cellist Robert deMaine, pianists Boris Berman, Olga Kern, Leon Fleisher, and Guarneri String Quartet, among many others. 


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