If you missed The Copper Street Brass Quintet last week then you missed a lot...they blew the roof off the place!
TThe Copper Street Brass Quintet of Minneapolis, Minnesota represents the Evolution of the Brass Quintet.
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2007, The Copper Street Brass Quintet (CSBQ) set up shop as a full-time, 501(c)3 non-profit in the Twin Cities in 2008 where, through their inventive concerts, engaging classroom programs, and full library of original and unique arrangements, they’ve transcended the traditional brass quintet, evolving it into something fresh.
The CSBQ’s tour program, “The Evolution of the Brass Quintet”, has been a hit in communities across the country and features music spanning from Mozart to Dave Brubeck to Sting to Adele. The quintet wows their audiences with their innovative blend of musical styles and dazzling fusion of breathtaking brass with keyboard, guitar, drums, percussion, and unique electronic brass instruments. They pride themselves on shattering the divide between listener and performer with their lively banter and audience interaction, bringing people to their feet from Montana to Massachusetts.
The group has recorded three albums and is featured on two recent holiday CD releases from Minnesota Public Radio. They have appeared live on MPR, KARE 11 news and Montana Today. Their albums, Copper Street Classics, Christmas on Copper Street, and The Evolution of the Brass Quintet feature unique and innovative arrangements of everything from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” to Mozart’s “Queen of the Night” to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin”.
As devoted educators, The CSBQ spends much of their season on extended residencies - ranging from two to five days in length - in schools and communities around the Upper Midwest. The ensemble is committed to sharing their energy and passion for instrumental music with students from kindergarten to college, whether in large metropolitan areas or rural towns. During their 2012-2013 season alone, the quintet performed over 40 concerts for nearly 6,000 community members and more than 170 educational programs for 8,250 students.
The quintet fulfills its mission of educational outreach and engagement in Minneapolis through their Brass T.A.C.S. (Teaching Artistic Curiosity in Sound) program. Brass T.A.C.S. provides inner-city Minneapolis music students the chance to work with a CSBQ performing artist in private lessons and masterclasses - with no charge to the school or students. The CSBQ also coaches student brass quintets, runs a Summer Brass Camp, and provides an in-house grant writing service to help bring The CSBQ to communities who otherwise would not get the chance to see live professional instrumentalists.
Members of The CSBQ are constantly in high demand as performers and educators, performing with The Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Davina and the Vagabonds, Big Walter Smith, and ACME Jazz Company; and teaching at St. Olaf College, Concordia University, MacPhail Center for Music, public schools around the Twin Cities, and their own private studios.
Whether performing in concert series auditoriums, outdoor festival stages, tiny jazz clubs, school classrooms, or packed gymnasiums, The Copper Street Brass Quintet truly represents the Evolution of the Brass Quintet.
For more information and individual artist bios, visit our Artist Page.
The CSBQ is Artist in Residence at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in downtown Minneapolis.
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