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American Brass Quintet & Ching-chu Hu, Composer

American Brass Quintet

October 8, 2022 – 4:00 pm @ Southern Theatre

Hailed by Newsweek as “the high priests of brass,” the American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the era’s premier chamber music ensembles. “The most distinguished” of brass quintets (American Record Guide), the group has earned its stellar reputation through its celebrated performances, genre-defining commissioned works, and ongoing commitment to the education of generations of musicians.

Since its founding in 1960, the American Brass Quintet has performed on five continents, made nearly 60 recordings, and premiered more than 150 contemporary works for brass. “Among North American brass ensembles none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet.” – New York Times

The American Brass Quintet
Kevin Cobb, trumpet
Louis Hanzlik, trumpet
Eric Reed, horn
Timothy Albright, trombone1
John D. Rojak, bass trombone

Chamber Music Columbus Fanfare: Celebrating 75 years Ching-chu Hu (b. 1969)

Three English Fancies (edited by Raymond Mase)

   William Simmes (fl. 1607-1616)   
       Fancy a 5
   John Ward (1571-1638)                                    

       Fancy No. 11 “Cor Mio”
   Giovanni Coperario (1575-1626)     
       Fancy a 5                                   

Helios (2011)                           
   Stacy Garrop (b.1969)

World Premiere
A Distant Hope (2022)       
   Ching-chu Hu (b. 1969)

       I. Skyward
       II. Voyaging

Joan Tower (b. 1938)
   Copperwave (2006)             


Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962)
   Book of Brass (2022)            

Ludwig Maurer (1798-1878)
   Five Pieces                                  

     Maestoso alla Marcia
         Lied: allegro giocoso
         Andante espressivo
         Scherzo: vivace
         Allegro grazioso

Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)
   Frost Fire (1990)                     

      Bright and Fast
      Gentle and Mysterious
      Tense and Dramatic

“Among North American brass ensembles none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet.” – New York Times

Ching-chu Hu, Composer

Award-winning composer Ching-chu Hu currently calls Newark, Ohio home but his reputation stretches internationally. Hu plays a pivotal role in celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Chamber Music Columbus as he is writing the musical theme which will be used throughout the year. His commissioned fanfare will be performed by the American Brass Quintet on October 8.

Hu says of his commissioned works, “Listen. Feel. Most importantly, make sure your fingerprints are all over your music.” American Brass Quintet’s fingerprints are sure to cover the pages of this exciting fanfare as they proclaim the start of the celebrations during the first concert of our regular season.”


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