November 19, 2004

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Rochester, NY — One of North America’s most sought-after brass quintets — the Boston Brass — comes to Kilbourn Hall (26 Gibbs St.) next month for a performance that’s sure to heat up a cold December night. The concert, at 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 7, is part of the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Concert Series.

The quintet — which includes hornist and Eastman graduate J.D. Shaw (MM ’95) — has been acclaimed for its unique repertoire, humor, and personality. According to the Charleston Gazette, the Boston Brass plays “with a pedal-to-the-metal exuberance” that is matched by “flawless precision and musicality.”

The group’s concert at Eastman features a diverse choice of repertoire. Works by Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Liszt, and Dvorák will be featured, as will the quintet’s arrangements of Ellington and Golson standards. A little South American flavor with Ginastera and Piazzolla rounds out the evening’s program.

With more than 120 annual performances, the Boston Brass is recognized for its classical, jazz, and original works and arrangements, its educational programming, and its unmatched ability to entertain audiences. The quintet has been featured on The CBS Morning Show as well as NPR’s “Performance Today.” In cooperation with C.G. Conn, the Boston Brass has helped raise more than $100,000 for VH1’s “Save the Music” program, bringing musical instruments to schools in need.

Reserved tickets for the concert are $15, $12, $10, and $5. They are available in person at the Rochester Philharmonic Box Office (108 East Avenue), by phone at 454-2100 , or online at They also are available at any Rochester-area Wegmans Home Video department. Unsold tickets may be purchased at the Kilbourn Hall box office one hour before the concert.

In addition to the concert, Shaw will present a master class at the Eastman School on Wednesday, December 8, from 8-10 p.m. in Room 305. The class — which is free and open to the public — will feature Eastman horn students of Professor Peter Kurau along with various student brass quintets.

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