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Stockholm Chamber Brass to visit UB on first-ever tour of U.S.

Stockholm Chamber Brass makes UB a stop on its inaugural tour of the U.S.

By PHILIP E. REHARD

Published September 20, 2016

The prize-winning Stockholm Chamber Brass stops at UB Sept. 26 as part of its inaugural tour of the U.S. to present an evening of contemporary and Renaissance works.

The concert, presented by the Department of Music and the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, North Campus.

Before the concert, the musicians will make a class presentation to members of the UB Concert Band at 4 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall.  This session is open to the public.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for UB faculty/staff/alumni, seniors, and non-UB students. UB students are free with ID. Tickets may be purchased in advance in person at the Center for the Arts box office, online at www.tickets.com and one hour before concert time at the Slee Hall box office.

Stockholm Chamber Brass was founded in 1985 by five young Swedes so that they could rehearse brass chamber music together. However, with funding from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, SCBrass decided in 1988 to travel to Narbonne, France, for its first public engagement at the International Competition for Brass Quintets. The group went on to win First Prize and so began its nearly 30-year career as one of the leading brass ensembles in the world.

Early in its career, SCBrass began seeking out commissions from new and established composers in order to increase the original repertoire for brass quintet. The first commission was received in 1990 and since then more than 40 compositions have been written for the group, with more currently in development.

Through the constant programming and recording of these works, many of the SCBrass’ commissions have gone on to become the most frequently performed original works for brass quintet around the world. Notable composers to write for the group include Anders Hillborg, Sven David Sandström, Karin Rehnquist, Christian Lindberg, Eino Tamberg and Piers Hellawell. 

To date, the ensemble has recorded six critically acclaimed CDs, including the classics of the quintet genre, a CD of commissions and its most recent album, THEN, a collection of songs and dances from the renaissance era in arrangements by SCBrass members and friends.