The Philadelphia Brass was formed in 1988 by professional musicians of Eastern Pennsylvania to pursue their common goals: performing the best of brass quintet literature of all periods and styles, and educating the public to the pleasures, subtleties, and complexities of chamber music. It has collaborated in performances with bands, choruses, organists and dancers. It has performed educational programs for grade-school children, college students, and adults of all ages, coached grade school instrumentalists and taught a master class for the brass students of Juilliard.
Critics and public alike have enthusiastically praised the appealing diversity of repertoire, technical virtuosity, humorous and informative educational programs, and superb musicality of the ensemble. The ensemble’s playing has been praised as “artistry of the highest calibre” and “dazzling technique” by presenters. Its master classes have been called “excellent and sensitively handled” and the esteemed American composer Daniel Pinkham has written that Philadelphia Brass is “the most artistic brass quintet before the public today.”
The ensemble has toured extensively in the Eastern, Southern, Mid-western United States, and abroad. Daniel Pinkham’s Creation of the World, a work for brass, organ, choir, and narrator co-commissioned by Philadelphia Brass and 13 presenters across the country, was premiered by Philadelphia Brass in 1995. Other premiers have included commissioned works by David Diamond, J.A.C. Redford, Dick Hyman and Paul Salerni.
Philadelphia Brass has produced five CDs: “Renaissance and Baroque”, “Joan Lippincott and Philadelphia Brass”, “Christmas”, “Christmas in the Grand Tradition”, “The Anniversary Album”, and is featured in Family Portrait and Smoky Mountain Fanfare, two pieces on the new Summit Records CD, “David Sampson – Notes from Far Away Places”. For 25 years Philadelphia Brass performed as the resident brass quintet for the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, PA, Greg Funfgeld, Music Director, as well as with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem on two recordings, “Christmas In Bethlehem Volumes 2 and 3”. As of this season we are delighted to begin a new chapter as Ensemble-in-Residence for the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr, PA, with Music Director Dr. Michael Diorio.
PB has conducted numerous educational programs including residencies at Lehigh University, Villanova University, Elizabethtown College and has played benefit performances for Habitat for Humanity, Cure Autism Now and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
One of the unique strengths of Philadelphia Brass is the palpable sense of respect, affection and musical enjoyment among its members. This allows the players to perform with exceptional flexibility and cohesiveness, and enhances the ensemble’s appeal to audiences of all ages.
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