NATCHITOCHES – The ensemble Boston Brass will be in residency at Northwestern State University on April 10-12.
Boston Brass will hold a master class focused on playing chamber music on Thursday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. That evening, the group will perform with the NSU Wind Symphony in Magale Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, April 12, Jeff Conner of Boston Brass will lecture on “Musician’s Entrepreneurship,” in Room 228 of the Old Wing of the A.A. Fredericks Center for Creative and Performing Arts. At 7:30 p.m., Boston Brass will perform a recital in Magale Recital Hall. Admission to all events are free and open to the public.
For 31 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment captivating all ages. The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.
Through over 100 performances each year, the members of Boston Brass play to audiences at concerts, educational venues and jazz festivals. In addition to solo performances, Boston Brass regularly performs with orchestras, wind ensemble, brass bands, marching bands and a variety of other ensembles. They have performed in 49 states and 30 countries and have conducted master classes around the world including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, The Julliard School, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, Royal Academy of Music in London, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and Mahidol University in Bangkok.
Boston Brass has been featured on the CBS Early Show, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, The Great American Brass Band Festival and has recorded many diverse albums. Their latest recording “Concerto Grosso” is a collaboration with Eric Rombach-Kendall and University of New Mexico Wind Ensemble, “Reminiscing” is a tribute to Rolf Smedvig of the Empire Brass, “Rewired” features new arrangements by the members of Boston Brass, “Latin Nights,” features a collection of some of the greatest classical and jazz works by Latin composers and performers and features the legendary drummer Steve Gadd, the beautiful voice of Talita Real, percussion and guitar. Other albums include “Ya Gotta Try,” featuring music from Horace Silver, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie, produced by legendary jazz recording genius Rudy van Gelder and “Within Earshot,” featuring classical works by Shostakovich, Ginastera, Dvorak, Liszt and others.