The Illinois College Fine Arts Series begins on Saturday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel with the St. Louis Brass Quintet.
Founded in 1964, the St. Louis Brass is one of America's longest standing brass quintets. The group was originally formed by members of the St. Louis Symphony to play children's concerts around the St. Louis area. The group now performs three 10-day concert tours throughout the United States each year, plus recording and international touring.
The quintet performs the entire spectrum of brass music – from the works of today's composers to Baroque and Renaissance. For many audiences they also offer lighter fare: popular music of the Americas, jazz arrangements of standards by Ellington/Strayhorn, Gershwin and Cole Porter, lighthearted pieces for narrator and brass, plus a tongue in cheek survey of the history of the brass instruments.
The group also presents children's programs, master classes and workshops. The St. Louis Brass will offer a workshop before their performance on Saturday at 3 p.m. They will demonstrate their instruments and talk about repertoire and music for the brass ensemble.
The workshop is free and open to the public. The concert is free for all students. Tickets for the concert are $15, available at the door.