Summer in the valley includes a plethora of activities from hiking to fishing, star gazing to music festivals. As you spread out your blanket on the grass and settle in for an evening of live music enjoyment, do you ever wonder just how it all comes together? Join Walking Mountains Science Center for the Science Behind Sound: Good vibrations, perfect harmony, and the physics of music presented with Bravo! Vail Music Festival, featuring members of the renowned group The Brass Project for a night of lively music, science, and community engagement.
On Thursday, July 25th at 6:30 pm, join the six musicians of The Brass Project as they take you behind the scenes to discover the elements of science found in performing chamber music. Through guided listening, audience participation, and personal insights, these musicians will unpack the elements that go into playing music together.
Hailed as “six superb brass players” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), The Brass Project is a sextet committed to invigorating the brass chamber music experience through vibrant performance and fearless exploration.
Founded at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2016, the members of The Brass Project united around a shared set of goals: to expand the repertoire for chamber brass, to record and distribute new works, and to engage with a wide community through outreach and educational programs.
“A sextet focused on diverse styles and audiences” (Musical America), The Brass Project has collaborated with composers from around the world on 35 new works, including pieces by Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis, Princeton Professor Emeritus Paul Lansky, and Rome Prize winner Sean Friar.
In 2016 and 2017 The Brass Project was the ensemble-in-residence at Music from Angel Fire where they were featured by Santa Fe Pro Musica, and in 2018 The Brass Project was the fellowship brass ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival where they were mentored by the American Brass Quintet. Upcoming residencies include Avaloch Farm, Haverford College, the Shalin Liu Performance Center at Rockport Music, St. Mark’s Church in Philadelphia, as well as several concerts with “Curtis on Tour”.
As part of The Brass Projects initiative to bring music to diverse and underserved communities, the ensemble has worked with young students in over 80 educational concerts across Northern New Mexico and has held multiple residencies in Philadelphia area schools, including South Philadelphia High School and Powel Elementary School.
The Brass Project has been engaged with the Curtis Institute of Music’s Community Artists Program for three years, through which they continue to develop new programs to bring their art to the wider world.
Their 2018 debut album, “Cityscaping” celebrates the work composers have created for the ensemble.
IF YOU GO…
What: Science Behind Sound: Good vibrations, perfect harmony, and the physics of music
When: July 25th | 6:30 pm
Where: Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon
How much: FREE, $5 donation appreciated
Registration is Required! Space is limited, please visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/sb to register!