Penn State Altoona to host the American Brass Quintet

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State is partnering with the Penn State Altoona Division of Arts and Humanities to present two free public programs featuring the American Brass Quintet on Tuesday, Oct. 29. A quintet-led forum on collaboration and teamwork takes place at 2:30 p.m. in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Family Center, while a performance by the quintet begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Edith Davis Eve Chapel.

In 2013, after 53 years of extraordinary musicianship, the American Brass Quintet earned Chamber Music America’s highest honor for “significant and lasting contributions to the field.” Internationally respected as an elite chamber music ensemble, “the high priests of brass” (Newsweek) have amassed a discography of 50-plus albums and premiered more than 150 contemporary works. Tours have taken the quintet to five continents and all 50 of the United States. The quintet, in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1970, features trumpeters Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb, hornist David Wakefield, trombonist Michael Powell and bass trombonist John D. Rojak. The Penn State Altoona visit also features a workshop with regional high school musicians.

The programs are part of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project. The three-year project, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides opportunities to engage students, faculty and the community with classical music artists and programs. Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Reilly, in January 2013, and Brentano String Quartet, in March 2012, visited Penn State Altoona as part of the project’s first two seasons. Learn more about the project at

Free tickets, required for the evening event, are available at the Misciagna Box Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Thursday or at the door. Free parking is available after 3 p.m. in the Misciagna lot. For more information, call the box office at 814-949-5452.


Last Updated October 08, 2013