Boston Brass to perform at Penn State Behrend

ERIE, Pa. — For more than 27 years, Boston Brass’ unique brand of humor has been a staple of the brass quintet, a way for the group to bridge the gap of classical formality, and one of the reasons they have been repeat performers in Music at Noon: The Logan Series, at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College.

Boston Brass’ latest performance in the program takes place Tuesday, April 7, at noon in the McGarvey Commons of the Reed Union Building. Admission is free, and reserved parking for audience members will be available in the Reed lot. The performance is part of the 25th season of Music at Noon: The Logan Series.

With its exciting classical arrangements, burning jazz standards and original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass attempts to create a performance that is captivating for all ages. The group performs more than 100 times each year and has performed in 49 states and 30 countries.

A 2010 review in AltDaily Magazine said of the group: “The musicians — Chris Castellanos on horn, Andrew Hitz on tuba, Lance LaDuke on trombone and Jeff Conner and Jose Sibaja on trumpet — were anxious to provide context for each piece, sharing bits of history, music theory, personal stories and, most importantly, lots of humor. In short, they were the embodiment of ‘edutainment,’ making the show enlightening, fun and funny all at the same time.”

Boston Brass has 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 and the University of North Texas. The group has also been featured on the CBS Early Show, National Public Radio's Performance Today and at The Great American Brass Band Festival.

Music at Noon: The Logan Series was founded by Kay Logan in 1989 and receives major support from Mrs. Logan. Additional funding is provided by the Penn State Behrend Student Activity Fee, and the program also receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the program is provided in part from an Erie Arts & Culture Project Grant, made possible by community contributions to the Combined Arts & Cultural Campaign and the Erie Arts Endowment.

For more information about The Logan Series or Boston Brass’ appearance, contact series director Gary Viebranz at 814-898-6289 or email gav3@psu.edu.

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Last Updated April 13, 2015