Recognized for creating an energetic atmosphere with a diverse palette of musical styles and unique arrangements, Boston Brass has been active for over 30 years as one of the most sought-after chamber music ensembles. They recently welcomed a new tuba player, William Russell.
Boston Brass demonstrates impressive versatility through frequent collaborations with other groups. Select parts of the show at the Ent Center for the Arts featured the local Restoration Brass Ensemble (RBE) conducted by trumpet legend Tim Morrison. Morrison served as Principal Trumpet of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1987-1997 and has performed as soloist for numerous Hollywood film scores. The RBE includes UCCS Music faculty member Glen Whitehead, who discusses show here:
"This event demonstrated the extraordinary potential of the Ent Center for the Arts for uniting the Artist Series, the world-class faculty of the UCCS Music Program, and professional musicians from Colorado Springs.
Most significantly, this event brought my most important mentor, Timothy Morrison, to the conductor stand and to my new home, the Ent Center for the Arts. Tim created a new world of artistry as a soloist and influenced a generation of musicians of all kinds. He turned the trumpet into a premiere solo instrument with such significance that his solos, featured on numerous Hollywood soundtracks, became characters in their own right. He brought that same uncanny musical intelligence directly to the conducting stand, as well. So, in many ways – this was a perfectly programmed brass event!
As a professional trumpet artist, I have followed the Boston Brass from my early college days in Boston when they were a burgeoning professional ensemble led by Jeff Conner (who, at the time, was fresh from college). Through three decades, this ensemble steadily grew in reputation and artistic level, attracting the very best players. Presently, they of the highest artistic caliber and one of the very best brass ensembles in the nation. Being able to perform with them, with Tim conducting, was a special moment in my musical life."
Later this semester, the Boston Brass will also teach a master class for students in the UCCS Music Program, as well as for several local high schools.