American Brass Quintet set to open Pro Musica’s 29th season

Nathan Carter

For the first event of Pro Musica’s 29 season, Pro Musica is bringing in the American Brass Quintet.

Cynthia Schwab, founder of Pro Musica, said a lot of thought goes into choosing which groups will play at a Pro Musica event.

“Brass music is enormously popular,” she said. “Their reviews, their public affirmation and enjoyment all go into that decision.”

The Quintet has played for Pro Musica once before, and all of the current members were in at that time. The American Brass Quintet is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.

Another consideration is their list of accomplishments. Some of the achievements of the Quintet include their residence at the Julliard School in New York and the Aspen Music Festival.

“They have always been one of the premiere quintets,” Schwab said.

The American Brass Quartet will be holding an open lecture/demonstration at 1 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Corley Auditorium and an open show at 7 p.m. in Ozark Christian College Chapel.

“They will be giving two concerts to fifth graders, which is part of the work they enjoy as much as the concerts,” she said. “Music education itself is important because it teaches order and discipline and a sense of combined achievement,” said Schwab.

Schwab says music education is important in today’s society because of how competitive the world is.

“When you sit down and play a piece of music together, you get this sense of, ‘We’ve accomplished something,'” she said. “This ability to work with one another is disappearing.

“We are becoming more and more solitary. Even when we sit in a room and watch television together, we aren’t interacting with each other; we’re interacting with a box and pictures.”