Music By: Alliance Brass
Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, the Alliance Brass is hailed as “the perfect blend of virtuosity and vitality” (Chicago Brass Festival). The ensemble is comprised of some the United States’ finest young talents. The ensemble’s members have performed all over the world from Canada and Mexico to Russia, the UK, Italy, and Japan. They have shared the stage with orchestras such as the Boston Pops, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra. These five virtuosos have also performed with the top chamber ensembles in the world including the Boston Brass, Synergy Brass, and more.
Dazzling audiences with a repertoire ranging from the early Renaissance to jazz and beyond, the “Alliance Brass Quintet has the ability to engage audiences both with excitement and insight about the instruments they play, offering a fascinating and rich musical performance” (Ravinia Music Festival).
In addition to performance, the ensemble is equally dedicated to the education of the next generation of musicians and music-lovers alike. Members of ABQ have served on faculty at some the top music institutions including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, DePaul University, the International Festival and Institute at Round Top, and more. Beyond their teaching efforts, the ensemble also offers a wide range of programs designed to complement and enhance school music programs.
Whether through performances, clinics, or workshops, the Alliance Brass has an infectious enthusiasm they use to inspire a passion for music wherever they go.
Art By: Jim Smith
Jim Smith says, “My approach to my assemblages is often to create the individual components that comprise them, so I don’t use found objects exclusively. I will often use well-known iconography, like hearts, to lend thematic continuity in order to facilitate the viewer’s understanding of the content of my sculptures.
The other artist form I relate to is that of a pop song writer, as most of my themes are ones that are easy for others to identify. Like a songwriter, sometimes the words come first, and sometimes the music does. With me, sometimes the themes precede while other times it is the objects.
The goal of my art is to lead my viewers to experience personal epiphanies as they seek to understand the meaning and emotion implicit in the pieces, and perhaps even to capture feelings similar to the ones that inspired my creative energy.”