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Copper Street Brass brings music to Fergus [UPDATED]

Published 9:23am Thursday, May 9, 2013 Updated 11:25am Thursday, May 9, 2013

Combining classical music with jazz, pop and rock, the Minneapolis-based Copper Street Brass Quintet represents a new direction in chamber music. The group will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Kennedy Secondary School Auditorium in Fergus Falls. The concert is free, with a donation collected to support the school band program.

The concert, called “Evolution in Concert,” is one of the main events for the CSBQ’s May 13 through 16 educational residency at the Fergus Falls Middle School. During the four-day residency, the quintet will perform and teach for elementary and middle school band students giving the students of Fergus Falls the unique opportunity to work closely with professional musicians.

Fergus Falls Middle School Band Director Denise Wiese was awarded a grant through Lake Region Arts Council to financially support the CSBQ residency.

The concert will feature music that spans 250 years of music history from Mozart to Dave Brubeck to Billy Joel to Adele, and has a blend of musical styles and fusion of electronic effects with brass.

The quintet will also be performing as solo artists with the Fergus Falls Middle School Honors Band during the bands annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Monday. This performance is also in the Kennedy Secondary School Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

A full-time 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts ensemble, the CSBQ prides itself on shattering the divide between listener and performer with their banter and audience interaction. ln addition to concert performances, the group focuses on education and introducing kids to music through educational workshops and individual lessons throughout the Twin Cities and across the Midwest.

The CSBQ’s educational residency and concert is funded in part by the Lake Region Arts Council through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 2, 2008.

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