Courtroom Concert Program Details
April 21, 2016, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Music of The Schubert Club 2015-2016 Composer Mentorship Students
Copper Street Brass:
Allison Hall & Corbin Dillon, trumpet; Tim Bradley, horn
Alex Wol, trombone; Nick Adragna, tuba
I. Guiding Companion
II. Traveler’s Repose
III. An Awaiting Life
I. Royal Red and Blue
III. Study for Agony
Great Whale—Seamus Flynn
Carpe Diem—Louisa Byron
I. Castle Battle
II. Journey Forward
III. Carpe Diem
Simon Peters is currently attending 10th grade at Woodbury High school. He has always loved the arts and playing music and began to explore composing in 2012. Simon joined Minnesota Youth Symphonies in the repertory orchestra to play cello for the 2014-2015 year and again in the symphony orchestra for the 2015-2016 year. Eager to participate in other composing opportunities, Simon applied to be a part of The Schubert Club’s Composer Mentorship Program and has enjoyed the opportunity to experience a new world of creativity and insight. Simon is planning to pursue a career in music composition and is optimistic about future endeavors.
Sarrah Bushara is in her senior year of high school as a Post-Secondary Enrollment Options student at University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Sarrah is in her second year with Edie Hill in the Schubert Club Composer Mentorship Program and continues to study with Dr. Sarah Miller at MacPhail. She was a finalist in the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer competition and an Emerging Composer in the 2015 Tribeca New Music Young Composer competition. As an oboist, Sarrah has won several solo and chamber music competitions, including first place in the 2015 Schubert Club’s Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition and scholarships from the Young People’s Symphony Concert Association and the National YoungArts foundation. She will attend the Curtis Institute of Music next fall and will continue academic and composition studies through the University of Pennsylvania.
My name is Seamus Hubbard Flynn, I’m 17 years old, and I’ve lived my whole life in Saint Paul. I was raised around music, and wanted to be a composer from a very early age. Today, I am a junior in high school at Cyber Village Academy, but take most of my classes through post-secondary enrollment at Concordia University St. Paul, where I study with composer Abbie Betinis. I’ve attended the Composition Camp at the MacPhail Center for Music in 2012 through 2014, attended Junior Composers Camp in 2014, and reached the featured round in the 2016 Minnesota Varsity Composition Category. I am thrilled to be accepted into this year’s Schubert Club Composer Mentorship Program and see it as an opportunity to try new things.
Louisa Bryron has been composing since 8th grade, and currently Dr. Sarah Miller from MacPhail Center for Music is her primary composition teacher. She has also studied with Edie Hill, Randall Davidson, Seth Custer, and Dr. David Ludwig. Recently her composition for string quartet, Lost, received 1st place in the 2016 Junior Composer competition. She was also chosen as one of the winners for the 2015 MPR Minnesota Varsity Composition. Louisa has studied violin for 15 years, and is currently studying violin with Aaron Janse from the Minnesota Orchestra, percussion with Paul Babcock from MacPhail Center For Music, Burton Kaplan in New York since 2014, and is a member of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony (GTCYS) and Artaria Chamber Music School. Louisa is a senior at Waseca High School and plans to continue studying music in college.
The Copper Street Brass (CSB) represents the Evolution of the Brass Quintet. We have uprooted the brass quintet from its conventional foundations and created a new, dynamic ensemble which expresses our artistic voice using a dazzling fusion of brass, keyboard, guitar, percussion, and electronic instruments. We are the only full-time brass chamber music ensemble in Minnesota, and one of only a handful in the country. Our group sound has developed over eight years of rehearsals, experiments, concerts, trials, errors, and following what is true to our artistic voice and individual innate talent and experience. We approach performing and teaching not as a “brass quintet”, but as a group of musicians with a message to share. This means we forget traditional musical categories and labels – like classical, jazz, & rock for example – and together create something new that is the best expression of our artistic message. Our approach frees us to express our artistry and present a wide variety of music that truly appeals to a universal audience. We are proud of what we have created: a sound that is exclusively and undeniably the Copper Street Brass – always going beyond ordinary.
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2007, we set up shop as a full-time, 501(c)(3) non-profit in the Twin Cities in 2008. Through our inventive concerts, engaging classroom programs, and original and unique arrangements, we’ve developed a fresh perspective that goes beyond the ordinary brass quintet experience. As a nonprofit organization, our mission is supported by gifts and grants from individuals, foundations, businesses, and organizations. We operate on a lean budget of around $200,000 annually, and 91% of our revenue supports our concert and educational programs. As devoted educators, we are committed to sharing our energy and passion for instrumental music with students from kindergarten to college, from large metro areas to tiny rural towns. We spend much of our season on residencies ranging from 2-5 days in schools and communities around the Upper Midwest. During a typical season, we perform around 35 community concerts, provide an average of 100 educational programs serving more than 5,000 students, and help busy music teachers secure over $80,000 of grant funding to bring the CSB to communities who otherwise would not have the opportunity to see live professional instrumentalists.
To fuel our appetite to make music that is exciting and relevant, we create our own original arrangements of music. With a library of well over 200 tunes, we perform exclusively our own repertoire for all of our concerts and educational programs – all from memory. In addition to our own self-produced concerts, the group’s artistic excellence has led to feature performances with VocalEssence, the Schubert Club, Minnesota Public Radio, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, and dozens of others. We have recorded four albums, performed live on TV and radio, and were finalists for the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship honoring artistic quality and vision. The CSB has twice been chosen as the Schubert Club’s Artist in Residence for its Composer Mentorship Program and is a 2015-2016 Classical Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes Artist. The group makes its oce and rehearsal home at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in downtown Minneapolis, where we have been Artist-in-Residence since 2008.
October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.
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Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).
Schedule & Programs Subject to Change