Since 1999 Brass has brought its particular brand of creative and innovative programming to Yale and the greater New Haven area. Originally born out of love of the wide variety of performance capabilities of brass instruments, the group has always been characterized by a playful levity which dances around the serious virtuosity of their performances.
From its inaugural concert on December 10, 1999, modestly titled "Brass: Five Guys in Concert," the ensemble has demonstrated a commitment to crafting performances that take audiences on a journey through the myriad tonal colors and moods possible on brass instruments. Each of Brass' nearly 50 concerts has explored this vast range in its own way. It has become part of their passion in programming to utilize these different colors to tell a story through the narrative of a single performance.
The heart of every Brass season is the Marble and Brass series. Now in its 13th year, this series is the result of a fruitful partnership with the Beinecke Library. So fundamental is this series to the identity of Brass that it considers the Beinecke its home performing space. The season turns around the two concerts of the Marble and Brass series each year, which are the focus of much of the ensemble's creative efforts.
The highest performance standards and a simple joy in music: these are the things that, for Brass, make serious music serious fun.