Juilliard Night: The Brass Project
Hailed as “six superb brass players” (Philadelphia Inquirer), The Brass Project is a sextet committed to invigorating the brass chamber music experience through vibrant performance and fearless exploration.
Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt
Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt is the outdoor summer performance series at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Join us Thursdays, 6:00–9:00 p.m. for dance, music, and design in the iconic Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. See the full season lineup here.
Cocktails and light bites are available for purchase from Cooper Hewitt’s Tarallucci e Vino Cafe. Valid I.D. required for cocktails.
Tickets for Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt are $14 online and $16 at the door, per each evening. For children ages 5–17, $7 tickets may be purchased at the garden entrance or museum admissions desk. Children under 5 are free. No refunds. Held rain or shine.
Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt ticket holders may enter the museum starting at 5 p.m.
About the performers
Brian Olson, trumpet
Theo Van Dyck, trumpet
Jake Fewx, tuba
James Dissinger, trombone
Cort Roberts, French horn
Oliver Barrett, trombone
Founded at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2016, the six musicians of The Brass Project united around a shared set of goals: to expand the repertoire for chamber brass, to record and distribute new works, and to engage with a wide community through outreach and educational programs.
“A sextet focused on diverse styles and audiences” (Musical America), The Brass Project has collaborated with composers from around the world on thirty-five new works, including pieces by Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis, Princeton Professor Emeritus Paul Lansky, and Rome Prize winner Sean Friar.
In 2016 and 2017 the Brass Project was the ensemble-in-residence at Music from Angel Fire where they were featured by Santa Fe Pro Musica, and in 2018 The Brass Project was the fellowship brass ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival where they were mentored by the American Brass Quintet. Upcoming residencies include Avaloch Farm, Haverford College, the Shalin Liu Performance Center at Rockport Music, St. Mark’s Church in Philadelphia, as well as several concerts with “Curtis on Tour”.
As part of The Brass Projects initiative to bring music to diverse and underserved communities, the ensemble has worked with young students in over eighty educational concerts across Northern New Mexico and has held multiple residencies in Philadelphia area schools, including South Philadelphia High School and Powel Elementary School.
The Brass Project has been engaged with the Curtis Institute of Music’s Community Artists Program for three years, through which they continue to develop new programs to bring their art to the wider world.
Their debut album, “Cityscaping,” celebrates the work composers have created for the ensemble and is set for a fall 2018 release.