Gaudete Brass with Red Star Brass at Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park

September 13, 2017, 12:15 pm

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Join us live from the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park for the IMF Chicago Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert with the Gaudete Brass and  Red Star Brass performing music of Paul Hindemith, Stacy Garrop, Anthony Plog and Gabrieli.


Gaudete Brass
Bill Baxtresser, Trumpet
Charles Russell Roberts, Trumpet
Phil Kassel, French Horn
Paul Von Hoff, Trombone
Scott Tegge, Tuba

Red Star Brass
Mark Haworth, Trumpet
Sam Veren, Trumpet
Sarah Burgstahler, French Horn
Matt Martin, Trombone
Chris Smith, Tuba

Morgenmusik (6’)
I. Mäßig bewegt
II. Lied
III. Bewegt
Paul Hindemith (1895 – 1963)

Selections from Legends of Olympus (10’)
II. Aphrodite
III. Hermes
Stacy Garrop (b. 1969)

Canzon in echo duodecimi toni à 10 (5’)
Giovanni Gabrieli (c.1554/1557 – 1612)

Antiphonies (15’)
Anthony Plog (b. 1947)


Since 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet has committed itself to presenting serious brass chamber music through compelling concerts, commissioning new works and adventurous recordings. The group has engaged in live performances at venues such as Merkin Hall and Symphony Space in New York City and Millennium Park in Chicago, commissioned new works from noted composers such as David Sampson, Jonathan Newman, John Cheetham, Steven Bryant and Stacy Garrop, and appeared on radio broadcasts on WFMT in Chicago and Nashville Public Radio.

While keeping this rigorous performance schedule, Gaudete has recorded four albums: Brass Outings (2006), winner of the CDBaby Editors’ Choice distinction and nominee for Just Plain Folks Best Classical Chamber Album; Conversations in Time with organist R. Benjamin Dobey (2011, Pro Organa); Chicago Moves, produced by Grammy winner Judith Sherman and featuring several of its commissioned works (2012, Cedille Records) and sevenfive (2017, Cedille Records) featuring five new works commissioned for Chicago’s John Corigliano 75th birthday festival.

The quintet has also presented educational programs and concerts at prominent institutions including The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and Arizona State University and starting in the fall of 2013 the GBQ has joined Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts faculty as ensemble-in-residence. Gaudete (gow-day-tay) is a form of the Latin word for “Joy.” We support the idea that chamber music, even (and perhaps especially) the serious kind, can powerfully communicate both the poignant and the exuberant. To learn more about the Gaudete Brass, please visit

Red Star Brass is a professional chamber ensemble based in the Chicagoland area. Originally formed while studying at DePaul University, Red Star has become one of Chicago’s premiere brass quintets. From its inception, Red Star has been determined to deliver the quality of a classically trained chamber group without pretense.

Red Star Brass first brought its bold sound to the Lincoln Station Bar, sparking partnerships with groups throughout Chicago’s music scene. Red Star went on to found the Kitchen Sink Urban Chamber Series, a music series taking classical music to Chicago’s urban landscape with innovative programming spanning all genres. Equally at home in both beer halls and concert halls, Red Star is changing the expectations of a brass quintet. Shows at venues such as The Tonic Room, St. Clement’s Cathedral, and the Kitchen Sink Cafe showcase Red Star’s appetite to push the boundaries of performance practice for the brass quintet.

In addition, Red Star Brass has a strong desire to reach out to the next generation of brass players. Red Star has led masterclasses and performances for schools throughout the Chicagoland area including Loyola University, Morton College, the Wolcott School as well as Glenbard East High School’s Band Boot Camp.