Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet
The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet became a resident ensemble at Kennesaw State University in 2001. The ASBQ began thirty-four years ago as the "Ceremonial Troupe" of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, having performed for numerous dignitaries including HRH Prince Charles. The Quintet presents an incredibly varied repertoire from original transcriptions of Renaissance and Baroque music through theatrical pieces and commissioned works by southeastern composers. The ASBQ has appeared on numerous occasions on National Public Radio's Performance Today, and in the summer of 1996 was the "house band" for four days of live radio broadcast over NPR to 40 countries. The Quintet's performances are also featured on the Spirit of '96 NPR CD. In October 1992, the Quintet provided all of the music for the Tribune Broadcasting live worldwide broadcast of The Search for Scarlet, performing Civil War salon music in the State Capitol. In June 1993, the Quintet presented "A Norwegian Brass Odyssey," playing in Oslo, Lillehammer, and at the Bergen International Festival in Bergen, Norway. This led to a commitment to share unique Norwegian brass music with Atlanta audiences in addition to the greatest brass quintet repertoire from throughout the world. During the 1996 Summer Olympics, The ASBQ was the Official Brass Quintet of the 1996 Cultural Olympiad.
"An extraordinarily handsome ensemblestrong in individual excellenceand with a repertoire and sound of power and majesty."Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus Robert Shaw