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    Minneapolis-based Copper Street Brass Quintet (The CSBQ) represents a new direction in chamber music. Combining classical music with jazz, pop, and rock, The CSBQ will perform in Crookston High School’s auditorium on Thursday, May 9 at 8 p.m.

    The concert, called “Evolution in Concert,” is one of the main events for The CSBQ’s May 8-10 educational residency in Crookston’s public schools.         

During the three-day residency, CHS Band Director Christopher Brandt told the Times, the quintet will perform for elementary, junior high, and high school students, and will also lead brass master classes and small ensemble coachings, giving students the unique opportunity to work closely with professional musicians.

    The CSBQ’s May 9 concert will feature music that spans 250 years of music history, from Mozart to Dave Brubeck to Billy Joel to Guns ’N Roses to Adele, and has a blend of musical styles and fusion of electronic effects with brass.

    The concert is free, and a free-will offering will be taken to support the Crookston public school music programs.

    A 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts ensemble, The CSBQ prides itself on shattering the divide between listener and performer with their banter and audience interaction. In addition to concert performances, the group focuses on education and introducing kids to music through educational workshops and individual lessons throughout the Twin Cities and across the Midwest.

    “They’re a group whose smart programming and bright personalities have taken the brass quintet to a new level,” said Steve Staruch, classical MPR host.

    The CSBQ’s educational residency and concert is funded in part by the Northwest Arts Council through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature.

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