The Chestnut Brass Company Tours Honduras in Celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month

Poster of the Chestnut Brass Company's public concerts in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.
Poster of the Chestnut Brass Company’s public concerts in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.

TEGUCIGALPA – At the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Honduras, the Chestnut Brass Company will visit Honduras for the first time April 6-10, 2015. The tour includes workshops and public concerts in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.

Chestnut Brass Company is a brass instruments ensemble comprised of Bruce Barrie (trumpet), John Charles Thomas (trumpet), Marian Hesse (horn), Larry Zimmerman (trombone), and Jay Krush (tuba). This Grammy-winning ensemble has received international acclaim for its brilliant performances with modern and historical brass instruments. Since its beginnings in 1977 as a street band in Philadelphia, Chestnut Brass Company has toured in North and South America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. The extraordinary diversity of its repertoire and instrumentation allows the ensemble to offer a variety of programs that are interesting, entertaining and innovative.

In 1995, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Aaron Copland Foundation recognized the Chestnut Brass Company, which allowed it to record works especially written for the Company. Additionally, the ensemble has received support from Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, FELS Foundation, the Dietrich Foundation and Pew Trust.

The ensemble was awarded the Classical Crossover Grammy in 1999 for Hornsmoke: Music of Peter Schickele, and continues to be the only brass quintet to have won a Grammy.

Chestnut Brass Company’s diverse repertoire and discography are available on Sony Classical, Albany, Newport Classic, Crystal, Musical Heritage, and Polygram.

The schedule of presentations is:

Monday, April 6 – Tegucigalpa
Press Conference, Hotel Real-Intercontinental
3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7 – Tegucigalpa
Workshop with Banda de los Supremos Poderes de Honduras
9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 8 – Tegucigalpa
Workshop at Escuela Nacional de Musica
9:00 a.m.

Concert at Teatro Nacional Manuel Bonilla
Free admission
6:30 p.m.

Thursday,  April 9 – San Pedro Sula
Workshop at Escuela de Musica Victoriano Lopez
4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 10 – San Pedro Sula
Workshop at Centro Cultural Sampedrano
10:00 a.m.

Concert at Centro Cultural Sampedrano, Auditorio I
Free admission
7:00 p.m.

The Chestnut Brass Company visit is supported by the Dirección Ejecutiva de Cultura y Artes, the Instituto Hondureño de Cultura Interamericana (IHCI), the Escuela Nacional de Musica, the Escuela de Musica Victoriano Lopez, and the Centro Cultural Sampedrano (CCS).

For additional information on the tour of Chestnut Brass Company in Honduras, visit the Facebook page of the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa.