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Copper Street Brass brings music to Alexandria

Minneapolis-based Copper Street Brass Quintet (CSBQ) represents a new direction in chamber music. Combining classical music with jazz, pop and rock music, the CSBQ will perform at the Discovery Middle School auditorium in Alexandria on Wednesday, January 30 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The concert, called "Evolution in Concert," is one of the main events for the CSBQ's January 28-30 educational residency at the Alexandria public schools.

During the three-day residency, the quintet will perform for the junior high band students at Discovery Middle School, as well as the high school band students at Jefferson High School in Alexandria.

The quintet will also perform a joint concert with the Jefferson High School concert bands on Monday, January 28 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.

The CSBQ's concert on the 30th will feature music from Mozart to Dave Brubeck to Billy Joel and has a blend of musical styles and fusion of electronic effects with brass.

Tickets for the January 30 concert are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

A full-time 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts ensemble, the quintet 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 through a grant by the Lake Region Arts Council through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota legislature.

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