Grand County Concert Series presents Denver Brass: Exhilerating music, intimate performance |

Grand County Concert Series presents Denver Brass: Exhilerating music, intimate performance

by Cyndi McCoy
Tabernash, Colorado

The autumn wind has blown in the kick-off performance of this year’s Grand County Concert Series, starting with a local favorite.

A quintet from The Denver Brass Inc. returns for its fourth classical feature performance for the series ” which begins its fifth season tonight in the Fraser Valley.

The Denver Brass Inc. brings together acclaimed ensembles for a wide variety of performances ” including The Denver Brass, Hi Altitude Jazz, and the Denver Brass “5”. Critics hail the ensembles “for exquisite and exhilarating music presented in an intimate and personal matter.”

Founded in 1976, The Denver Brass 5 is a “fresh and exciting chamber ensemble” that is also “in the forefront of commissioning new works which embody the spirit of American music.” The repertoire includes everything from jazz and contemporary sounds to masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

The quintet is the premier recital quintet of The Denver Brass, which rotates its large ensemble players through its recital quintet so that any five players can tour. The quintet has performed throughout the United States and has been recognized internationally for its “elegant approach to brass chamber music performance.”

Musicians set to perform tonight are F. Joseph Docksey (trumpets), Alan Hood (trumpets), Kathleen Aylsworth Brantigan (tuba), Susan McCullough (horn), and Joseph Martin (trombone).

Each member is a full-time professional musician and educator, teaching at universities in the region and in private studios, Brantigan explained. They all “enjoy including a teaching component in their schedules, as they are passionate about passing on their knowledge to the next generation of brass performers.”

Their concert will feature a wide variety of styles of music.

“It’s the goal of all members of The Denver Brass that all performances speak to the mind and the heart, that audience members leave the concert feeling inspired and optimistic about mankind,” Brantigan said. “Music is a tangible way that man expresses his hope and dreams for the world. Music reveals our inner nature, and it has the power to heal and inspire goodness.”

One of the reasons the group is so popular is its ability to connect with the audience.

“Added to their warmth and humor, they deliver an outstanding musical performance on every level,” said Joyce Engel, president of the GCCS. “There’s something for everyone.”

The Grand County Concert Series is a volunteer-run nonprofit 501(c)3 organization which also hosts complimentary dessert receptions with the artists at the church after each concert. Everyone is invited to become a member, with proceeds helping bring top artists to Grand County, as well as students to those concerts and performing artists into the local schools. Upcoming performers include the Queen City Jazz Band Jan. 23, Colorado Light Opera Feb. 27, Veronika String Quartet March 27, Bergmann Piano Duo April 10, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet May 15.

Season tickets are now on sale and are $60 for adults and $30 for students age 17 and under. Families may purchase a season pass for two adults and their children for $160. Tickets are also available at the door. For information on ordering tickets and making donations, visit

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