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Copper Street Brass to bring music to Pine River-Backus

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 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Pine River-Backus High School gymnasium. The concert, called “Evolution in Concert,” is one of the main events for The CSBQ’s March 21 educational residency at the Pine River-Backus public schools. During the one-day residency, the quintet will perform and teach for elementary, junior high and high school students, giving the students of Pine River-Backus the unique opportunity to work closely with professional musicians.

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

The concert is free, and a freewill offering will be taken to support the Pine River-Backus High School Band Program. A full-time 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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