Rebecca Steinberg, trumpet | Olivia Pidi, trumpet | Erin Paul, horn | Sara Mayo, trombone | Jennifer Hinkle, bass trombone
The acclaimed New York City-based brass quintet makes its Rockport debut with a free community concert for all ages. Calliope Brass collaborates with the world’s most prominent creatives to build evocative, story-driven concert experiences for a variety of audiences. The concert will feature a wide variety of styles, from pops to classical to swing, a little something for everyone!
Inspired by the eponymous storytelling muse in Greek mythology, Calliope Brass (pronounced “Kuh-LIE-uh-pea”) is most known for its innovative approach, successfully expanding upon the more traditional norm of recital-style performances. They recently released their debut record, Rose Strewn Course.
The quintet’s flagship educational initiative, “What’s Your Story?” debuted during the 2018-2019 season to great acclaim and continues to tour in schools across the country, including auditoriums and classrooms in over a dozen schools across New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. A cross-curricular interactive performance targeted to K-5, Calliope developed “What’s Your Story?” in collaboration with Broadway music director and composer Kat Sherrell (music associate, Hamilton US Tour) and puppeteers Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Sesame Street) and Haley Jenkins (Sesame Street, The Muppets).
Calliope Brass also keeps an active concert schedule across the tri-state area, playing a suite of programmatic recitals that incorporate non-standard repertoire and creative arrangements of crowd favorites. Marquee performances include a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial at New York’s Symphony Space and a 2017 grant award from New York Women Composers, which led to the quintet’s concert premiere of a 5-movement work by Faye-Ellen Silverman. Its debut album, scheduled for 2020, will have works by composers both past and present, including Emma Gregan, Leonard Bernstein, Dana Wilson, and more.
As a registered 501(c)3 organization, Calliope Brass furthers the role of women brass musicians as both artists and teachers through excellence in artistry and innovation in performance. Based in New York City, their members are among the city’s most active musicians, found playing on Broadway, major symphony orchestras, television, and mainstage acts including Adele, Pink Martini, and Andrea Bocelli.