• "For anyone whose tastes in brass quintet playing are satisfied by technical brilliance, taut ensemble, flashy programming and a touch of humor, The Chicago Brass provided ample fulfillment in its' (concert) at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. In a concert replete with transcriptions from Bach, Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Bizet and others this quintet maneuvered through a maze of demanding works with a high degree of polish."

  • "The Chicago Brass Quintet has established itself as one of the best brass quintet's in the world."

  • "The five musicians of this ensemble play with a precision and exuberance that make them a joy to behold. This collection of first-rate players has achieved this and much more. Among the world's premier ensembles, the Chicago Brass Quintet is unequaled in its ability to play as a concise body."

  • "First-rate playing with very good, close-up and lively sound. Virtuosic performances."

  • “Whether they are performing a comic Hopak dance by Moussorgsky, a satirical Polka by Shostakovich, a romantic and lyrical Prelude by Scriabin, a flurry of brilliant passages in Rimsky–Korsakoff ’s Flight of the Bumblebee or the heroic gallop of Rossini’s William Tell, the Chicago Brass Quintet is simply outstanding.”

  • “They project a crisp sonic brilliance that enlivens every score they play."

  • "Under the unassuming cover of Crystal Records' geek-friendly cover lies a release of great musical power, rich both in pleasure and legacy."

  • "We were immediately struck by the musicianship of the players. They are quick and clean with incredible articulation. The rapid double and triple tonguing of trumpet player Ross Beacraft and Matthew Lee is almost as impressive as their ability to bring out the music’s emotional elements."

  • "Showmanship, ease before the large audience, near perfect ensemble and technical brilliance all contributed to the Chicago Brass Quintet's fine performance at Orvis Auditorium last Saturday evening."

  • "One of the premier ensembles of our time."

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Over the years, the Chicago Brass Quintet's captivating blend of personality and passion has earned rapturous acclaim, and has led to numerous features in major media outlets.
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