Texas Performing Arts Essential Series presents MNOZIL BRASS

Mnozil Brass has established itself as one of the world's premiere brass ensembles. With over 130 performances a year, the group has sold out houses from the farthest reaches of the European continent to Israel, China, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Canada, and the United States, and has captivated audiences with their blend of immense virtuosity and theatrical wit. No wonder their videos have garnered millions of YouTube views and their fans have travelled countless miles to hear them play.

Hailed as "seriously funny" and "whimsically brazen," Mnozil blends original compositions with classical favorites, jazz standards, and popular hits. The repertoire is presented with the group's iconic humor and wit in scenes so clever that they would be worthy of Monty Python.

Mnozil Brass take their name from the "Gasthaus Mnozil," a restaurant across the street from the Vienna Conservatory, where, in 1992, seven young brass musicians met and began playing at a monthly open-mic. Since then, the group has embraced repertoire for all ages and stages of life: from folk to classical to jazz to pop; all executed with the same fearlessness, immense technical skill, and typical Viennese "schmäh" (almost impossible to find an English translation, but best rendered as a kind of sarcastic charm!).

In their time away from touring, Mnozil Brass has recorded 8 albums and 6 DVDs. They've collaborated on three operetta and opera productions, and composed and recorded the music for the 2006 film Freundschaft. The group has been nominated for the Amadeus Austrian Music Award and won the prestigious Salzburger Stier Cabaret Prize in 2006.

In addition to $10 tickets for primary, secondary, and college students, Texas Performing Arts is now offering a limited number of $12 tickets to active and retired military personnel for all 2016-2017 Essential Series performances (excludes Broadway and special engagements). A military ID is required. For a schedule of upcoming 2016-2017 season performances, please visit www.TexasPerformingArts.org.

PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK

Discussion with Charles Villarrubia

Friday, April 7, 7pm, Bass Concert Hall

Charles Villarrubia serves as Associate Professor of Tuba/Euphonium and Brass Chamber Music at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Villarrubia is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a founding member of Rhythm & Brass.

For more information on this performance, please visit:

http://texasperformingarts.org/season/mnozil-brass-bass-concert-hall-2017


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