Redline seeks to bring artful performances that incorporate elements of active engagement to a wide range of audiences. In our performances and workshops, we strive to demonstrate that all great music, no matter the style or when it was written, can be relevant and interesting to any audience. In addition, we aim to further the medium of brass quintet though the commissioning and performance of new works.
Made up of some of the Boston area’s most talented and active musicians, the Redline Brass Quintet has quickly grown to be one of the most exciting groups to see on stage and in the classroom.
A collection of unique personalities with sensitive musicianship, the Redline Brass met while diligently studying at the New England Conservatory of Music. Inspired to continue rewarding musical experiences together, the group accepted a fellowship in the Community Outreach program at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, they trained rigorously with former Empire Brass (and Boston Symphony) Trombonist, Norman Bolter and earned an Artist Diploma for their contribution to the Longy community. In recognition of their “skill and artistry in engaging audiences of all ages and contexts”, RBQ was awarded the first President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Artistry from the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Redline Brass Quintet has been featured in numerous concert series including the Wayland Little Concert Series, the Saint-Gaudens Summer Concert Series in New Hampshire, and Longy's Family Concert Series at Pickman Hall. Over the years they have premiered a number of new works for brass quintet. Collaborations have included new works from the Boston Composer's Coalition, a performance and recording of the PARMA New Music Festival's composition winner, Michael Mikulka, and most recently, the premiere of a new work for brass quintet on Nantucket.
As a part of its endeavor to bring great music to new and young audiences, RBQ has collaborated with the Boston Philharmonic, Discovery Ensemble, North End Music Performing Arts Center, Groupmuse, Longy School of Music, and others to present their exciting interactive programs to schools and community centers throughout the Greater New England area. Each education program created by Redline strives to break down the invisible barrier between audience and performer, bringing the listener into the world of each piece of music it performs. The ensemble prides itself on introducing young audiences to a wide range of musical styles from Johann Sebastian Bach to Leonard Bernstein to David Sampson.
Between performing innovative educational outreach programs, like Bravo Bernstein!, and blazing new trails in the brass quintet repertoire, RBQ continues to push the boundaries of what it means to be a complete musician in the 21st century.