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02/08/17

Brass and Fun: Mnozil Brass to Play at Shannon Hall

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Contact: Esty Dinur, edinur@wisc.edu(608) 262-3907

Brass and Fun: Mnozil Brass to Play at Shannon Hall

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The Wisconsin Union Theater is pleased to welcome Austrian group Mnozil Brass with its Cirque program on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, at 8 p.m. in Shannon Hall. Pricing is as follows: UW-Madison students are $10, Union Members and non-UW students are $42, $38 and $25, UW Faculty and Staff are $44, $40, and $25, and the general public are $46, $42, and $25. Tickets can be purchased on our website, at the Memorial Union box office or by calling 608-265-ARTS.

As part of the Wisconsin Union Theater’s concert series, Austrian septet Mnozil Brass combines classical artistry, brass jazz, and comedy to create a unique twist on classical music and popular hits. The musicians incorporate elements of slapstick and witty humor which has prompted comparisons to Monty Python by multiple critics.

While out of the box, the group sports some of the best brass playing in recent years. Says Jens Lindemann of trumpetmaster.com and formerly of Canadian Brass, “Mnozil Brass is the greatest brass group in the history of the genre. They have a higher level of sheer virtuosity, ensemble, overall musicality and stylistic flexibility, comedic timing, and staging than any group in history...and they sing too...very well I might add. In short, this is a group that just gets it!!!”

Mnozil Brass has been charming audiences with quirky performances and unique instruments for nearly twenty-five years. Each part of their performance is distinctly customized, from their rhythmic harmonies to the trumpets themselves. The band also features pop culture references, from scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey to reprises of Bohemian Rhapsody. One thing is consistent through their gags and variations: excellent musicianship. According to ArtsBHAM.com, Mnozil Brass exemplifies “some of the finest brass playing on the planet.” 

The ensemble has recorded eight albums and has toured internationally to great acclaim since its start. It was nominated for the Amadeus Austrian Music Award and won the Salzburger Stier Cabaret Price in 2006.

This performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Performing Arts Committee and was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsors are WSUM, 91.7FM, and WORT, 89.9 FM.