Mnozil Brass has established itself as one of the world's premier brass ensembles. With more than 130 performances a year, the group has captivated audiences with their blend of immense virtuosity and theatrical wit. Their performances seamlessly blend original compositions with classical favorites, jazz standards, and popular hits. As always, 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 eight albums and six 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.
This performance is dedicated in loving memory of Bucknell Professor Slava Yastremski who passed away on November 13, 2015. Slava was a great friend of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. May his spirit live eternal.
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