Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass

Dec 18, 2022
CSO Brass


Internationally recognized for its clarion power and gleaming brilliance, the legendary CSO brass section presents a virtuosic showcase of traditional favorites and symphonic masterworks arranged for brass ensemble.

Presented in collaboration with the Midwest Clinic, an International Band and Orchestra Conference.



Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury




Traditional, arr. Howarth



Elgar, arr. Wick 

Severn Suite, Op. 87



Brass Fantasy

Price, arr. Miller 

Adoration arranged for Brass Ensemble


Concert Music for Brass, Timpani and Percussion [World Premiere, CSO Commission]


This concert is generously sponsored by the Schmidt Family Fund.

Concert Music for Brass, Timpani and Percussion, written in honor of the CSO's former principal horn, Dale Clevenger (1940-2022), was commissioned by the CSOA through the generous support of the Edward F. Schmidt Family Commissioning Fund.


CSO Brass Live

The legendary brass section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, long recognized for its power, dynamism and lyricism, takes center stage on this release from CSO Resound. Revel in the fantastic sounds of the CSO brass performing the music of William Walton, Giovanni Gabrieli, Percy Grainger and more. Recorded live at Orchestra Hall, December 2010.

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