Recitals & Lectures

Pitzen Brass Ensemble

Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 7:30pm CDT

Galvin Recital Hall

“The Pitzen Brass play all styles with precision and elan. If you like interesting music well played and intelligently presented, go hear them.” —Kyle Gann, Chicago Reader

Founded in 1978, the Pitzen Brass Ensemble is comprised of Northwestern University alumni, many of whom were winners of the Coleman Competition. Members of the ensemble have performed with the Asbury Brass Quintet and the Atlantic Brass Quintet, and maintained successful teaching and performing careers at respected universities and major symphony orchestras. A 2022 reunion performance in Massachusetts rekindled the Pitzen Brass members' passion and commitment to music-making as an ensemble, inspiring them to come together once again to share their love of music in the place where their dream began. 

This innovative and varied program features a motet by Johannes Brahms, funeral music by Richard Wagner (orchestrated for the Pitzen Brass Ensemble by the late Northwestern University composition professor Alan Stout), and original works for brass by the 20th-century French composers Erik Satie, André Jolivet, and Henri Tomasi. One of the highlights will be the first performance since 1989 of the Eagle Columns Fanfare, which the Jonquil Park Sculpture Committee commissioned Pitzen Brass Ensemble conductor Mitchell Arnold to compose and the Pitzen Ensemble to perform for the dedication of Richard Hunt’s monumental and inspiring sculpture, Eagle Columns.

More information is available at, as well as on the official Pitzen Brass Ensemble Facebook page.

Tickets are $35 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.

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Discussion Session

In the same spirit of artistic generosity that their teachers imparted to them, the Pitzen Brass Ensemble plans to host a discussion session the afternoon of April 7 with the students who attend the evening concert. More information about the afternoon event will be forthcoming at

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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.