Bemidji Concert Series Continues Nov. 5 With Boston Brass

Boston Brass, L to R: Jose Sibaja, trumpet; Domingo Pagliuca, trombone; Sam Pilafian, tuba; Chris Castellanos, horn; Jeff Conner, trumpet

Boston Brass, a five-piece ensemble specializing in classical arrangements, jazz standards and original brass quintet repertoire, will perform Nov. 5 at Bemidji State University as part of the Bemidji Concert Series.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Thompson Recital Hall of BSU’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets are available at the doors or in advance in Room 201 of BSU’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

About Boston Brass

For 31 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a unique musical experience, performing a range of pieces from classical arrangements to jazz standards. A Boston Brass performance provides audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Boston Brass includes:

  • founding member Jeff Conner on trumpet,
  • Jose Sibaja on trumpet,
  • Chris Castellanos on horn,
  • Domingo Pagliuca on trombone, and
  • Sam Pilafian on tuba.

The quintet tours extensively, playing more than 100 dates per year in solo performances and with a variety of orchestras, bands and other ensembles. Boston Brass has performed in 49 states and more than 30 countries.

Boston Brass has been featured on The CBS Early Show, National Public Radio’s Performance Today and The Great American Brass Band Festival, and has recorded a number of albums.

About the Bemidji Concert Series

Bemidji State University’s Department of Music began the Bemidji Concert Series in 2001 to help reinforce Bemidji’s reputation as a cultural center in northern Minnesota and to provide the Bemidji region with local access to world-class musical performances.

Upcoming performances include:

Jan. 21 — Argus Quintet
The Argus Quintet has quickly established a reputation as a dynamic, versatile ensemble known for innovative performances and diverse repertoire. Their performances features new work by living composers in addition to traditional staples of chamber music canon. This fall, the quartet began an appointment as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Juilliard School, where they will work closely with the Juilliard String Quartet.

March 9 — Atlantic Reed Consort
The Atlantic Reed Consort — which includes oboe, clarinet, bassoon, bass clarinet and saxophone performers — embraces contemporary music while bringing traditional chamber music composed by Bach, Gershiwin and Ravel to audiences in an unexpected format. The group promotes chamber music through numerous clinics, recitals, public outreach concerts and recordings. The group made its Carnegie Hall debut in January.

2017-18 Bemidji Concert Series
Sept. 28 — The Rose Ensemble
Nov. 5 — Boston Brass
Jan. 21 — Argus Quartet
March 9 — Atlantic Reed Consort


Bemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university’s Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding.