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Quiet City Chamber Ensemble
The QUIET CITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE was founded by Christopher Brellochs in 2010 to record the world premiere of Aaron Copland’s Quiet City in its original instrumentation. Brellochs had crafted a concert version of Quiet City using the unpublished manuscript of the incidental music, which included material that had languished in obscurity for over 70 years. The Aaron Copland Estate and Copland’s publisher, Boosey and Hawkes, embraced this newly reconstructed chamber version and granted Brellochs the exclusive right to make the world premiere recording. This led to a search for other unrecorded works by American composers and the formation of this ensemble.

The recording, Quiet City (Sono Luminus, June 2011), has been well received garnering significant national radio play along with interviews by Fred Child on APR (American Public Media): PERFORMANCE TODAY and NPR (National Public Radio): WEEKEND EDITION.

Donald Rosenberg writes in Gramophone (Awards 2011) magazine:
“In Brellochs’s reconstruction, the score sounds fresh and haunting, and the refined performance has a sense of discovery.”
In American Record Guide (November 2011) Patrick Hanudel writes:
“Saxophonists looking to expand the chamber literature will find some pleasant surprises. The Copland arrangement is superb and should immediately find a place alongside its more famous sibling. The Ornstein, Hartley, and Barab offer a fusion of heartfelt lyricism and eccentric modernism that will make for enjoyable rehearsals and highly accessible concerts.”
The ensemble has gone on to perform publicly using repertoire from the CD along with other selections to create an exciting program.

Christopher Brellochs, alto saxophone
Donald Batchelder, trumpet
Mitchell Kriegler, clarinet
Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano


Sheet music for Aaron Copland's "QUIET CITY" (restored chamber version), concert adaptation by Christopher Brellochs, is available.