Picture St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice and think of trumpets and horns blaring and you'll have an idea of the Renaissance-style music of the Annapolis Brass Quintet.
"The music we perform from hundreds of years ago was then the most glorious, loudest music of the time. Think of Giovanni Gabrieli, who was a composer, at St. Mark's when the music was bouncing around the walls of the church," says Annapolis trumpeter David Cran.
Closer to home, the Annapolis Brass Quintet will perform with the Netherlands Brass Quintet at Baird Auditorium tonight, after only one rehearsal together. The pairing of the quints is part of the seventh annual International Brass Quintet Festival, which began June 7 and will end July 4.
The two groups will play separately, then together, finishing with a trade of experimental new works. The Netherland quintet's repertoire includes Bach compositions reworked for horns; the Annapolis group intends to play mostly Venetian Renaissance music. Other baroque and Elizabethan works are slated for the duet.
Performing with another quintet "is a matter of trying to match style," Cran says. "We know this group but we've never worked with them. We only know their tapes and records. Last year with the Budapest brass quintet it was like magic."