Canadian Brass will perform Smith Concert
The internationally acclaimed Canadian Brass will perform a concert in Haggin Auditorium on Wednesday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy J. and Fred K. Smith Concert Series at Transylvania.
With a discography of over 90 albums and an extensive worldwide touring schedule, Canadian Brass is a pioneer in bringing brass music to audiences everywhere. The five members of the group, who first came together in 1970, helped to transform a previously undervalued group of instruments with a limited repertoire into a versatile ensemble proficient in everything from Gabrieli to Gershwin. They have sold well over two million albums worldwide.
The group’s repertoire includes renaissance and baroque masters, classical works, marches, holiday favorites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway, and Christian music, as well as popular songs and standards. They are especially known for their holiday concerts at Christmastime and for helping reestablish Scott Joplin with modern audiences through their research, arrangements, and recordings of his rags and other works.
“These are the men who put brass music on the map; with their unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor, they brighten the rosters of concert halls, international festivals and orchestra series throughout the world,” wrote a reviewer in The Washington Post.
Canadian Brass was the first brass group from the West to play in China and the first to take the stage in Carnegie Hall. They have also performed in Australia, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, and South America.
Millions of television viewers have seen the group on The Tonight Show, Today, Entertainment Tonight, and Sesame Street. They have appeared as guest artists with the Boston Pops, Beverly Sills’ Music Around the World, and numerous PBS specials.
Members of Canadian Brass are Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Christopher Coletti and Brandon Ridenour (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone), and Eric Reed (horn). They are known for their engaging stage presence punctuated by lively dialogue and theatrical effects.
In addition to their concert, the group’s members will present a workshop for Transylvania students. They are committed to educating the next generation of players and often offer master classes on their travels around the world.