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December 3, 2004
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

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Saturday, December 11, 8PM

Fairfax, Virginia. November 10, 2004—Their more than 50 recordings to date include works by Purcell, Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Pachelbel, Beethoven and Wagner — all in meticulously crafted transcriptions that are setting new musical traditions in brass performance. With ebullient, audience-friendly concerts, they have made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. Now, returning for their annual concert of holiday music from "Rudolf" to the "Christmas Song" and from the winter solstice to Hannukkah, the Canadian Brass don their signature white sneakers and take to the stage at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax, Virginia on Saturday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m. An artistic discussion begins 45-minutes prior to the concert on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Spending most of their time on tour, the quintet has performed with many major symphony orchestras in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan, and they have gained a large international following of their solo performances that offer a large variety of musical styles.

Now in its 34th season — the Canadian Brass consists of Joe Burgstaller, trumpet; Stuart Laughton, trumpet; Jeff Nelsen, French horn; Gene Watts, trombone; and Chuck Daellenbach on tuba.

Their "light-hearted but oh-so-beautifully performed pops programs…showcase that oh-so-beautiful sound they produce," exclaims the Dallas/Fort Worth Star-Telegram. This holiday season will be enchanted again by what the Grand Rapids Press called "an exceptional performance full of dash and elan."

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This performance is sponsored by
Booz Allen Hamilton

Tickets for THE CANADIAN BRASS are $44, $36, $22. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.