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HOLIDAY TRADITIONS -- THE CANADIAN BRASS, DECEMBER 17

November 3, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S
CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
A HOLIDAY TRADITION –
CANADIAN BRASS CHRISTMAS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 8PM


Fairfax, Virginia, November 3, 200—“Charles Lazarus ignited the piccolo trumpet…followed immediately by a solo from horn player Bernhard Scull…Tubist Charles Daellenbach and trombonist Eugene Watts are as spry as they were three decades ago…Trumpeter Stuart Laughton, an original member who recently rejoined the group, played as if he had never left...they never failed to bring a smile…” so exclaimed the Birmingham (AL) News after a recent appearance by the always exuberant Canadian Brass. Center for the Arts audiences have been responding wildly, too, over the last several seasons since the Brass have begun their annual pilgrimage to Fairfax for a celebration including winter music, Christmas favorites, Hanukkah tunes, and other cherished compositions, both classical and popular.

A Canadian Brass Christmas returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 17 at 8PM. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, begins at 7:15PM on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

On the road continuously since 1970, Canadian Brass have carved out a niche of virtuosity and showmanship with tuba and trumpets, giving audiences “an exceptional performance full of dash and élan…” (Grand Rapids (MI) Press). Past sold-out Canadian Brass Christmas performances at the Center for the Arts have included Luther Henderson’s Celebration Overture, selections from The Nutcracker, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Paganini’s Caprice No. 24 for Horn, a selection of Hanukkah and other seasonal music and, of course, the popular Holiday Sing-a-Long.

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Tickets for CANADIAN BRASS are $22-$44. Charge by phone at
888-945-2468 or click here. 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 www.gmu.edu/cfa


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.