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November 13, 2007
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Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 at 8 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 5, 2007 – “Nothing proclaims celebration and festivity like the sound of brass instruments. And if those instruments are played by the members of Canadian Brass, there is even greater cause for celebration.” (Toronto Star) With almost 100 concerts per year, this busy brass quintet, now heading into its 36th performance season, is always on the go, but never more so than during the winter holidays. "A Canadian Brass Christmas" returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Booz Allen Hamilton is the Performance Sponsor for "A Canadian Brass Christmas."

“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” The Washington Post said about this exuberant quintet that hails from Toronto. Founders Gene Watts on trombone, Chuck Daellenbach on tuba and Bernard Scully on horn are joined by newcomers - dubbed the “Trumpet Dream Team" - Joe Burgstaller and Manon Lafrance. Canadian Brass spends most of its time touring and performing with symphony orchestras worldwide. “Short of a symphony orchestra, they're one of the few musical ensembles that can convincingly move from Mozart to Glenn Miller to Carmen.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Over the years, Canadian Brass has developed a strong and lasting rapport with audiences and continues to attract and delight new fans. In addition to the group’s tremendous versatility and gifted musicianship, audiences love their quirky senses of humor, frequently drawing comparisons to the Marx Brothers and the early Beatles. One fan favorite is their condensed version of Bizet’s opera "Carmen," complete with a playful bullfight in which Daellenbach portrays the bull.

Canadian Brass, which has a special affinity for Baroque music, has produced more than 60 recordings, including works from Purcell, Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Pachelbel, Beethoven and Wagner. In addition to its classical repertoire, the group has also ventured into jazz, contemporary concert music, popular songs, and Hanukkah and Christmas selections, ranging from Handel’s "Messiah" to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The quintet recently released its newest holiday album, “Christmas Tradition,” which can be found exclusively on

Canadian Brass also has appeared “The Tonight Show,” “The Today Show” and “Entertainment Tonight.” They have performed as guest artists on “Evening at Pops” with John Williams and the Boston Pops, Beverly Sills’s "Music Around the World" and numerous other PBS specials. The Canadian government has also invited the quintet to perform for visiting heads of state on numerous occasions.

Dedicated to training the next generation of brass musicians, Canadian Brass frequently teaches master classes while on tour. They are the quintet-in-residence at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif., and have created an innovative brass summer course at the famous Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.


Booz Allen Hamilton is the Performance Sponsor for A Canadian Brass Christmas.

PNC is the 2007-08 Season Sponsor for Great Performances at Mason.

Tickets for A Canadian Brass Christmas are $50, $42, $25. Family-Friendly: Children 12 and under half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 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

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