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CANADIAN BRASS BRINGS "A CANADIAN BRASS CHIRSTMAS" TO GMU'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
“A CANADIAN BRASS CHRISTMAS”
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 12, 2009 – “Nothing proclaims celebration and festivity like the sound of brass instruments. And if those instruments are played by Canadian Brass, there is even greater cause for celebration.” (Toronto Star) This extraordinary brass quintet combines virtuosity and showmanship with a playful sense of humor. Now heading into its 38th season, Canadian Brass has elevated the art of brass playing with the excellence and technical virtuosity of their performance, the diversity of their programs and the deep connections they make with audiences around the world. Canadian Brass returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m., bringing with them a festive and versatile holiday program called “A Canadian Brass Christmas,” featuring classical music, traditional Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs and jazzy renditions of popular seasonal songs. This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.
“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,” says The Washington Post about this exuberant quintet hailing from Toronto. Founders Gene Watts on trombone and Charles “Chuck” Daellenbach on tuba are joined by Jeff Nelsen on horn, and Brandon Ridenour and Chris Coletti, who are members of a group of past and current Canadian Brass trumpet players dubbed the “Trumpet Dream Team.” With almost 100 performances a year, 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.’” (The 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.
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. The quintet recently released its newest holiday album, “Christmas Tradition,” which recently landed in the #8 position on the Billboard Holiday Album Chart. The group’s recently released CD “Echo – Glory of Gabrieli” has also received rave reviews.
Canadian Brass has appeared “The Tonight Show,” “The Today Show” and “Entertainment Tonight.” The group has also performed as guest artists on “Evening at Pops” with John Williams and the Boston Pops, Beverly Sills’ 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 chamber quintet-in-residence at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and have created an innovative brass summer course at the famous Eastman School of Music.
Tickets for CANADIAN BRASS are $48, $40, $24. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa. 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.
About Great Performances at Mason
Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.
About George Mason University
Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.