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By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
Canadian Brass, the quintet that has earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group,” comes to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Five tremendous brass musicians — each a virtuoso in his own right — form the legendary Canadian Brass. Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet. With a vast repertoire from Baroque masters to marches, holiday favorites to Dixieland, and jazz to Broadway, Canadian Brass has proven itself an important pioneer in bringing brass music to mass audiences.
Friends Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts first came together in 1970 to form a brass quintet, but never envisioned the success and storied career Canadian Brass would achieve over the next 40-plus years. The quintet continues to score Billboard chart positions while playing to packed houses throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe.
As noted in The Plain Dealer, “One need not be partial to brass, or even to classical music, to love Canadian Brass. For these famous five are masters not only of music but also of presentation. After 40 years on stage, they’ve got the chops of virtuosos and the deadpan delivery of the best stand-up comics.”
Today’s Canadian Brass is founder Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Christopher Coletti and Caleb Hudson (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Eric Reed (horn). Beyond their unparalleled musicality, each player possesses the creativity, good humor and love of performing that is the ensemble’s hallmark.
Celebrating its 43rd season, Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of television viewers, sold 2 million of its approximately 100 albums, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire.
In addition to a demanding touring and recording schedule, Canadian Brass is continually innovating to expand the brass repertoire, satisfy and challenge a loyal fan base, and use new media to connect to audiences worldwide. They provide extensive educational outreach under the banners “Effortless Performance” and “Shape Your Musical Destiny,” the latter which helps emerging musicians navigate the brave new world of self-production and promotion.
Exclusive artists for Conn-Selmer Musical Instruments, the five play on state-of-the-art 24K gold-plated Artisan Bach and Conn horns, hand-crafted in the USA.
View a variety of music videos featuring Canadian Brass at http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?p=Canadian+Brass+music.
Tickets for Canadian Brass ($35/$49) are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or call 247-7657. All sales final.
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.