Canadian Brass kicks off LACA

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The Los Alamos Concert Association kicks off its 2013-2014 season with a concert featuring The Canadian Brass. Having performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold two million albums worldwide, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire.
The concert will be 4 p.m. Sept. 29 in the in the Duane Smith Auditorium.
The varied Canadian Brass repertoire features brass standards, as well as a wide-ranging library of original arrangements created especially for them.
These include the works of Renaissance and Baroque masters, Classical works, marches, holiday favorites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway and Christian music, as well as popular songs and standards.
Having started with a very limited base, Canadian Brass has created its own musical world by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 200 works, including critically acclaimed compositions from Michael Kamen, Luther Henderson, Bramwell Tovey, Don Gillis and more. They have transformed a previously neglected group of instruments with a limited repertoire into a versatile and vital ensemble that can play everything from Gabrieli to Gershwin.
Canadian Brass is especially noted for its Holiday Concerts at Christmastime and was at the forefront of re-establishing Scott Joplin with today’s audiences through their research, arrangements and recordings of his “rags” and other works.
Education plays a key role in the story of Canadian Brass and each member is attuned to training the next generation of players.
On their travels around the world, they often pause for master classes and are more than happy to work with students and young audiences. Canadian Brass is currently Artist in Residence at the University of Toronto after having been Chamber Quintet-in-Residence for many years at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif., and has created an innovative brass summer course at the Eastman School of Music. A part of their outreach is their role as clinicians and exclusive artists for Conn-Selmer Musical Instruments.
Their support of education is also clearly viewed in their outreach and interaction with El Sistema, the acclaimed global music education program in Venezuela and in their new partnership and commitment to the Conn-Selmer Institute.
In conjunction with the Hal Leonard Corporation, the Canadian Brass have also made available an extensive library of brass music for performers of all levels, as well as learning tools.
Masters of concert presentations — from formal classical concerts to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects — Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences.
In this tradition, the Los Alamos concert will feature works by a wide range of composers, from Bach to Bizet to Gershwin.
Tickets are available through the Los Alamos Concert Association website losalamosconcert.org, or at CB Fox and Smith’s grocery stores.
Visit The Canadian Brass’ website at canadianbrass.com.