Oct. 25, 1996
Renowned Canadian Brass Here Dec. 15
The world famous Canadian Brass will bring its unique blend of great musicianship, humor and entertainment to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls as they perform a holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 15.
"Blending virtuosity, musicality, comedy and wit, they [the Canadian Brass] inspired equal measures of laughter and admiration from the packed house, ultimately receiving the inevitable-and totally deserved-standing ovation," praised the Washington Post following a Canadian Brass performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
The Canadian Brass will perform in the UW-RF Knowles Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at the Hagstead Student Center Information Desk. The cost is $8 for university students and $12.50 for non-students. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Since their first appearance on the music scene in 1970, the Canadian Brass has revolutionized brass music and established the brass quintet as a vital force in the music world. The group's five members are Jens Lindemann, trumpet; Ronald Romm, trumpet; David Ohanian, French horn; Eugene Watts, trombone; and Charles Daellenbach, tuba. This versatile ensemble of expert musicians combines verbal wit with musical sophistication, performing everything from the soft classical works of Bach and Mozart to the familiar upbeat melodies of Gershwin and Dixieland. Their holiday concert also includes a sprinkling of Christmas favorites.
The key to The Canadian Brass' performance style is communication between the artists and their audiences. The players feel strongly that it is important to involve the audience in their concerts, both to enhance the listeners' enjoyment of the music and to ensure that they have fun.
The Canadian Brass add appropriate commentary and tasteful touches of humor to their concerts. "It was a show that had the near-capacity audience applauding one moment in recognition of the group's fine musicianship, and laughing uncontrollably the next at their antics," proclaimed Jim Farber, classical music critic for the Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram.
The Canadian Brass is most famous for its live concerts, trademarked by their tennis shoes with tuxedos, their unique opening entrance from the back of the auditorium, and their comical "Tribute to the Ballet," an audience favorite that includes the musicians' hilarious ballerina imitations.
The group's dazzling performances, combined with unique programming, has enabled them to bring classical music to vast new audiences, while providing some of the best musical entertainment to be found anywhere.
"It's a great concert for kids as well as adults," recommends Kaye Schendel, director of UW-RF's Wyman Performance Series.
The Canadian Brass, the first chamber ensemble ever to tour the People's Republic of China, have delighted audiences throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. Each season they give over 130 concerts in North America alone, performing at such major venues as New York's Carnegie Hall (where they appeared four times in one season), Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Ambassador Auditorium in the Los Angeles area, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (where their concerts were sold out three times in one season).
The Canadian Brass have appeared as featured guest artists with many leading American orchestras, including those of Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota, Pittsburg, St. Louis, San Francisco, the National Symphony and the Boston, New York, and Philadelphia Pops. They are also a popular attraction at many major summer music festivals.
The Canadian Brass have been seen by millions on television shows such as the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Camera Three, Sesame Street, and CBS This Morning. They have also starred in their own one-hour PBS special, "The Canadian Brass Live."
As popular recording artists, The Canadian Brass have available nearly 40 recordings, each of which reflects the same unique diversity of music that can be heard in their live concerts.
"They [The Canadian Brass] have achieved a level of fame unprecedented in the annals of brass ensemble playing," raved The Toronto Star.
For more information, contact the Wyman Series at 715/425-4911.