ROCHESTER, NY — For the fifth consecutive year, the world’s best-known brass quintet — the Canadian Brass — pays a visit to Rochester to perform an eclectic and unique program at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 22, in Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.).
In true Canadian Brass style, this will not be your typical brass concert. Known around the world for its dazzling virtuosity as well as its ability to engage and entertain an audience, the Toronto-based group will strut their stuff while sporting their signature tuxedos and sneakers. The quintet will perform works that range the gamut of musical styles, from Glenn Miller tunes to Beatles songs, from Sousa marches to Latin tangos, from music by Grammy-winning film composer Michael Kamen to masterworks of the Baroque and Classical eras.
For the last 35 years, the Canadian Brass — which includes Eastman alumnus and tubist Charles Daellenbach — has made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for concert music and concertgoers of any age. With repertoire spanning a range of over 400 years, the group has made more than 60 recordings and has created a repertoire of more than 200 transcriptions, arrangements and commissions. In addition to tours around the world and performances with major symphony orchestras, the Canadian Brass have been seen by millions of television viewers on such programs as 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’ Music Around the World, and numerous PBS specials. The quintet has also created eight videos that have gained an international audience and has just released a DVD that captures the group in performance over three decades entitled “Three Nights with Canadian Brass”.
Tickets range from $12-$20 (discounts with UR ID) and are available at the RPO Box Office (108 East Avenue), by phone at 454-2100, online at www.esm.rochester.edu/concerts, or at Rochester-area Wegmans Home Video departments. Any unsold tickets will be available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office one hour before concert time. For more information, please call the Eastman Concert Office at 274-1100.
Note to editors: Color photos of the Canadian Brass are available for downloading at www.canbrass.com/press.html