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Canadian Brass to perform as finale
of 2006-07 Fowler Center Series

April 19, 2007 -- The Canadian Brass will perform on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, in the final performance of the 2006-2007 Fowler Center Series.

For over three decades, the Canadian Brass have been the number on
e, best-known and most entertaining brass quintet in the world. The five virtuosi have made the group an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. The quintet, now in its 36th season, consists of Joe Burgstaller, trumpet; Ryan Anthony, trumpet; and Bernard Scully, horn; alongside original members Gene Watts, trombone; and Chuck Daellenbach; tuba.

The group has a long history of recording classical repCanadian Brassertoire. They have a special affinity for Baroque music, which requires the brilliance and musical structure that has become the Canadian Brass’ trademark.

Their more than 60 recordings to date include works by Purcell
, Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Pachelbel, Beethoven and Wagner — all in meticulously crafted transcriptions that are setting new musical traditions in brass performance. They are especially drawn to the works of J.S. Bach.

The Canadian Brass sprang from modest and highly experimental roots in Toronto, Ontario, in 1970. The brass quintet was not established as a serious concert ensemble at that time, and it proved an irresistible challenge to Gene Watts and Chuck Daellenbach. Their imagination and consummate musicianship eventually elevated the art of the brass quintet to what it is today.

Thanks to their pioneer status, the quintet developed a unique character and rapport with audiences that proved so successful that it has been emulated by many other ensembles. The Canadian Brass have mastered the gamut of concert presentations — from formal classical concerts to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects. No matter what the style, the music is central and performed with utmost dedication and excellence.

The "fabulous five" spend most of their time on tour, and have performed with many major symphony orchestras in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. They have gained a large international following of their solo performances that offer a large variety of musical styles.

Having started with the very limited base of traditional works for brass, Canadian Brass set out to create their own musical world by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 200 works; the most recent being the brilliant Quintet by Michael Kamen.

They are not only presenting works in the classical repertoire but continue to take daring leaps into jazz, contemporary concert music and popular songs. Most of this music, including the Quintet, is published by Hal Leonard. It is the inspiration and musical staple of students and brass ensembles in North America and Europe.

Millions of television viewers have seen the Canadian Brass in such shows as The Tonight Show, Today, and Entertainment Tonight. They have appeared 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.”

All members of the Canadian Brass are keenly interested in training the next generation of players. On their travels around the world, performing on gold-plated Yamaha instruments, they often pause for master classes. The famous five are chamber quintet-in-residence at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. Additionally, they have created an innovative brass summer course at the famous Eastman School of Music. They have been invited by the Canadian Government to play for visiting heads of states on numerous official occasions.

The program for the Canadian Brass performance at ASU’s Fowler Center will include J.S. Bach’s “Aire pours les trompettes,” arranged by Michael Allen, Malcom Forsyth’s “Golyardes Ground,” a Bach-Vivaldi medley arranged by Joe Burgstaller, four pieces from J.S. Bach’s Anna Magdalena Notebook, arranged by Christopher Dedrick, selections from the album “High Society,” arranged by Luther Henderson, selections from the Glenn Miller Songbook, arranged by Christopher Dedrick, Samuel Barber’s “Adagio,” arranged by Stephen McNeff, and highlights from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” arranged by Fred Mills.

Individual tickets to the Canadian Brass performance are $30 and $20 for adults; $23 and $15 for students and senior citizens; and $10 and $6 for ASU students.

Tickets may be purchased by calling (870) 972-ASU1 (972-2781) or 1-888-278-3267. For online purchases, see For more information, call Fowler Center at (870) 972-3471.



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