The Canadian Brass will kick off Weber State College's season of "Star-Studded Specials" with a performance Monday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Browning Center for the Performing Arts.
Other events scheduled this season include Stars of the Soviet Ballets Oct. 27, featuring soloists from the companies of Moscow and Kiev; the Shanghai Acrobats and Imperial Warriors of the Peking Opera, Nov. 19; the King's Singers, Jan. 23; and Pirin, the Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble, Feb. 28.Since its debut in 1970, the Canadian Brass has become the most celebrated brass quintet in the world. With a repertoire embracing everything from Bach and Mozart to Gershwin and Dixieland, the group regularly plays to sold-out houses the world over and was the first brass ensemble of any kind to perform in Carnegie Hall, as well as the People's Republic of China.
Its five members are Frederic Mills and Ronald Romm, trumpets; David Chanian, French horn; Eugene Watts, trombone; and Charles Daellenbach, tuba. All classically trained, their zesty approach to all music and humorous commentary have brought their repertoire to a new audience, from North America to the Soviet Union. In addition they have performed with such major orchestras as Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and the Boston, New York and Philadelphia Pops.
Their nearly two dozen recordings run the gamut from Bach's "Art of Fugue" to the music of Fats Waller, Elton John, Billy Joel and Jelly Roll Morton. At the same time they have commissioned works from such distinguished composers as Lukas Foss and Michael Colgrass.
Tickets to the group's concert are $6-$14 and are available at Dee Events Center, 626-8500.