The brass ensemble emulated by the others, the Canadian Brass, returns for its third Rockford Coronado Concert Association performance Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m., at the Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St. It will be the first appearance by the ensemble since the historic Coronado Theatre was renovated and re-opened in 2001.
Some season subscriptions for $60 for RCCAs series are available by calling 968-9863. A limited number of single tickets for the Canadian Brass are available for $40 by calling Centre Events at 968-5222.
The five virtuosi of the Canadian Brass have made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. The quintetnow in its 34th seasonconsists of new members Charles Lazarus, trumpet, and Bernhard Scully, horn, alongside original members Stuart Laughton, trumpet, Gene Watts, trombone, and Chuck Daellenbach on tuba.
With a long history of recording classical repertoire, the group has a special affinity for Canadian Brass back by popular demand.
Baroque music, which requires the brilliance and musical structure that has become the Canadian Brass trademark.
In addition to their classical repertoire, the ensemble takes daring leaps into jazz, contemporary concert music and popular songs.
Millions of television viewers have seen the Canadian Brass in such shows as The Tonight Show, Today and Entertainment Tonight, as well as numerous PBS specials.
In addition to their heavy concert tour schedule, performed on gold-plated Yamaha instruments, they often pause for master classes. All five are chamber quintet-in-residence at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif.; they also created an innovative brass summer course at the famous Eastman School of Music.
The RCCAs 2004-2005 season also features the Russian National Ballet Theatre of Moscow performing Sleeping Beauty on April 21 as the last of the five-concert series. Call 968-9863 for more information.