Canadian Brass

'Tis the Season...for Holiday Music!

Nov 19, 2014

WRTI brings you the gift of classical music and jazz every day. As the holidays approach, please consider giving back to WRTI with a holiday present of support, and we’ll thank you with an inspiring trio of seasonal music - guaranteed to liven up your holidays! Available for a limited time only – contribute today to receive these selections just in time for Christmas. WRTI’s new logo items are also perfect for gift giving.

Like hands and gloves, brass music and Christmas were made for each other. This new album from the always imaginative Canadian Brass is an affectionate tribute to the classic animated TV specials that continue to delight young and old during the holiday season. 

Let's face it, for most people thoughts of brass conjure up either college football halftime bands or worse, the "sad tuba and trombone" music cues marking a game show loser (think The Price Is Right when the contestant gets the price wrong and doesn't win the car). Personally, the holidays are what comes to mind when I think of brass.

Renowned organist Jeffrey Brillhart plays the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, in a program of Bach, Brahms, Vierne, Gabrielli, Scheidt, and Faure.  He'll be joined by the acclaimed Canadian Brass for an afternoon of musical fireworks! Recorded in concert at the Kimmel Center this past March. Listen on WRTI: Sunday, September 9th, 3 to 4 pm.

The four musicians in the Canadian Brass, who perform works in the classical repertoire with daring leaps into jazz and popular standards, were joined by renowned organist Jeffrey Brillhart last March in Verizon Hall. On the heels of their latest album release, Canadian Brass Takes Flight (January 31, 2012), this special organ and brass program included works from their recent album, along with new arrangements and collaborations with the impressive talents of Brillhart, the director of music and fine arts at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

If you said the Canadian Brass represented the "gold standard" among brass quintets, you'd be right on the mark. Aside from performing on 24K gold-plated instruments, the group, led by its avuncular tuba master (and sole original member) Chuck Daellenbach, essentially put the idea of the brass quintet on the map.

Canadian Brass and Organist Jeffrey Brillhart

Mar 3, 2012

Join Jill Pasternak as she interviews The Canadian Brass, along with organist Jeffrey Brillhart. Both will be appearing together in concert at the Kimmel Center on March 10th as part of the Kimmel's Fred J Cooper Memorial Organ series.

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Canadian Brass and Banjoist Michael Miles

Jul 1, 2011

The Canadian Brass stopped by our studios to talk with Jill Pasternak and perform live after their recent concert on the Temple campus. Musician and educator Michael J. Miles, who specializes in banjo and guitar, is our second guest. He's a self-described "musical documentarian."

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Brass Quintet Canadian Brass

Nov 25, 2009

The virtuosi of Canadian Brass has made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. The quintet has a long history of recording classical repertoire. They have a special affinity for Baroque music, which requires the musical structure that has become the Canadian Brass' trademark.

Brass Quintet Canadian Brass

May 14, 2009

The virtuosi of Canadian Brass have made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. The quintet has a long history of recording classical repertoire. They have a special affinity for Baroque music, which requires the musical structure that has become the Canadian Brass' trademark.

Their more than 60 recordings 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.

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