CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Canadian Brass welcomes the holidays Dec. 9-10 in Hancher at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Canadian Brass will help to welcome the holiday
season with performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 9 and 10,
in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. The concerts are
part of the Country Bancorporation Family Series.
In addition to brass-quintet arrangements of classical works -- a suite
of compositions by Pergolesi, the Canzona per sonare No. 1 by Gabrieli,
and the Cantata No. 140 and the Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
by J. S. Bach -- the Canadian Brass will play many songs of the season.
The holiday selections will include "Away in a Manger," "Sleigh
Runners," "O Christmas Tree," "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,"
"Jingle Bells," "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and "The
Twelve Days of Christmas."
Adding to the spirit of merriment will be a theatrical performance of
"Hornsmoke, A Horse Opera in One Act," written for the Canadian
Brass by Peter Schickele, better known in his parodic guise as P.D.Q Bach.
The Canadian Brass will conclude the festive concert with a holiday
sing-along, including "Silent Night," and "We Wish You a
The quintet will also conduct two workshops during their stay at the
UI. They will visit Wilton High School on Dec. 10 for a 1 p.m. workshop
And on Dec. 9 -- with the sponsorship of Yamaha instruments, IES Industries,
West Music Company, the UI School of Music and the UI Arts Share program
-- they will interact with students in more than 30 classrooms throughout
the state in a 12:30 p.m. workshop from the Hancher stage on the fiber-optic
Iowa Communication Network (ICN). The public is welcome to attend this
event in Hancher free of charge.
In nearly 30 years of performing and recording, the Canadian Brass --
Charles Daellenbach, tuba; Jens Lindemann, trumpet; David Ohanian, French
horn; Ronald Romm, trumpet; and Eugene Watts, trombone -- has defined the
contemporary brass quintet, while carving out its own unique niche in entertainment.
The Canadian Brass was one of the earliest and most successful "crossover"
ensembles, combining the highest standards in the performance of the classical
repertoire with arrangements of popular music from Dixieland to rock hits.
Their concert attire -- tuxes and tennis shores -- exemplified not only
their eclectic repertoire, but also the attitude of casual fun that they
bring to their concerts. The New York Times once dubbed them "the
Marx Brothers of brass," and their many recordings have been world-wide
Daellenbach says, "We have the entire Western art tradition to
explore. Our tastes are so broad, among the five of us, that almost no
music escapes our interests." Their versatility and adventurous attitude
has taken the Canadian Brass from Carnegie Hall to baseball's all-star
game, and they have shared stages with symphony orchestras, jazz masters
and country music stars.
The Washington Post's reviewer commented, "What this amazing group
of brass players achieves in a performance is absolutely unique . . . blending
virtuosity, musicality, comedy and wit. They inspired equal measures of
laughter and admiration." Writing in Ovation magazine, Jeanne Quill
praised the quintet for "peerless performances, spontaneous humor
and an inner spark that reaches out and creates a very special rapport."
Remaining tickets for the Canadian Brass are $29.50 and $26.50. UI students
and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 3 tickets
available to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 or younger
are half price.
Tickets are also available at a substantial discount as part of the
Family Series. The other event in the series is the Theatre Sans Fils production
of "The Hobbit," Feb. 14-15.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa,
dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is
toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services
should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office
personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair
access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is
equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
Audio description will be provided at the Dec. 10 performance.
Hancher's 1997-98 Family Series is supported by Country Bancorporation
and Kay J.A. Bernau, through the University of Iowa Foundation.