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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 Merry Christmas."

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 with students.

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 best-sellers.

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.