Detroit, (December 3, 2012) – It’s a blast of holiday brass! Enjoy favorite carols, holiday hits, and more, all with the verve and virtuosity of The Canadian Brass, paired with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). A Canadian Brass Christmas with the DSO will feature holiday favorites like “Winter Wonderland” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” as well as brass classics like Suite from Porgy and Bess. The performance takes place on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall. This DSO Presents performance is sponsored by Greektown Casino Hotel and St. John Providence Health System.

About Canadian Brass
With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.”

Friends Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts first came together in 1970 to form a brass quintet. Initially, Gene took on the role of developing new repertoire while Chuck was the moving force in marketing, publishing and managing the group. Three empty chairs were quickly filled and together, the group’s imagination and consummate musicianship elevated the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. Here was not only an opportunity to explore the possibilities of an all-brass chamber group but a challenge to bring the sound and the excitement of brass music to new audiences.

The varied Canadian Brass repertoire features brass standards as well as a wide-ranging library of original arrangements created especially for them. These include the works of Renaissance and Baroque masters, classical works, marches, holiday favorites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway and Christian music, as well as popular songs and standards. Having started with a very limited base, Canadian Brass has created their own musical world by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 200 works including critically acclaimed compositions from Michael Kamen, Luther Henderson, Bramwell Tovey, Don Gillis and more.

Canadian Brass is especially noted for their famous Holiday Concerts and was at the forefront of re-establishing American composer and pianist Scott Joplin with today’s audiences through their research, arrangements and recordings of his “rags” and other works.

With a discography of over 100 albums and an extensive world-wide touring schedule, the Canadian Brass play to packed houses everywhere throughout the USA, Canada, Japan and Europe. They were the first brass ensemble from the West to perform in the People’s Republic of China (where they returned for a five-city tour to great acclaim in the spring of 2010) as well as the first brass group to take the stage at the venerable Carnegie Hall.

Education plays a key role in the story of Canadian Brass and each member is uniquely attuned to training the next generation of players. Canadian Brass is currently Artist in Residence at the University of Toronto after having been Chamber Quintet-in-Residence for many years at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif., and has created an innovative brass summer course at the Eastman School of Music.


Tickets to A Canadian Brass Christmas with the DSO at Orchestra Hall range from $29-$62 and $94 for box seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or


Canadian Brass
Andrew Sewell, conductor
Chris Coletti, trumpet
Brandon Ridenour, trumpet
Eric Reed, horn
Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trombone
Charles Daellenbach, tuba

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Polonaise from Christmas Eve
GERSHWIN Strike Up the Band
arr. BAGLEY Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
arr. BAGLEY Gesu Bambino
arr. BAGLEY Christmas Medley
GERSHWIN Suite from Porgy and Bess
BERNARD Winter Wonderland
WRIGHT Shaker Suite (Simple Gifts)
GUARALDI Christmas Time is Here
BIZET Suite from Carmen
arr. HENDERSON “Saints’ Hallelujah”


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