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Music: Canadian Brass performs mix of classical pieces, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz and big band at Mount Baker Theatre

The game-changing Canadian Brass quintet has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold two million of their approximately 100 albums worldwide, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire.

The quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

In addition to winning the German recording industry’s highest accolade, a Best Classical Album Echo Award in 2000 for Bach: Goldberg Variations ; three Grammy nominations, plus a 2000 win; the Brass have scored a record-setting 15 Juno nominations.

The first brass troupe to tour China and the first to play the main stage at Carnegie Hall, they are almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. Beyond their unbelievable technical skills and musicality, each player possesses creativity, good humor, and a genuine love of performing.

The group’s repertoire features brass standards as well as a wide-ranging library of original arrangements created especially by and for them. The eclectic mix includes classical pieces, contemporary compositions, marches, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Christian music and Broadway tunes, as well as popular songs and standards.

The ensemble presents a lecture-demonstration at 10 a.m. Wednesday, aimed at Whatcom County students and offering a fast-paced tour of the performers’ music and musical lives. The musicians begin the show by describing the various genres that comprise their repertoire, sometimes using musical examples to illustrate a point. They move through Renaissance, romantic, contemporary classic – usually a piece written for them by a well-known composer – classical, jazz, and pop in the space of several minutes to show how much music has evolved.

Canadian Brass intersperses their musical demonstrations with anecdotes from life on the road – how they work and create their unique sound – in addition to performance, practice and rehearsal technique. The session ends with a show-stopping finale to reinforce the idea that playing, above all, should be fun.

Concert tickets are $20 to $45. Tickets for the morning lecture are $6. Reserve tickets at 360-734-6080 or mountbakertheatre.com.

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