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Canadian Brass

With their “unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity, and humor,” Canadian Brass possesses a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences (Washington Post). Renowned for musical excellence, genre-bending versatility, and joyous performances for almost 50 years, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.”

Canadian Brass is made up of five extraordinary talents: founding member Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone), and Jeff Nelsen (horn). Beyond their unparalleled musicality, each player possesses the creativity, good humor, and love of performing that comprise the ensemble’s hallmark. The ensemble has strong Champaign-Urbana connections: U of I School of Music professors Ronald Romm and Bernhard Scully are alumni of the ensemble.

Education plays a key role in the story of Canadian Brass, and each member is uniquely attuned to communicating with younger generations. During its Krannert Center stay, Canadian Brass will present a schoolday performance for area students through the Krannert Center Youth Series. On April 10, Canadian Brass and the University of Illinois Wind Symphony perform the world premiere of Quintessence, a work written for the two ensembles by composer Dana Wilson.

Endowed Sponsors

  • Helen & James Farmer
  • Carole & Jerry Ringer

Endowed Co-sponsors

  • The Susan Sargeant McDonald Endowed Fund for Youth Programming (Suzi was the founder/developer of the Krannert Center Youth Series)
  • Allan & Pat Tuchman

Patron Underwriters

  • Cecile & Ira Lebenson

Patron Sponsor

  • Anonymous

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Carol Berthold
  • Susan & Michael Haney
  • Peggy & Christopher Huson
  • Jacquetta Hill & David Plath
  • Mary Schuler & Stephen Sligar
  • Marlys & Harry Stern in loving memory of Harry
  • Susan & Robert Welke
  • Yvette & Herbert Whiteley

Corporate and Community Bronze Sponsor

  • Sharon Harkness, Inc., at Keller Williams Realty

With deep gratitude, Krannert Center thanks all Patron Sponsors and Corporate and Community Sponsors.

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Event Details

Foellinger Great Hall
Su Apr 07, 2019 - 3:00pm
Pick Five+: 31 / SC 26 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Single: 33 / SC 28 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Choral Balcony: 15 / UI & YTH 10 Classical Mix Series (5 events): 167 / SC 142 / STU 75 / UI & YTH 50

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