Canadian Brass Christmas Comes to Center for the Arts

Posted: November 21, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Canadian Brass lights up holiday spirits each December with its signature blend of virtuosity and showmanship performing classics, pop, spirituals, jazz and more. Their performance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m. is no exception as they leap onto the stage, their instruments gleaming, ready for both mischief and music.

In an evening of familiar holiday favorites and new arrangements of traditional hymns, Hanukkah songs, their signature send-up of the “Habañera” from “Carmen” and other familiar popular and classical tunes, the Canadian Brass never fails to bring audiences to their feet.

Canadian Brass
Canadian Brass

The ensemble is known for seamlessly moving through masterful arrangements of composers like Handel, Gabrieli, Mozart and Vivaldi, and then picking up the pace with jazzy arrangements of traditional carols, segueing into a pleasantly brisk rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and a crowd-pleasing “Little Drummer Boy.”

The group’s well-known sense of humor is wildly evident in the comical delivery of both “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” (complete with an end-of-the-song meltdown).

Springing from modest Toronto roots in 1970, the Brass has since won a devoted international following and a reputation as Canada’s ambassadors to the world. In addition to presenting classical works, the quintet continues to take daring leaps into jazz, contemporary concert music and popular songs—their music becoming the inspiration and musical staple of students and ensembles worldwide.

Millions of television viewers have seen the Brass on “The Tonight Show,” “Today” and “Entertainment Tonight.” The Grammy-nominated quintet has also appeared as guest artists on “Evening at Pops” with John Williams and the Boston Pops, Beverly Sills’ “Music around the World” and numerous other PBS specials.

An artistic discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets for are $50, $42 and $25; tickets for children under 12 are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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