Canadian Brass

31.10.2014 (Fri)
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
$300, $220, $150
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'These are the men who put brass music on the map with their unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor.'  The Washington Post


Canadian Brass



Selections from Renaissance Brass


       Muy Linda


       Galliard Battaglia


       Canzona per Sonare No. 4


Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Movement 3

Bach (Arr. Frackenpohl)

Selections from Carnaval, Op. 9

Schumann (Arr. Coletti and Ridenour)



American Traditional Songs


       Amazing Grace

Arr. Henderson

       Looking Good Feeling Bad

Waller (Arr. Henderson)

       Handful of Keys

Waller (Arr. Henderson)

El Relicario

Padilla (Arr. Bagley)

Waltzes (from Brahms on Brass)

Brahms (Arr. Coletti and Ridenour)

Chinese Songs


       The Moon Represents My Heart

Weng Ching-hsi (Arr. Hudson)

       Purple Bamboo

Arr. Reed

       Jasmine Flower

Arr. Coletti

Killer Tango


Suite from Carmen

Bizet (Arr. Mills)


Running time of this performance is about 1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.  Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.


The presenter reserves the right to change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.


About the Performer


Caleb Hudson (Trumpet)

Christopher Coletti (Trumpet)

Bernhard Scully (Horn)

Achilles Liarmakopoulos (Trombone)

Chuck Daellenbach (Tuba)


The game-changing brass quintet Canadian Brass 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.  In addition to winning the German recording industry’s highest accolade, a Best Classical Album Echo Award in 2000 for Bach: Goldberg Variations; an Italian 'Red Rose' Video Award for Home Movies; three Grammy nominations plus a 2000 win for music they commissioned from Peter Schickele that was competing against another nominated Brass album, the Brass have scored a record-setting 15 Juno nominations. They are one of the Canadian government’s go-to ensembles for official state events and have criss-crossed the globe as the brightest ambassadors of the brass repertoire.  The first brass ensemble 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.

Canadian Brass is made up of five extraordinary talents: visionary founder, tuba legend and business specialist Chuck Daellenbach plus four of the next generation’s top brass stars: Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Bernhard Scully (horn).  Beyond their unbelievable technical skills and musicality, each player possesses the creativity, good humour and genuine love of performing that has become the hallmark of Canadian Brass.  Indeed, owing to the ensemble’s versatility and charismatic showmanship, there is no other brass quintet that comes even close to having the name recognition that Canadian Brass commands. Yet rather than resting on their (unquestionably impressive) laurels, the five formidable players are continually innovating to expand the brass repertoire, satisfy and challenge their loyal fan base, use new media to connect to audiences worldwide, and guide young players through the opportunities and challenges of today’s exciting professional music scene via extensive educational outreach.

The varied Canadian Brass repertoire features brass standards as well as a wide-ranging library of original arrangements created especially for them and by them.  These include the works of Renaissance and Baroque masters, classical pieces, contemporary compositions, marches, holiday favourites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway tunes 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 600 works, including critically acclaimed compositions from Michael Kamen, William Bolcom, Gary Kulesha, Lukas Foss, Peter Schickele, Sonny Kompanek and more.  They have transformed a previously neglected group of instruments with a limited repertoire into a versatile and vital ensemble that can play everything from Gabrieli to Gershwin.  They played a critical role in establishing Scott Joplin with today’s audiences through their research, arrangements and recordings of his 'rags' and other works.  And for many people, it wouldn’t be Christmas without one of the Canadian Brass’ famous Holiday Concerts.

Their contributions to modern performance style are immeasurable. Fine performances are woven together with insightful asides about the programme and light-hearted banter with the audience.  Entertaining without ever pandering, the Brass exudes warmth, wit and joy, making every audience member a part of their family. Coming from the cool, hushed classical world, the Brass’ approach has been nothing less than revolutionary.

Canadian Brass’ storied past features a number of breakthroughs and their penchant for anticipating major cultural shifts continues to propel the group onward and upward.  Being the first brass ensemble ever to play the main stage at Carnegie Hall, the Brass attracted a lot of attention when they opted to head to the hot downtown club Le Poisson Rouge during their last visit to New York City.  And when the majors were struggling to keep up with the digital revolution, Canadian Brass took things into their own hands, transforming indie record company Opening Day Entertainment Group into the ensemble’s primary label with enormous success. Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute to America spent eight weeks in the Top 25 on the Billboard Classical Chart in 2010.  Owing to their achievements with self-production and a recent enthusiasm for exploring classical repertoire of illustrious classical composers Brahms and Schumann, the Brass' Opening Day label has recently partnered with the prestigious Steinway & Sons label.

Canadian Brass has developed a strong relationship with SiriusXM, solidifying a radio fan base and even using satellite radio to announce the arrival of newest member, trumpeter Caleb Hudson, on a specially recorded program for SiriusXM Pops. Exclusive artists for Conn-Selmer Musical Instruments, the five play on state-of-the-art 24K gold-plated Artisan Bach and Conn horns, hand crafted in the USA.  This partnership has also become the cornerstone of the Brass’ extensive educational outreach.  In addition to their work as official Conn-Selmer clinicians, Canadian Brass is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Toronto, where they have been developing a brand new patented course called Shape Your Own Musical Destiny.  Aimed at helping young musicians navigate the brave new world of the self-creating musical professional, it is a perfect complement to their performance workshops offered under the banner of Effortless Performance.  In addition, you’ll find each of the Brass members leading master classes and workshops across the globe in conjunction with the group’s packed touring schedule. Many young musicians’ have also benefited from the Brass’ numerous educational DVDs and videos on their YouTube channel.  Having prospered through the volatile changes that have overtaken the musical world since the ensemble’s founding in 1970, Canadian Brass’ groundbreaking approach to education has influenced many conservatories to re-evaluate how they are training the future generations of classical musicians.

Canadian Brass records exclusively for Opening Day Entertainment in partnership with ArkivMusic and the Steinway & Sons Label.



Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall31.10.2014 (Fri)
$300, $220, $150
Buy Tickets

Tickets available from 8 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by mobile ticketing app and credit card telephone booking.


Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).


‘Music Delight Series’ Package Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets for ‘The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’, ‘Canadian Brass’ and ‘Igudesman and Joo: And Now Mozart’: 10% off for any 2 programmes; 15% off for all 3 programmes.


Group Booking Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets: 10% off for 4-9 tickets; 15% off for 10-19 tickets; 20% off for 20 or more tickets.


Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.



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