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.