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LexPhil presents the world premiere of “No Borders: Concerto for Canadian Brass and Orchestra”

Canadian Brass (Photo from Canadian Brass)

The Lexington Philharmonic presents world-renowned “Kings of Brass” Canadian Brass and Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence Chris Brubeck for the world premiere of Brubeck’s No Borders: Concerto for Canadian Brass and Orchestra at CB Squared!, Saturday, November 11th at 7:30 pm at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

The evening opens with Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville, one of the most recognized works in the classical opera repertoire, popularized by its appearances in films, commercials, and the famous Bugs Bunny cartoon. Stravinsky’s spirited Pulcinella: Suite and Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps: Overture follow, culminating in the much-anticipated world premiere of Grammy-nominated composer Chris Brubeck’s new concerto for Canadian Brass, No Borders.

In addition to premiering No Borders, Canadian Brass will participate in a 3-day residency of education and outreach activites for the Lexington comunity, made possible by UK HealthCare. From a micro-concert at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital to performing for over 2,000 central Kentucky students at LexPhil’s annual Music Builds Discovery! concerts on Friday, November 10th, Canadian Brass’ time in Lexington will resonate well beyond the halls of the Singletary Center.

“This partnership, between LexPhil, UK HealthCare, and the Saykaly Garbulinksa Foundation, to bring the world-renowned Canadian Brass to Lexington for the WORLD premiere of a work written for them by Chris Brubeck is perhaps the most exciting collaboration we’ve ever faciliated,” says LexPhil Music Director and Conductor, Scott Terrell. “To witness these two creative and artistic forces combine will be an unforgettable experience for our audience and musicians. I can’t think of a better project to welcome Chris Brubeck and Canadian Brass trumpeter Caleb Hudson, a Lexington native, both back to Bluegrass.”

Chris Brubeck with Canadian Brass (Photo from LexPhil)

Chris Brubeck last appeared with LexPhil with his jazz group, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, for a special performance at LexPhil’s New Year’s Eve concert in 2015. “Shortly after, Maestro Terrell asked me if I would like to write a concerto for the Canadian Brass and premiere it with the Lexington Philharmonic,” says Chris Brubeck. “The answer was a resounding, ‘yes!’ As a trombonist myself, I am honored to write for some of the most accomplished brass players in the world.”

As part of his writing process, Brubeck visited Canadian Brass during a cycle of concerts and workshops last December, at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Michigan State University, an experience which informed the spirit and shape of the new concerto. “There is an openness to their collective performance styles that invites audiences into their music. The new work, No Borders, deftly navigates all kinds of musical genres, and promotes the idea that there are no musical borders – music is the universal language and transcends. The living proof of this idea, of course, is that Canadian Brass is beloved all over the world,” says Chris Brubeck.

Brubeck fans are in for an additional treat later this season. In addition to Chris’ concerto premiere at CB Squared!, the Lexington Philharmonic will perform Dave and Chris Brubeck’s Ansel Adams: America in American Snapshots on Friday, April 6th at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The multimedia work, composed by Chris and his late father, legendary Dave Brubeck, features over 100 projected images of or by Ansel Adams.

Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million of its approximately 130 albums worldwide, and contributed over 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Brass ensemble is 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 top brass stars—Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Bernhard Scully (horn). In addition to a non-stop touring and recording schedule, Canadian Brass is continually innovating to expand the brass repertoire, satisfy and challenge a loyal fan base, and use new media to connect to audiences worldwide. They provide extensive educational outreach under the banners “Effortless Performance” and “Shape Your Musical Destiny,” the latter which helps emerging musicians navigate the brave new world of self-production and promotion. 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. Canadian Brass records exclusively for Opening Day Entertainment.

CB Squared! and the numerous outreach and educational activities of guest artists, Canadian Brass, are made possible through the generous support from UK HealthCare. The Saykaly Garbulinska Foundation, funder of the biennial Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in- Residence Program, brings renowned composer Chris Brubeck to Lexington and supports the commission of the new work, No Borders: Concerto for Canadian Brass and Orchestra. The 2017/18 Season Series is presented by Central Bank, and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

All LexPhil Season Series concerts start at 7:30 PM at the Singletary Center for the Arts, unless otherwise noted. For the 2017/2018 season, concert nights alternate between Friday and Saturday, depending on the concert. LexPhil’s New Year’s Eve concert, Jazz Night: New Year’s Eve 2017, will be at the Lexington Opera House.

Prior to each Season Series concert, guests have the opportunity to participate in an insightful discussion of the night’s events with Maestro Terrell during LexPhil’s Inside the Score. Each Inside the Score starts at 6:45 PM and is held in the President’s Room for concerts at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Tempur Sealy International, Inc. is the sponsor for Inside the Score.

Valet parking is available for $10 per car at the Rose Street entrance to the Singletary Center. Capacity for valet parking has been increased. Free parking is available in any E Parking Lot on the UK campus unless otherwise noted, as well as Parking Structure 5 located at 409 S. Limestone, with entrances on S. Limestone and S. Upper Street. A shuttle will run from Parking Structure 5 before concerts beginning at 6:30 PM and after concerts until 9:30 PM to return patrons to the parking garage. In consideration of continued construction on the University of Kentucky campus, please allow for extra time to locate parking.

Tickets to CB Squared! range from $35-85, with $11 student tickets available the day before the concert and just before curtain, as available. Pick Four subscription packages are still available for the 2017 – 2018 Season, and single tickets are also on sale for all concerts. For ticket information or purchasing, call 859.233.4226 or visit lexphil.org.

LexPhil Season Series: CB Squared!

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Singletary Center for the Arts

The Barber of Seville: Overture

Pulcinella: Suite

Vaughn Williams
The Wasps: Overture

Chris Brubeck, Composer-in-Residence
WORLD PREMIERE: No Borders: Concerto for Canadian Brass and Orchestra Canadian Brass:
Caleb Hudson, trumpet
Chris Colletti, trumpet
Bernhard Scully, horn
Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trumpet Chuck Daellenbach, tuba

Canadian Brass and Chris Brubeck, Residency Schedules:

Brass Masterclass with Canadian Brass (private event)
Thursday, November 9th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 p.m.

Recital Hall at the Singletary Center for the Arts at 
the University of Kentucky

Open to local and regional brass studios.
Must contact LexPhil to participate, by emailing manager@lexpgil.org.

Canadian Brass Micro Concert at UK HealthCare
Thursday, November 9th, Time TBD

The Atrium at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital

Music Builds Discovery! Concerts (private events)
Friday, November 10th, 10:00 & 11:00 a.m.

Singletary Center for the Arts

Student and Donor Open Rehearsal (private event)
Friday, November 10th, 7:30 p.m. Singletary Center for the Arts

Inside the Score, Pre-Concert talk with Composer-in-Residence, Chris Brubeck
Saturday, November 11th, 2017, 6:45 p.m.
President’s Room, Singletary Center for the Arts

LexPhil Season Series: CB Squared!
Saturday, November 11th, 2017, 7:30 PM
Singletary Center for the Arts

Tickets: $35 – $75

From Lexington Philharmonic

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