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Friday: Dallas Brass Concert at Simsbury High

On Friday, April 25th at 7pm, the internationally acclaimed Dallas Brass will be performing at the Simsbury High School auditorium. The Dallas Brass is dedicated to working with young musicians, and inviting students to join them in concert for a selection has become a Dallas Brass trademark. High school, middle school, and elementary students from Simsbury will have the honor of performing with the Dallas Brass on this exciting concert.

Founded in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles.  The Dallas Brass concert, American Musical Journey, incorporates a full complement of brass and percussion for a musical travelogue through American history.  From the time of George Washington to the present day - music will be selected from the masters - Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, Berlin, John Williams, Sousa; and styles from Dixieland, swing, folk, patriotic, and pop.

According to Mr. Levine, “a Dallas Brass concert is intended for the entire family. Our goal is to entertain and enrich by playing great music.”  The ensemble includes:  Michael Levine (director, trombone), D.J. Barraclough (trumpet), Luis Miguel Araya (trumpet), Juan Berrios (french horn, alto horn), Paul Carlson (tuba) and Ben Handel (drums/percussion).

In addition to their solo engagements, the Dallas Brass appears with symphony orchestras nationwide.  Symphonic credits include the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel, New York Pops conducted by Skitch Henderson, and the Philly Pops conducted by Peter Nero.  The Dallas Brass has performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has toured overseas to Europe and the Far East.  They have shared the stage with the late Bob Hope, have performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, have appeared on the CBS “Early Show,” and their music has been used numerous times on the television show, “The Young & The Restless.”  The ensemble has released six recordings:  Debut, Dallas Brass II, A Merry Christmas with Brass, Windborne, Nutcracker and American Musical Journey.  

The Dallas Brass has strong dedication to working with young musicians. They have published two books of original small ensemble music for middle school and high students on up, called Brass Groove and frequently go into schools to present clinics for band students. Inviting students to join them in concert for a selection has become a Dallas Brass trademark.

Ticket information is available at www.simsbury.k12.ct.us or through a band member.  We hope you will join us for a special evening!

 


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