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Canadian Brass returns to Miller Auditorium

Feb. 11, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A favorite among Kalamazoo audiences, Canadian Brass returns to Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium for the first time in seven years with a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

The concert features Bernhard Scully on horn, Gene Watts on trombone, and Chuck Daellenbach on tuba, along with two of the group's seven trumpeters. Dubbed the "Dream Team," the trumpet section of Canadian Brass consists of Joe Burgstaller, a permanent fixture, as well as six other musicians who share the quintet's fifth and final position--Ronald Romm, Manon Lafrance, Brandon Ridenour, Ryan Anthony, Jeroen Berwaerts and Stuart Laughton.

A Kalamazoo native, Ridenour performs as the quintet's second trumpeter in the Feb. 23 concert. He joined the ranks of the Canadian Brass "Dream Team" in August 2006. Now in his fourth year at the Juilliard School of Music, Ridenour has already been recognized as a fine soloist, winning the 2006 International Trumpet Guild Conference solo competition. His flexibility in performing styles makes him an ideal choice to join Canadian Brass on stage.

Canadian Brass has a pioneer status and wide repertoire that has fostered a unique character and rapport with audiences around the globe. With more than 60 records to date including works by Purcell, Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Pachelbel, Beethoven and Wagner, the group upholds a wide classical repertoire while leaping into jazz and contemporary concert and pop music. Canadian Brass continues to release award-winning albums while maintaining a rigorous performance schedule and attracting millions of viewers on such shows as the "Tonight Show," "Today" and "Entertainment Tonight."

Tickets for Canadian Brass at Miller Auditorium are on sale now and range from $15 to $40. They are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.

Media contact: Tracey Lawie (269) 387-2309, tracey.lawie@wmich.edu

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