A holiday gift: polished Canadian Brass

For 28 years, audiences around the globe have been enthralled, entertained and even left in stitches by The Canadian Brass. The five-man ensemble - Christopher Cooper (top left) on French horn, Jens Lindemann (top right) on trumpet, Ronald Romm (center) on trumpet, Charles Dallenbach (bottom left) on tuba and Eugene Watts (bottom right) on trombone - have gained an international following, thanks to their blending of crisp, balanced performance with wit and comedy.

No respecters of formality - they perform in black T-shirts, white jackets and sneakers - The Canadian Brass also refuse to be boxed in by the traditional musical divisions, as the repertoire on the schedule for their holiday concert at the University of Pennsylvania Museum should make clear. The program includes Bach, Bizet and the Beatles, as well as a selection of Christmas songs and a rousing holiday sing-along.

This special concert will be The Canadian Brass' only Philadelphia appearance this season.

- S.S.

  • THE CANADIAN BRASS: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 in Harrison Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce streets. Tickets $27.50, Third Thursday passport holders/seniors/Penn alumni $25, Penn faculty/staff $20, students $15. Tickets/info: Annenberg Center box office, 898-3900.

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Originally published on December 3, 1998