Oh, those wild and wacky Canadian Brassters! Wednesday night at Ambassador Auditorium was business as usual for the Fulsome Five: If you want serious, sit-down chamber music, look elsewhere (please!). But if you want an evening of knucklehead humor occasionally laced with spellbinding brass playing, look no further.
There's at least one grumpy reviewer, though, who wished that the Canadian Brass had lingered a shade longer on the few substantial pieces in their peripatetic repertory--in the pursuit of the "serious" musicianship they are rumored to espouse.
The program was the quintet's usual mishmash of Dixieland, Gabrieli, transcriptions of orchestral works and sophomoric musicological tomfooleries, delivered with all the brio and good cheer the five players--Frederic Mills and Ronald Romm, trumpets; Martin Hackleman, horn; Eugene Watts, trombone and euphonium; and Charles Daellenbach, tuba--could muster.
In between the pratfalls, however, the Canadian Brass remains a highly musical outfit--no matter how briefly one is able to witness such skills for all the silliness.