March 24, 1987 |
The concert demeanor of the Canadian Brass is living proof that musical slapstick did not perish with the late Spike Jones. In what other chamber ensemble will you see a middle-aged trombone player pirouetting in a tutu to transcribed Tchaikovsky, or hear a tubist essay the "Flight of the Bumblebee" in 35 seconds? And what other ensemble lists Peter Schickele--the demi-genius behind P.D.Q. Bach--as its favorite contemporary composer? Of course, this brass quintet is not mere tomfoolery.
August 31, 1990 |
Few people go to Harlem Globetrotters games expecting to see a real basketball contest. Similarly, few go to hear the Canadian Brass for the music; it's there simply to provide material for sight and sound gags, or for showing off the players' considerable virtuosity. Which is not to say that the show Wednesday night at Hollywood Bowl wasn't funny. That would be humbug.
May 7, 1988 |
The Canadian Brass, which put the neglected brass quintet on the hit-parade circuit, straddled the pops and classical worlds less successfully than usual Thursday in Pasadena Civic Auditorium. In classical selections, Frederic Mills and Ronald Romm, trumpets; David Ohanian, horn; Eugene Watts, trombone, and Charles Daellenbach, tuba, were dutiful, uninspired and technically not all that secure.
December 4, 1990 |
The Canadian Brass is traveling proof that classical music can lure the masses. The five-piece ensemble, which plays the Civic Theatre in downtown San Diego at 8 p.m. Wednesday, has struck gold with its mix of classical, New Orleans jazz and pop songs. From the sale of its nearly 30 albums, 100 or more annual concert appearances and other sources, the group grosses more than $2 million a year.
April 6, 1993 |
The Canadian Brass routine can seem pretty tired these days, at least to someone who has seen and heard it a few times. But the group apparently could do no wrong for the audience at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Friday. Actually, the worst thing about the Canadian Brass may be its influence. Many such groups now feel called upon to include musical-joke arrangements and vaudeville shtick in their acts. The trouble is, none of them do it nearly so well as the Canadian Brass.