Thursday, July 11, 2013

Classical V: Brass July 26-28, 2013 at Harbourfront Toronto

From a media release:

Classical V: Brass
July 26-28, 2013
at Harbourfront Toronto

• Check out the full line-up here

A global twist on classical brass music – from French horns and trumpet voluntaries to Indian wedding bands, brass bands and boat blasts!

Some of the Highlights

· Flute Allsorts with Alison Melville

Saturday, July 27 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Alison Melville, long recognized as one of North America’s leading performers on recorder and historical flutes (including the Norwegian seljefløyte), offers a selection of musical repertoire from the 12th to 21st centuries, composed, arranged and improvised on 'all sorts' of flutes.

· Genghis Barbie
Saturday, July 27 from 8 -9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Genghis Barbie, the leading post-feminist all-female horn experience, is the most innovative and energizing chamber ensemble of its generation and beyond. Performing arrangements of pop music from the 70s to Lady Gaga, they are the most versatile and expansive group on NYC’s classical/pop/rock/jazz/indie/alternative/punk/electro-acoustic scene.

· Hannaford Street Silver Band

Sunday, July 28 from 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Celebrating their 30th Anniversary at Harbourfront Centre, The Hannaford Street Silver Band (HSSB) is Toronto’s award-winning professional brass band and Resident Company of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. In 1983, The Hannaford Street Silver Band was formed by a group of professional musicians with a love of the brass band repertoire and ensemble playing. Since then, the HSSB has been reinvigorating the brass band tradition, with classic and contemporary compositions, to critical and popular acclaim.

Sunday, July 28 from 5:55 – 6 p.m. – WestJet Stage and Lake Ontario
Big Boat Blast is a massed fanfare led Hannaford Street Silver Band and the Toronto Fire Services ship (the Sir William Mackenzie). Together, they will signal all on-site brass players and multifarious boats in the marina to sound their horns– creating the Big Boat Blast! So bring your trumpet to town, or make one on site and join the Big Blast.


Friday, July 26 from 9:30-11 p.m. – WestJet Stage and Saturday, July 27 at noon – Site March
This spectacular showcase of North Indian gypsy heritage hails from Indian state of Rajasthan. It features seven musicians playing virtuoso solos and dazzling improvisations on the trumpets, trombones, clarinets, bass drums, snare drums and cymbals of a traditional brass band, transformed with North Indian classical music, Bollywood tunes and traditional melodies.

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