Brass & complement

Warren Concert Association hosts Dallas Brass Saturday at Struthers Library Theatre

Dallas Brass, a seven-member brass ensemble, will be in concert at the Library Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.

The group drew a large crowd during an appearance at the theatre nearly a decade ago. Michael Levine, a trombonist and the founder of the group in 1983, looks forward to this return engagement to Warren and the historic Struthers Library Theatre.

Since founding Dallas Brass, not surprisingly in Dallas, Texas, nearly 35 years ago, Levine has continued to direct Dallas Brass, one of America’s foremost musical ensembles.

The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges.

The Dallas Brass repertoire includes classic masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood, patriotic, and holiday music.

Not always performing as a group of just seven, Dallas Brass has appeared with symphony orchestras nationwide. Their symphonic credits include the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel, New York Pops conducted by Skitch Henderson, and the Philly Pops conducted by Peter Nero. They’ve performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center, and have toured across Europe and in the Far East.

The DB musicians have shared the stage with the late Bob Hope, performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, have appeared on the CBS Early Show, and their music has been used numerous times on the soap opera, “The Young and The Restless.”

“A Dallas Brass concert is intended for the entire family, from 5 to 105, as music has the potential to connect generations in a magical way,” said levine. “We are pleased to present excellence in musicianship in a fun and entertaining manner.”

Saturday’s performance will be filled with music they’ve performed not only with symphonies, but also at rock, pop, and jazz festivals around the country and around the world. As individuals, they often work as artists-in-residence at universities and secondary schools around the country. Because students 18 and under are admitted free with a ticket-holding adult, be sure to bring along a budding musician friend as your guest for an entertaining and educational musical evening.

To honor the holiday spirit of giving, everyone attending the concert will receive a free chance to win one of a number of door prizes.

Saturday’s concert is the third of the five-concert season offered by the Warren Concert Association.

Individual tickets are available at VirgAnn’s and the business office of the Library Theatre.

On Saturday evening, the box office at the theatre will open at 6 p.m. for ticket sales prior to the 7.30 p.m. concert.

For more information, call (814) 723-6505 or email warrenconcertassociation@gmail.com.

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