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Tower Brass offers Christmas Brassed Concert, Dec. 20

The Tower Brass Quintet, based in Bowling Green, will appear on the Chamber Music Toledo’s Artist Series on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at 3:00 pm., performing their traditional holiday concert—The Spirit of Christmas Brassed.  The concert will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Broadway Street in Maumee, Ohio.  For tickets and information, call the Toledo Symphony box office at 419-246-8000.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

Christmas Brassed offers a full spectrum of holiday music, including classical and sacred music, brass ensemble arrangements of well-known traditional Christmas carols, and jazz renditions of popular tunes of the season. This year’s program will offer the premier performance of arrangements by Toledo trumpeter and arranger Brad Sharp, including  I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Child is Born, and It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Sharp and the Tower Brass are fresh off of their successful collaboration on arrangements of several Stevie Wonder tunes, which were premiered in November at Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg, Ohio.

The Tower Brass Quintet has begun celebrating their 30th Season.  Although they have built a national reputation, the ensemble’s roots are local, having had its beginnings as a graduate brass group at Bowling Green State University in 1979.  

After graduating from BGSU and launching their career as a professional chamber music ensemble, the Tower Brass scored international success with a prize-winning performance at the International Brass Chamber Music Competition in Barcs, Hungary, in 1986. They have since gone on to give more than 500 performances in twenty-five states and have collaborated with several of the world's other premiere brass ensembles, including the London, Budapest, Annapolis, and American Brass Quintets.

Tower Brass concerts and recordings have been heard on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, the American Composer's Alliance Series, Voice of America, Hungarian State Radio and WNCN in New York. In October, they preformed live on WGTE’s Live from FM91! Program.  The Tower Brass Quintet has released eight recordings, including the holiday cd’s Snowed in ÖAgain, released last year, and the very popular Emma’s Christmas.

More information on the Tower Brass can be found at TowerBrassQuintet.com.

Members of the Tower Brass Quintet are Brian Bushong and Larry Herman, trumpets; Bernice Schwartz, horn; Dan Saygers, trombone; and David Saygers, tuba. The Tower Brass Quintet is represented by Parsons Artists Management of Highland Park, Illinois.





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