Canadian Brass Holiday Concert on Nov. 30 to promote cancer research

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Members of Canadian Brass, from left to right, include Caleb Hudson (trumpet), Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone), Brandon Ridenour (trumpet) and Jeff Nelsen (horn). [Courtesy of Canadian Brass]

The Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society, part of Augusta University’s Department of Music, is launching its annual concert series with the Canadian Brass Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Maxwell Theatre.

This event is part of the Augusta University Lyceum Series, which presents national and international music, dance and theatre companies to the university community.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the first live music event that the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society and the Lyceum Series have hosted in nearly two years.

With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.”  With a discography of over 130 albums and an extensive world-wide touring schedule, Canadian Brass is a pioneer in bringing brass music to mass audiences everywhere.

Wycliffe Gordon, director of jazz studies at Augusta University, will join Canadian Brass as a special guest at the event. He is a 13-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Trombonist of the Year” award and a six-time winner of DownBeat’s “Best Trombone” award, having recently won again in 2020.

“We are so lucky to have these phenomenal performers playing on our stage,” said Dr. Christine Crookall, associate dean of Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and artistic director of the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society.

“What better way to also honor the memory of our founder, Maestro Harry Jacobs who, among many other things, was a horn player in some of the best-known symphony orchestras.”

The event will also promote the work of the Georgia Cancer Center, the official cancer center for the state of Georgia, in honor of a late group member. Ryan Anthony, world-renowned trumpeter and member of Canadian Brass, passed away at age 51 after an eight-year battle with cancer.

The Georgia Cancer Center’s mission is to reduce the burden of cancer in the state of Georgia and across the globe through superior care, innovation and education. The center aims to be a global leader in cancer clinical care, discovery, innovation, translational research, professional education and public awareness.

Purchase tickets for the holiday concert online. Rates are as follows:

  • General public: $40
  • AU alumni: $32
  • Seniors (60+): $32
  • Military: $32
  • AU/EGSC-Augusta faculty and staff: $20
  • Children and students: $5
  • AU/EGSC-Augusta students: Free with valid JagCard
  • AU/EGSC-Augusta student guest: $20 (one guest allowed per student ticket holder)

Learn about more upcoming events in the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society concert series.

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