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This preview has been provided by the Triangle Brass Band.
The Raleigh area is rife with musical groups, and musicians from many walks of life. Some are professional and many are purely avocational. Each community in the greater Triangle has its own 1) community orchestra, 2) community band, 3) community choir and some form of chamber ensemble, as well as many "specialty" variants on each of these performing groups (Gospel choirs, Folk Music bands, Flute choirs, Pride bands, Handbell choirs, Jazz ensembles, Clarinet choirs, Shout bands, and many more). And that doesn't even touch the realm of other performing arts – opera, ballet, dramatic arts, ethnic dance and so forth – in our area.
With so many musicians and music groups presenting their art, tailored to a Holiday theme, in the month of December, the question is not just a matter of "if" you, as a consumer of the area's fine arts, can attend a performance, as a matter of "how many" and "which." If you are involved in a performing group yourself, your time is even further divided between "the performances I'm in" and "the ones I'd like to attend." If you are a brass player, the Triangle Brass Band has the perfect "package deal" for you – you can participate in Brassmas, in the afternoon and early evening of Thursday, December 21st, and then hear the Triangle Brass in concert that evening!
Brassmas is a participatory brass event for players of any of the following instruments: Trumpet or Cornet, French horn, Trombone, Baritone or Euphonium and Tuba. The holiday-themed music is easily sight-readable and the event is open to players of all ages. Participants enjoy the following activities:
To learn more about Brassmas, and to register for it, please visit page http://trianglebrass.org/brassmas/
However, if you not a brass player, there is much to enjoy, both hearing the Brassmas group perform, and attending the "Russian Christmas" concert, at 7:00 that evening. The Triangle Brass presents many holiday favorites, including "Carol of the Bells," "It's Beginning to Look (a Lot) Like Christmas," by Meredith Willson, "All I Want for Christmas is You," made famous by Mariah Carey, and an arrangement of songs from the movie "Frozen." The emotional highlight of the program will be Alfred Reed's epic "Russian Christmas." In a season with plentiful options for Holiday entertainment, this is one concert you'll want to be sure to attend!
Concert tickets are available on-line through Brown Paper Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3169145 or at the door ($10 adult, $5 senior/student plus tax and processing fees). Cash, check and charge are accepted.
For concert information visit the group's web page at www.trianglebrass.org/concerts/