Canadian Brass Plays Christmas Music in The Greene Space

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Friday, December 13, 2013

The Canadian Brass perform Christmas music live in The Greene Space (Stephanie Black)

The Canadian Brass recently made an exclusive New York appearance in The Greene Space for a festive and nostalgic program of holiday music. The event was video webcast on

Tune in for an hour-long radio special derived from the event.

→ Watch the Archived Video Webcast

Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, the program features arrangements of music by Vince Guaraldi and Luther Henderson as well as traditional favorites from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and more – timeless classics infused with jazz and lush harmonies.

Program details:
Anthony Holburne: "Muy Linda"
Michael Pretorius: "Lo How a Rose ‘Er Blooming"
Samuel Scheit: "Galliard Battaglia"
J.S. Bach: Fugue in G Minor
Traditional (arr. Vince Guaraldi): "O Tannenbaum"
Traditional: "What Child is This?"
Vince Guaraldi: "Christmas Time is Here"
Mendelssohn: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
Christopher Dedrick: "The Angel Choir and the Trumpeter"
Mel Torme and Robert Wells: "The Christmas Song"
J.S. Bach (arr. Chris Colett): Bach’s Bells
Traditional: "I Saw Three Ships"
Johnny Marks: "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"
Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson: "Frosty the Snowman"
Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel and Albert Hague: "You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"

The selections on this program are featured on the quintet's latest album, "Christmas Time is Here." Watch the archived webcast below.



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Comments [3]

Polly from New York City

I agree with Peter Blume above. What, especially, happened to Guaraldi's "Christmastime Is Here"? Not so much the arrangement, which is true enough to the composer, but the boozy performance style -- more like "See what the boys in the back room'll have." Bit disappointing -- I have always loved this group.
Central section of traditional material was better -- very warm and rich in the blend, longer phrasing, more carry. Best to them as they keep redefining the art and what they bring to it.

Dec. 24 2014 04:27 PM
Peter J Blume from Westchester, NY

Thanks WQXR & Jeff Spurgeon for bringing this!

Watched it via live webcast & it was fun to see the Canadian Brass spirit still at it. To be honest though, it felt a bit stiff in the beginning (both musically & personality-wise), but got better as they relaxed & warmed up. I commend Chuck Daellenbach for taking on these much younger players--instead of finding more seasoned & already bigger-named replacements, as the original members retired/died off. While it was definitely not as confident as the old "Ronald Romm's Canadian Brass", it had its moments, the new arrangements were interesting, & there is no doubt that these guys all have the necessary skills as well! And I think it is going to be a work-in-progress--with many good things to come again from the tradition of this fine group in the future.

Thanks Canadian Brass for a great night of music!

Dec. 14 2013 03:57 PM
PaulaMarie Susi

What a wonderful performance! No place like The Greene Space for live performances.

Dec. 13 2013 10:14 PM

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