Canadian Brass

December 6, 2018 – 7:30pm – Wait Chapel

In its 47th season, the game-changing Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million of its approximately 100 albums worldwide, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today.

Canadian Brass is made up of five extraordinary talents: visionary founder, tuba legend and business specialist Chuck Daellenbach plus four top brass stars—Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Jeff Nelsen (horn). Beyond their unparalleled musicality, each player possesses the creativity, good humor and love of performing that is the ensemble’s hallmark.

In addition to a non-stop touring and recording schedule, Canadian Brass is continually innovating to expand the brass repertoire, satisfy and challenge a loyal fan base, and use new media to connect to audiences worldwide. They provide extensive educational outreach under the banners “Effortless Performance” and “Shape Your Musical Destiny,” the latter which helps emerging musicians navigate the brave new world of self-production and promotion.

Canadian Brass performs on 24-karat gold-plated Canadian Brass Collection instruments.

When not on stage, you can find the members busy behind the scenes, exploring new frontiers in the world of music performance and keeping up with fans via Canadian Brass YouTube Channel, Facebook, Twitter (@CanadianBrass), Flickr and their website,

Canadian Brass records exclusively for Opening Day Entertainment.

Renaissance Fireworks

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Little Fugue in G Minor

Bach’s Bells

Christmas Time is Here

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch


It’s the Most Wonderful Time

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

White Christmas

I Saw Three Ships

Glenn Miller Christmas


Program subject to change.

Enrich your concert-going experience by joining a pre-performance talk in Wait Chapel.

Brian French

Brian French

This evening’s talk will be led by Brian French, artist-faculty of trombone and euphonium in the Wake Forest University music department and principal trombonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony. French will discuss the history of the brass quintet, the role of brass quintets within the wider context of chamber music, and the rise of star ensembles such as the Canadian Brass.

Brian French is principal trombonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and is formerly principal trombonist of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  He has performed as a guest trombonist, tenor tubist, and bass trumpeter with the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Opera, Roanoke and Asheville Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared at Bravo! Vail in Colorado and at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.

All tickets are general admission and doors to the hall open at 7:00 PM.

Adults – $24

Senior (62+) – $19

Non-WFU Student (12+) – $10

Child (5-12) – $5

Children under 5 free

Admission is free for WFU students, faculty, staff, and retirees by showing your WFU or WFU Medical School ID.

Wake Forest University and Medical School faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. WFU students and Medical School students receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your WFU I.D. at the door.

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