Opening Day Entertainment Group has emerged as the premier showcase for Canadian classical and jazz performers and composers. The label has already earned an enviable reputation for excellence – with multiple awards, a renowned artist roster, critically acclaimed recordings, celebrated producers and chart topping titles. It is also the home to Canadian Brass – the world’s most famous brass ensemble and legendary recording group.
"TITANS" refers to both the performers - Anagnoson & Kinton - and the composers - Schubert, Beethoven and Clementi.
After close to four decades of over 1000 performances together, Anagnoson & Kinton are recognized today as one of the world’s finest piano duos. They first met as students at the Aspen Music Festival and a few years later decided to include a two piano recital in their season schedules. When they first sat together to rehearse the Brahms Sonata in F minor, what was instantly apparent was an extraordinary musical chemistry, one so unusual that in the ensuing months the likes of Gina Bachauer and Eugene List heard them and, each recognizing that this pair had something quite exceptional, encouraged them to dedicate themselves to a career as a piano duo team.
Both pianists are recognized performers and scholars. James Anagnoson is the Dean of The Glenn Gould School, where he is also on the piano faculty. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and received his Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School. Leslie Kinton is a Professor of Piano at the University of Western Ontario and also on faculty at The Glenn Gould School. Both his Master of Music and Ph.D. in music theory are from the University of Toronto.
Anagnoson & Kinton have nine acclaimed recordings including a special release titled Stages, which celebrated their milestone 30th season. Piano Titans is the Duo’s first recording on the Opening Day label,is sure to thrill you with the music of "piano titans" Muzio Clementi, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert.
Caleb Hudson was named new trumpet for The Canadian Brass on SiriusXM Pops, channel 75 TONITE as Brandon Ridenour steps aside but stays close by.
"My career & artistic intentions are to have the opportunity to concentrate on writing more music and perform more with my father, pianist, Rich Ridenour," shared Brandon last night.
After a brilliant fully memorized and staged "Takes Flight" show at Goucher College, a live Q&A and a "knock your socks off" performance at SiriusXM, the Brass knew they wanted Caleb as one of their own. "I'm thrilled to be the newest member of the Canadian Brass! Not only am I eager to meet the fans and to reach audiences all over the world through making music with such an incredible ensemble but I'm also looking forward to sharing my passion with aspiring young musicians," said the gracious young man this evening. “I am honored and overwhelmed to be part of an ensemble with such a legacy and legendary presence as the Canadian Brass."
Caleb's first official appearance with the Brass will be in Residence at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, March 20-23rd. However, there will be opportunities over the next little while to catch either Brandon or Caleb in concert during this transition stage so be sure to check in to the Brass' website & calendar to find out who is where and when!
To catch the repeat of the exclusive 1st performance of the Beatles “Penny Lane,” Bach’s “Little” Fugue and a tribute to the most famous Bull Fighter of all time with Caleb. Subscribe to SiriusXM and tune in to the Pops Channel 75 tomorrow, March 16th at 6:30 PM.
You'll find the Canadian Brass' official press release, links to their youtube channel, facebook and twitter, all accessed via www.canadianbrass.com to learn more.
co-owner MB Daellenbach
Opening Day Entertainment Group
March 15th | Canadian Brass
As the Brass receive a JUNO NOM this year, for "TAKES FLIGHT," they return to SiriusXM to share a little something more than meets the eye!
Tune in to the SiriusXM Pops channel as the Brass chat & play their version of the Beatles “Penny Lane,” Bach’s “Little” Fugue and a tribute to the most famous Bull Fighter of all time" with a special guest. Stay tuned in for the full 30 min segment to catch some special news.
TODAY, Friday, March 15, at 6:30 pm Rebroadcasted at 11:30pm and again on Saturday, March 16 at 6:30pm on the Friday Free For All program on SiriusXM Pops, Channel 75.
May 4th | Canadian Brass
CANADIAN BRASS announces a NEW and exciting PLATFORM called, BRASS UNDERGROUND with the release of their FIRST COVER TUNE, Brass Romance. We are happy to support the Brass as they yet again stretch the boundaries of music making with the world.
"BRASS ROMANCE" – NOW AVAILABLE DIGITALLY everywhere AND ON YOUTUBE Canadian Brass has just released “Brass Romance,” based on Lady Gaga’s mega hit “Bad Romance.” In this vibrant new arrangement by Brandon Ridenour, there are some wonderful surprises. Recorded in an undisclosed basement in Toronto, this work marks the first result of the new “Brass Underground” platform for sharing single cover tunes, innovative arrangements and their creative & jammin’ process behind the scenes -something that their fans may never see and hear on their live, professional circuit. Already known the world over for expanding the boundaries of music performance, this new enterprise once again puts the BRASS out front.
Apr 28th | Canadian Brass
To start, now coordinating with the unveiling of their new site, you will find the first two titles of a set of eleven videos, music taken from their latest, billboard charting CD.
Please enjoy and stay tuned as they unfold the remaining tunes over the next few weeks!
Matt Brooks, Joe Auty, Mike Jipson, Janina Laughton, Austin Hitchcock,
Dixon Van Winkle and MB Daellenbach
Canadian Brass Takes Flight @ le Poisson Rouge on canadianbrass.com
Last January, Canadian Brass made its premiere performance at the prestigious (le) Poisson Rouge in New York City. The event was organized to launch the ensemble's new CD "Canadian Brass: Takes Flight" and has become a Billboard chart regular. The CD's track list is the music that made Canadian Brass a household name around the world. Watch & listen to the first two of eleven pieces from that memorable night and keep an eye out as they continue to unveil the remainder of the show, one by one!
click here and enjoy!
Feb 8th | Canadian Brass
Feb 2nd | Canadian Brass
If there’s anything guaranteed in life it’s that you will be thoroughly entertained, uplifted, and satisfied when you listen to a Canadian Brass recording—any Canadian Brass recording. This is the outfit that defined—and still commands pre-eminence in—the world of brass quintet music and performance, and here the group (with only one remaining original member, tuba virtuoso Chuck Daellenbach) offers a killer program beginning with Flight of the Bumblebee and ending with Don Gillis’ arrangement of the gospel standard Just a Closer Walk with Thee. There’s all the wondrous technical bedazzlement and trademark humor, elevated to inimitable artistic heights by the awe-inspiring polish and always-present musicality. You’ll love that juxtaposed “When the saints” and the “Hallelujah” chorus—classic Canadian Brass, as you will cherish the gorgeous and very moving Quintet by Michael Kamen, the Gabrieli Canzona, and the Bach Air. Indispensable!—David Vernier
Jan 12th | Canadian Brass
CANADIAN BRASS TAKES FLIGHT WITH NEW RECORDING ON CONN-SELMER INSTRUMENTS
Premiere Release on Steinway & Sons Label Features New Conn-Selmer Instruments
Canadian Brass Takes Flight [available January 31, 2012 SRP $17.99] features members of the world’s most famous brass ensemble in their premiere release on the Steinway & Sons record label. Canadian Brass are now exclusive Conn-Selmer artists and perform on 24-karat gold-plated Bach and Conn instruments.
The group has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, has more than 200 published arrangements, and has sold well over 2 million albums worldwide. They’ve had a plethora of educational initiatives over the years including work with El Sistema in Venezuela. Canadian Brass has shaped the recent and emerging history of brass performance and, as shown by its new members, has a keen eye on the next generation of professional players.
Chuck Daellenbach of Canadian Brass noted, “We are so excited about the sound of the ensemble on our new instruments. This is the sound we all grew up with: the amazing brass tradition that started right here in America. That, together with a group of players that are international superstars, gave us the idea to record the ‘hits that made the original group famous.”
Canadian Brass truly takes flight with this new album – their first recording with all of the new permanent members of the ensemble – Eric, Chris, Brandon, Achilles (replacing the recently retired founding member, Eugene Watts,) and Chuck. It is also the first recording they have made with their new custom-made gold-plated instruments built by Conn-Selmer. The repertoire features favorite encores, new arrangements, and world premieres.
Having started with a very limited base, Canadian Brass has created their own musical world by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 200 works, including critically acclaimed compositions from Michael Kamen, Luther Henderson, Bramwell Tovey, Don Gillis and more. With an extensive worldwide touring schedule, Canadian Brass is an important pioneer in bringing brass music to mass audiences everywhere.
Takes Flight is the first non-piano release on the Steinway label. A new direction – but one that continues to follow the mission of capturing exceptional artists – performing on the finest instruments, in state-of-the art sound quality.
click here to get your copy!
Dec 20th | Canadian Brass
Opening Day is proud to present this 2012 video, "FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE," the title tune from it's premiere collaboration with the Steinway & Son's label. In Canada, CANADIAN BRASS TAKES FLIGHT is distributed by Universal Music Group and available worldwide on the arkivmusic.com site.
This is the first recording with all of the new permanent members of the ensemble: Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Chris Coletti and Brandon Ridenour (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Eric Reed (horn)
As this title suggests, best-loved Romantic songs performed by cellist Chung-oo (Chang Woo Lee) and a small jazz ensemble make this a joy to listen to. As composer/pianist, Marvin Hamlisch stated, this disc features "Popular music performed with expertise and great taste." And with highest praise he says, " I know you will thoroughly enjoy this CD!"
A cellist of note, Chang Woo is the Associate Principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with several other world-class orchestras.
Time-honoured music associated with the holiday season has the magical ability to transport listeners beyond their thoughts…into a world of reminiscence, nostalgia, feeling and emotion. H2-Home for the Holdays does just that! H2 bring their cool sound and jazzy riffs home for the holiday in an album of classic Christmas songs creating a jazz-filled wonderland gift-wrapped in the bright colors of the season.
Oct 10th | Opening Day
Pianist, Avis Romm joined our recording ranks this past August with her album, Piano Dreams. Avis is an accomplished pianist, a Steinway Artist who works extensively with the Sarasota Opera Company and is an avid music educator. She also shares the music through performances and workshops with her husband, former Canadian Brass trumpet player Ronald Romm, who is also an Opening Day artist.
We are sure you will enjoy this recording of traditional piano favourites, learn more about Avis and Piano Dreams and become both a 'friend' of Avis on Facebook and a "friend" of Artist Odeg, our Label's way of keeping you in touch with what our Artists are doing and where.
Chang Woo Lee (Chung oo) has been a longtime friend of Opening Day and an esteemed member of the family. We are delighted to introduce her cross-over recording of American popular masterpieces, in arrangements that are guaranteed to open hearts.
Chang Woo, Associate Principal cellist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is an incredibly versatile musician who brings depth to this musical journey. This is a CD you will want to listen to over and over again and will be treasured for years to come.
You will find Chang Woo Lee in our Artist line up and her album, Invitation to Romance, in our store tomorrow!
Brahms on Brass, the new album by Canadian Brass, hit the Billboard classical chart upon its release last month and is making news as a state-of-the-art recording that takes brass playing to a new level. From “the men who put brass music on the map” (Washington Post) Brahms on Brass features adaptations from the keyboard to brass quintet of the Sixteen Waltzes, Opus 39, the Ballade in D minor, Opus 10, No. 1, and the Eleven Chorale Preludes for Organ, Opus 122.
Minnesota Public Radio recently featured Brahms on Brass on its “New Classical Tracks.” Host Julie Amacher said, “As you listen to these waltzes and chorale preludes adapted for brass instruments, you'll hear this music in a completely new dimension, with new colors, timbres and musical inflections. … This ensemble spares no detail in their adaptations bringing a new sound, new life to these pieces, and new enjoyment for the listener.”
Opening Day recording artist Canadian Brass has signed with IMG Artists.
IMG Artists is the global leader in the arts management business, providing the highest standards to its customers and clients alike. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Hanover, Abu Dhabi, Lucca and Singapore, IMG Artists delivers an international suite of management capabilities, as well as consulting and advisory work for sovereign clients, arts institutions, concert halls, and culturally engaged corporations. As the Canadian Brass continue to reach more and more fans worldwide, IMG Artists will provide sterling direction and a time-tested presentation of the “world’s most famous brass group”, meeting the needs to compete in today’s challenging live-music concert industry.
IMG Artists represents not only the leading edge of classical performers, ensembles and conductors, but also dance theatre, jazz artists and world music. This flexibility allows IMG Artists to execute and oversee multiple areas of concert promotion and production – including development of programming strategies in tandem with their artists.
Congratulations to Canadian Brass. For more information, please visit www.imgartists.com
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