When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m.
Where: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Ave., Denver
Guest Artists: Steve Wiest, Grammy-nominated trombonist; Joe Docksey, guest conductor; Darren “DJ DKO” Kramer, electronics
For 37 seasons, Denver Brass has continued to be one of the longest enduring and most endearing arts groups in Colorado. How do they do it?
“It’s all about staying relevant and changing with the times, while staying true to our roots,” said Kathy Brantigan, president and founder of Denver Brass.
Denver Brass’s season premiere concert, “Brass Quest,” will greet audiences with a new look and new sound. In addition to the warmth and excitement that fans expect, Denver Brass will also be debuting new music and creative electronic artistry.
Right out of the gate, you will hear the debut of three world premieres. The October season opener starts with The Alliance Suite, composed and performed by Grammy-nominated jazz composer and trombonist Steve Wiest. Wiest is known worldwide for his fresh, cutting edge writing and extroverted virtuoso trombone playing.
A self-proclaimed “sci-fi nut,” The Alliance Suite is like a movie score without the movie. It tells the story of kings, princesses and evil conquerors from far-off alien worlds. You’ll need to attend the concert to learn the plot and hear the ending.
They will also be premiering two more new pieces, both featuring electronic brass transformations. Sonic Tonic for Brass & DJ, composed and performed by Darren “DJ DKO” Kramer, will highlight Denver Brass’s new creative vision and digital enhancements. Quest for the Golden Blade of Truth and The Hunt for the Beast Beyond the Wall, composed by Andrew Wolfe, longtime Denver Brass trombonist and composer, will take fans on a journey to another age, telling a story of intrigue and adventure.
In addition to all the debuts, Joe Docksey, former Denver Brass principal trumpeter, will be making his return as guest conductor. Audiences should also look for fan favorites including Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Ravel’s Bolero, and “Berceuse & Finale” from Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
More information can be found at denverbrass.org and tickets can be purchased at newmantix.com/denverbrass or by calling 303-832-HORN (4676).
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