Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see the Washington Symphonic Brass. For $24, you get a concert package (up to a $48 total value, including all fees), which includes:
- One general-admission ticket to see “Danza!” at St. Anne’s Church on Saturday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $33 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
- One CD of On the Edge, a selection of four performances of high-energy pieces by Berlioz, Shostakovich, Copland, and Stravinsky (a $15 value)
If you happened to walk past the auditorium door while the Washington Symphonic Brass was in session, the first thing you might notice could be the huge sound, as expansive as that produced by any major orchestra. It might take a few moments to realize that the triumphal swells and stirring solos are all produced using only brass instruments (and some percussion). Though the ensemble does use its trombones and trumpets to explore the classical canon, it's just as likely to transport audiences to decades of the recent past or tempt them to start dancing in the middle of a church or concert hall. "We try to give our audiences things they wouldn't normally expect from brass players," cofounder Phil Snedecor told International Musician.
In “Danza!”, the Brass's expert horns produce unexpected flashes of sound in energetic works by prominent Latin-American composers. Alberto Ginastera’s Malambo comes to vibrant life as trumpets, trombones, and saxophones trill in harmony before sambaing out of the players’ hands. Pieces by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos showcase his signature blend of Brazilian folk and European classical music. In the rest of the program, movements selected from works by Mexican composer Carlos Chavez, Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, and Argentinean tango composer Astor Piazzolla bounce off the grand rafters of St. Anne's Church, built in 1859.