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The Trillium Brass Quintet kicks off Harbourfront Centre’s family concert series with A Brass Odyssey on Sunday, September 24

Toronto, September 14, 2006Music with Bite, Harbourfront Centre’s concert series for families, presents A Brass Odyssey by the Trillium Brass Quintet. Heralded by trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindeman as “…one of the most exciting ensembles to come along in many years,” the quintet combines the energy and exuberance of brass with the nuance and intensity of classical chamber music. The performance takes place on Sunday, September 24, at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

The Trillium Brass QuintetPhilip Séguin (trumpet), Scott Harrison (trumpet), Christine Passmore (horn), Cathy Stone (trombone), and Karen Bulmer (tuba)—presents a bright and energetic look at music through the vehicle of the classic brass quintet. In an exciting introduction to the visually and aurally captivating instruments of the brass family, and a basic but fun demonstration of their characteristics, they perform a wide variety of short musical selections; everything from Renaissance madrigals to modern popular music, illustrating shared musical elements such as use of melody, approaches to harmonization, and rhythmic variation.

Formed in 1996 in Toronto, the Trillium Brass Quintet has performed throughout southern Ontario including recital appearances at the Toronto International Chamber Music Festival, the Kitchener-Waterloo Music Society and the University of Toronto’s New Music Week. The quintet was also the first ensemble to play our national anthem inside the Ontario Legislature! The ensemble has performed with the Mendelssohn Choir, Paz Christi Chorale and has premiered new works by Chan Ka Nin, Andrew Ager, Alexander Rapoport and Scott Good, among others. In 2003, the Trillium Brass Quintet released its debut CD, Revecy and Seasons of the Spirit, a collaboration with Pax Christi Chorale. Their third CD, Canusa, will be released this fall.

Music with Bite, a part of Harbourfront Centre’s ZOOM! Family Sundays, is a refreshing, interactive experience in which children can sit up close to the artists and, after the concert, ask them questions, while enjoying a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, an organization dedicated to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people.

Music with Bite is produced with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Visitors are invited to walk in the shoes of the creators we are bringing to our spaces and experience intimate journeys that consider the powerful and formative connections to "place." Geography, history, memory all guide us as we struggle to find a sense of belonging and identity. They can direct us as clearly as a map or a compass. But does your heritage define you or does it make you part of a community? Do you belong to your neighbourhood or does it belong to you? What is your place in the world? Power of Place is part of an ongoing exploration of ideas-based programming at Harbourfront Centre, September through December 2006.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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