By Elizabeth Holland
Director of KU Presents!, Robin Zaremski, is excited for the last performance of the fall semester, Canadian Brass. The already sold out performance will take place on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.
“You always hope people will enjoy what you bring to KU,” Zaremski said. “When people respond well to what you bring to the table, it’s a great feeling.”
Canadian Brass consists of five members: Chuck Daellenbach on the tuba, Christopher Coletti and Caleb Hudson playing trumpets, Achilles Liarmakopoulos performing on the trombone and Bernhard Scully on the French horn. Coming back from a tour in Asia, Canadian Brass has a discography of roughly 130 albums.
With an arrangement of music from classical, Latin, jazz, Broadway, Christian and so much more, the brass group has appeared on the “Tonight Show,” “Today Show” and “Entertainment Tonight,” as well as specials on PBS. The group’s founding and original member, Daellenbach, formed the band in 1970 and has carried members to two professional performances for the Queen of England.
“Thanks to one of our subscribers, Paul, we chose to get Canadian Brass,” said Zaremski.
The subscriber was actually the one who planted the idea of having the group come and perform at KU. “We really do listen to our subscribers, we wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for them,” said Zaremski.
Before the show, guests will be welcomed in the lobby by the Governors Horn Middle School Quartet. “They consider Canadian Brass to be their idol instead of groups like One Direction,” says Zaremski.
Another appearance will be from the Berks Youth Chorus, which consists of students in grades five through eight, who will accompany Canadian Brass in the opening song.
Songs include “Winter Wonderland,” “Christmas Time Is Here” (from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”), “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire” and “You’re A Mean One Mister Grinch. ”
As the fall semester comes to an end, KU Presents! aims to conclude with a holiday theme. Embracing the holiday spirit, Zaremski says, “This is a great way to end the fall semester and look forward to the holiday break. We also want to promote a new slogan, ‘See you at Schaeffer,’ which emphasizes that our subscribers have the chance to meet with each other. The impact of our subscribers is not only on KU Presents!, but also on our students.”