Canadian Brass holiday performance at Wingate University

Canadian Brass
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – Known world-wide for their consummate musicianship, Canadian Brass brings their holiday concert to Wingate University’s Austin Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. They will be joined by special guest Wingate Concert Choir.

Founded by Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts in 1970, the brass quintet was not a new concept, but had never before garnered the success that was in store for Canadian Brass. During the ensuing 40-year career, Canadian Brass discography has grown to over 100 albums and an extensive world-wide touring schedule. They have transformed a previously neglected group of instruments with a limited repertoire by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 200 works. Concert presentations range from formal classical concerts to music with lively dialogue and theatrical effects, which led The Washington Post to state: “These are the men who put brass music on the map with their unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor.”

The Wingate Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Kenney Potter, will join Canadian Brass to perform several selections during the performance.

Education plays a key role in the story of Canadian Brass and each member is uniquely attuned to training the next generation of players. They will lead a half-day Brass Symposium on Saturday, Dec. 8. The symposium is presented by the Wingate University Department of Music and the cost is $10 per registrant.

The performance will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium on campus. Ticket prices range from $32 and $42 for adults and $20 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Batte Center Box Office at 704-233-8300 or Carolina Tix at 704-372-1000. To register for the Brass Symposium, please call the Batte Center Box Office.

To learn more about Canadian Brass, visit

The Batte Center
Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyer-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short five minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just 2 blocks off of Highway 74 and only 30 miles east of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 6th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves nearly 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past six years. For more information, go to