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Sound the gold-plated instruments!


Photo by Bo Huang
As part of an exclusive agreement with the Conn-Selmer Corporation, members of the Canadian Brass, from left, Christopher Coletti, Bernhard Scully, Achilles Liarmakopoulos, Chuck Daellenbach and Caleb Hudson perform on 24-karat gold-plated Bach instruments.

Every so often the little guy wins and the Hill Country will experience such a victory when Canadian Brass performs at 7:30 pm, Friday, Jan. 30 at Boerne Champion Auditorium. By securing this acclaimed musical group to open its 2015 season, Boerne Performing Arts has pulled off quite a coup.
"It's still hard to believe this group will be playing here, but our board is working hard to finalize all the details for Canadian Brass' arrival in Boerne. We are so excited that our residents will have the opportunity to hear this talented group!" said Carol Schultz, president of Boerne Performing Arts.
The individuals who comprise Canadian brass are as interestingly varied as the group's astonishing repertoire.
Tuba player Chuck Daellenbach has brought music, imagination and humor to Canadian Brass since the group was formed in 1970. Playing a key role in all of the their groundbreaking projects, world travels and on more than 130 recordings, Daellenbach and his gold-plated and carbon bell tuba have become the bedrock of the massive Canadian Brass repertoire.
Coming from a long line of German and Swiss musicians, Daellenbach earned a PhD from the prestigious Eastman School of Music at age 25.
Trumpeter-arranger Christopher Coletti joined Canadian Brass in 2009. He received a masters degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelors degree from Manhattan School of Music. Among his numerous accolades, Coletti also has perfect pitch, whistles proficiently and possesses the unique ability to sing an operatic high C.
The group's newest member, Caleb Hudson joined Canadian Brass in 2012 after completing his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Juilliard.
A multiple first place winner at the National Trumpet Competition, Hudson is an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, a fellowship program of Carnegie Hall promoting arts advocacy, community outreach and music education.
Currently professor of horn at the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, Bernhard Scully is also an accomplished soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. He has shared the stage and soloed with some of the world's greatest symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and Toronto Symphony, among others. Bernhard received degrees from Northwestern University and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Award-winning Achilles Liarmakopoulos holds degrees from the Yale University School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in his hometown of Athens, Greece. At age 18, he gave two solo trombone performances at Walt Disney Hall as the Grand Prize Winner of the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition/ Liarmakopoulos later won international competitions at the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe and the International Trombone Festival.
These five master musicians will present an entertaining evening of musical mastery, beginning at 7:30 pm, Friday, Jan. 30, at Boerne Champion Auditorium. Tickets range from $30-$60 with students admitted for $20. Tickets are available online at or by calling 830-331-9079.