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    Fourth of July Celebrations – Canadian Brass Quintet

    Posted on: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    email: luann@woodstockguild.org – Lu Ann Bielawa
    phone: 845.679.2079
    fax: 845.679.4529
    www.byrdcliffe.org
    Byrdcliffe Arts Colony | Kleinert/James Arts Center | The Byrdcliffe Shop | White Pines Historic House

    Date: Saturday, July 2, 2011
    Location: Maverick Concert Hall, 120 County Rd. 43, Woodstock, NY 12498
    Time: 8:00 pm

    Cost: $175 Special dinner and concert package; $85 Premium seating; $65 Reserved seating/$25 General admission under the stars
    Info: www.byrdcliffe.org, 845.679.2079

    THE WOODSTOCK BEAT
    July 4th Weekend Musical Celebration with Canadian Brass and NEXUS Percussion

    Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Benefit Concert
    Woodstock, NY May 25, 2011 The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is very pleased to present the 20th Annual Woodstock Beat, a Fourth of July weekend concert celebrating the American Experience with Canadian Brass and NEXUS Percussion, Saturday, July 2, 2011, 8 pm at the Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, NY. The concert benefits the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and ticket prices range from $175 for a special Dinner/Concert/Spa package to $25 for General Admission seating under the stars. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.byrdcliffe.org/performance , by phone: 845.679.2079 or at the Byrdcliffe Shop, 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock.

    With a discography of over 90 albums and an extensive world-wide touring schedule, Canadian Brass (www.canadianbrass.com) has pioneered popularizing brass music to mass audiences everywhere. Their latest recording, Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America, which features NEXUS Percussion (www.nexuspercussion.com) spent several months on the Billboard Classical Chart, peaking at #2. Selections from that recording will be the soul of the concert along with pieces by Copland, Schickele and members of each group. The concert will be an All-American celebration of the Fourth of July.

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    Canadian Brass is Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Christopher Coletti and Brandon Ridenour (trumpets) Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Eric Reed (horn). With four decades under their belts, Canadian Brass continues to thrill audiences around the world. The hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and, most of all, fun.

    The New York Times calls NEXUS “. . . the high priests of percussion.” After more than three decades of continuous collaboration, the four master percussionists of NEXUS Percussion – Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Russell Hartenberger, & Garry Kvistad – are internationally revered, not just for their virtuosity both as individual and group performers, or their innovation and creativity, but for their ability to create extraordinary music out of just about anything: Swiss cowbells; Chinese drums; Tibetan prayer bowls; Middle Eastern hand drums and Southeast Asian water buffalo bells, to name just a few. With a repertoire ranging from military music to the novelty ragtime of the 1920s, from the haunting rhythms of Africa to the groundbreaking compositions of Japanese master Toru Takemitsu, John Cage and Steve Reich, NEXUS delivers a stunningly virtuosic spectacle of sound, rhythm and movement.

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Woodstock Beat benefit concert, a summertime tradition and the brainchild of WBG Chairman Emeritus, Woodstock Chimes founder and member of NEXUS Percussion, Garry Kvistad. “The Canadian Brass and NEXUS have done many wonderful performances and recordings together over the past 40 years,” comments Kvistad. “The July 2nd concert at the Maverick Concert Hall will mark the first time the Canadian Brass has played in our area. Their most recent cd, Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America, features members of NEXUS in a selection of all American patriotic music which is not only historic but fun and exciting to hear. This will be an event that will be remembered for years to come – a historic venue, two fabulous groups and really exciting music. Oh yes, and it benefits the oldest arts colony in America, Byrdcliffe! What more can one ask for?”

    Tickets for the benefit concert are on sale now at the following levels:

    $175 Dinner/Concert/Spa package which includes a 3-course dinner with the performers including wine at Cucina in Woodstock, Premium reserved concert seating, an Emerson Spa gift certificate, Cucina gift certificate for a free dessert and a certificate for a 20% discount at the Byrdcliffe Shop ($250 value).
    $85 Premium reserved concert seating
    $65 Indoor reserved concert seating
    $25 General Admission seating under the stars

    The 20th Annual Woodstock Beat, a benefit concert for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, is sponsored by Woodstock Chimes (www.woodstockchimes.com), Emerson Resort & Spa (www.emersonresort.com) and Cucina Restaurant (www.cucinawoodstock.com). For additional information or to purchase tickets contact the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, 845.679.2079 or online: www.byrdcliffe.org.

    Hi-res images for print available on request.

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    The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, established in 1939, is a multi-arts membership organization serving the Mid-Hudson Valley. Our Kleinert/James Arts Center hosts and presents local and national performing, visual, and literary artists. The Guild offers a variety of classes and is steward of the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony founded in 1903, now a home to an international Artist in Residence program and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.