The Canadian Brass is more than just five white guys tooting their own horns. Though classically trained, the quintet–Frederick Mills and Ronald Romm (trumpet), David Ohanian (French horn), Eugene Watts (trombone), and Charles Daellenbach (tuba)–has over the last 25 years compiled a wide-ranging repertoire for its instruments, showing its versatility as a crossover ensemble. Equally at ease with the varied idioms and postures of classical music and jazz, the five play with precision and verve, and their camaraderie serves as a vivid reminder of the popularity that brass music has enjoyed since Gabrieli’s time. Indeed the quintet’s Orchestra Hall jamboree, part of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Out of the Ordinary” series, is sort of a quick tour down the evolutionary path from early baroque to late Monk (Thelonious, of course). Choice selections in between include Handel’s seductive pomp “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon, Bach’s ceremonious Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, highlights from Bizet’s Carmen, and selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Monday, 7:30 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan; 435-6666. TED SHEN
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