January 20th, 2012
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GRANTHAM, Pa. (Jan. 20, 2012) — The internationally acclaimed brass ensemble True North Brass will perform at Messiah College on Feb. 11 as part of the college’s Cultural Series season. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel on the college’s Grantham campus. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased by contacting the Messiah College ticket office at 717-691-6036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About True North Brass
True North Brass is based out of Canada, but the ensemble’s fresh and unique programming is geared toward a truly international outlook. True North Brass has been welcomed throughout North America and China, where the ensemble accompanied Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s 1998 trade mission and performed recitals in Beijing and Wuhan. True North Brass has released four critically acclaimed recordings, been featured on CBC Television’s Opening Night program and is heard frequently on public and private radio.
The ensemble’s roster consists of some of the finest brass instrumentalists in Canada and North America. Trumpeter Barton Woomert, a Lancaster county native, has acclaimed international experience playing principal trumpet for the National Orchestra of Venezuela and performing at White House functions as a soloist for “The President’s Own” band before his current position as the associate principle trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Trumpeter Richard Sandals has performed extensively in and around Toronto with various ensembles, and he has played principle trumpet for the National Ballet Orchestra since 2001. Horn player Christine Passmore performs with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and she has played natural horn with prestigious groups in Canada, Italy and the U.S. Sasha Johnson also has international experience performing with many European orchestras including the Berlin Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal before being appointed principal tuba of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. Alastair Kay, the virtuosic jazz and classical trombone soloist, has played for most of the musicals in Toronto for the last 30 years and has traveled to Japan to design a trombone and perform with the Xeno Trombone Quartet.
About the Cultural Series
The Cultural Series is a public, four-part annual performance series sponsored by Messiah College. The 2011-12 season will conclude with a family show, Masked Marvels & Wondertales, featuring storyteller Michael Cooper on March 9.
About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.