The Family and School Series at the Ellen Eccles Theatre starts with a big brass band bang on Monday, October 20 with the talented brass ensemble Dallas Brass. The group will be performing and members of the Logan and Mountain Crest High School bands will be participating in the concert.
The Dallas Brass founder and director Michael Levine says the concert is intended for the entire family and the ideal audience has a range in ages from 5 to 95. Levine spoke on telephone during <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>Tuesday’s</span></span> KVNU Crosstalk program, saying that Dallas Brass is unique in that members memorize much of their music so they aren’t just standing there with music stands between their legs.
“We do some movement on stage. It’s not Cirque du Soleil exactly, but we do move around a little bit,” Levine explained. “We try to make it visually interesting. We have some lighting that we’ll use.
“We have a production manager that does some nice lighting effects to try to create some moods. It’s a bit more of a theater mentality.”
Also on Crosstalk, Logan High School band director Chris Rasmussen said he is excited about the fact that Dallas Brass will rehearse with the group and selected students will play with Dallas Brass for a Master Class with the students from the two schools watching.
He said Dallas Brass has played for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush and made appearances with Cincinnati Pops and Carnegie Hall, yet the group frequently travels to public schools to work with students.
The <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>Monday</span></span> evening concert starts at <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>7:30 p.m.</span></span> and tickets are available at the Eccles box office.