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MADE OF BRASS

Buffalo has become a hotbed of brass excitement - as has been proven recently by the concerts at the University at Buffalo by the Atlantic Brass Quintet and Metalofonico. So why not keep the momentum going? The fanfare continues with the Canadian Brass, who will be in town to join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra next weekend in Kleinhans Music Hall.

Now in its 32nd season, the Canadian Brass is a crack quintet comprising Ryan Anthony and Joe Burgstaller on trumpet; Jeff Nelson on French horn; Eugene Watts on trombone; and Charles Daellenbach, tuba. Like the groups heard at UB, the ensemble boasts an extravagantly diverse repertoire. Formed experimentally in Toronto in the '70s, the Canadian Brass now plays anything from jazz to mainstream and contemporary classical music to popular songs.

The band's specialty, though, is baroque music, and besides the works of Beethoven and Wagner, the musicians have recorded Purcell, Vivaldi, Gabrieli and Pachelbel. Bach is their hero, and their most recent CD was a recording of the "Goldberg Variations."

Assistant conductor Ron Spigelman will conduct this concert, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. next Friday and 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Admission is $21 to $64. Call 885-5000.

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