This Is What Christmas Sounds Like
with new Holiday arrangements
and traditional favorites
brought to you by the best and brightest brass
Tuesday 19 December 7:30
at the Cathedral of St. John, Spokane
Tickets: $25 general, or $18 groups of 10+ at Clarion.BrownPaperTickets.com
Wednesday 20 December 7:30
at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, Coeur d'Alene
Tickets: $25 general, or $18 groups of 10+ at
This year we've switched to Brown Paper Tickets,
so tickets will cost $25, period. No added fees.
In the mail, print your own, or in will call
for no additional cost.
Simple, clean, no waiting to buy tickets at the door.
(But we'll still sell tickets at the door if you decide to
bring along last minute guests.)
Better yet, put together a group of 10
and pay just $18 per ticket.
Clarion, the brightest brass in the region, reminds us that this is what Christmas sounds like: it's as fresh and clean as new-fallen snow. Every year, artistic director William Berry hangs shiny new handmade ornaments on the tree in the form of beautifully rendered traditional carols and
quirky original takes on holiday favorites.
This year's concerts will highlight a spectacularly joyous new arrangement of Joy To The World,
and feature the best brass soloists around:
Kristin Joham, French horn,
in a melancholy and moving My Favorite Things
Skyler Johnson, bass trombone, in a brand new cocktail hour arrangement of I'll Be Home For Christmas
William Berry and James Smock, trumpets, in a
haunting old American tune, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
And a whole evening of the most beautiful, celebratory,
and quirky Clarionized renditions of your holiday favorites to put you in a Christmas mood.
Dallas Symphony Releases CD with Clarion's Music
You can say you heard it here first. But the Holiday arrangements for brass written by William Berry for Clarion Brass, are played all over the world. Including Dallas, Texas. Just in time for Christmas, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has released a compact disc recording - REJOICE Christmas with the Dallas Symphony Brass, Percussion, and Organ – which is now available at Amazon and on iTunes. This CD includes two long-time favorites from Clarion's “This Is What Christmas Sounds Like” concerts: Fum Fum Fum and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.
This is a live recording compiled from performances over the last couple of years at the DSO. Concert organizer Ryan Anthony, a former trumpet player with the Canadian Brass, has been familiar with Berry's arrangements since the release of Clarion's CD Nutcracker Suite Dreams in 2000, and has programmed many Clarion originals over the years. This year's concerts at the DSO include King Swing, Maoz Tzur/Sevivon, plus We Need A Little Christmas, all arranged by William Berry and originally premiered by Clarion Brass in Spokane. So if you're from Spokane, you can say you heard it here first.
This incredible brass choir has been performing since 1992, recorded a bunch of CDs of original music written and arranged specifically for the group, and is known for breaking through stylistic barriers by playing in every imaginable genre.
Check out our YouTube channel, or watch our hilarious holiday hijinks below.
And stay tuned for Clarion updates as we head into our 25th season of glorious and quirky music-making.
“Just so you don’t get the wrong idea,
Clarion is dead serious about its music.
Over almost two decades,
this 12-piece brass ensemble has established itself as
one of the region’s most refreshing classical ensembles, known nationwide
for its brilliant arrangements.”
Spokane Spokesman-Review, 2009