This Is What Christmas Sounds Like
Thank you for your support and attendance
at Clarion's concerts for 2017!
We had a great time, and hope you did as well.
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.
“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
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.
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.