The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America’s top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. Ogdensburg Command Performances presents this internationally acclaimed brass ensemble Tuesday Feb. 25th. Curtain time is 7:45 p.m. in George Hall Auditorium at Ogdensburg Free Academy. According to Wynton Marsalis, “No one plays absolutely beautifully all the time…unless you’re my cousin Rodney!” For tickets, $19 to $43 [discounts for Seniors, Students, Groups of 15+, and “Friends”] call 315.393.2625 or visit ILoveTheatre.org.
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass had its beginnings on the streets of New Orleans. On the advice of Ellis Marsalis, the group created a concert format that breaks the usual barriers between genres and strives to create connection between the audience and performers.
A group that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture, RMPBB is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone. The group is especially dedicated to reaching out to the world’s youth and inspiring them to reach for their dreams. This veritable “dream team” of virtuoso brass players has appeared on the world’s most prominent stages and performed with such groups as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Baltimore Symphony, the Sao Paolo State Symphony Orchestra, the Imani Winds, Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Dallas Brass, and Boston Brass. The group burst onto the music scene with a debut performance at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall, a residency for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and a special feature on the National Public Radio show All Things Considered. In recent years the group has been invited to perform in major music halls around the world including China’s National Center for the Performing Arts, Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall, and several prominent halls in Brazil and Italy.