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Alias Brass coming to Crystal Theatre

Alias Brass

CRYSTAL FALLS — Crystal Theatre welcomes Alias Brass, an innovative brass quintet to the stage Sunday, October 17 at 2 p.m.

Founded in 2013, Alias Brass is a collaboration of five talented brass instrumentalists and educators from across the country. The group has been touted as “one of the freshest chamber groups out there.”

Receiving critical acclaim for being captivating, diverse and innovative, the group blends virtuosic musicianship with delightful entertainment. Performances comprise both standards and original compositions and range from Baroque and classical to jazz and pop. A former member of the Empire and Canadian Brass groups describes the ensemble as “the only name for music innovation.”

All five members are champions of music education, dedicated to inspiring the next generation through workshops for young audiences. Teaching on five different university campuses and performing separately in symphonies across the country, the group has performed together across North and South America. They recently returned from performance tours in Brazil and Canada.

Jonathan Bhatia, a founding member of Alias Brass, is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Lecturer of Trumpet at the University of Nevada. Bhatia has been featured on NPR and played on the animated film Duck Duck Goose.

T.J. Tesh, trumpet, is currently in the School of Music Faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi. While living in Los Angeles, Tesh performed with music legends including Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, and Quincy Jones and was principal trumpet for the touring Broadway musical “The Producers.”

Natalie Brooke Higgins, horn, is a founding member of both the BrassHaus Network and the Alias Brass Co. Residing in Reno, Nevada, Higgins has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 Under 40 honorees, celebrating the best and brightest in education.

Timothy Duepper, trombone, also a founding member of the ensemble, is in demand across North and South America for his work both on stage and as a music educator. Duepper has played in Carnegie Hall, the Washington National Cathedral, and has made recordings for the Disney Corporation.

Clayton Maddox, tuba, is a native of Florida and is currently a Lecturer and Adjunct Instructor of Music at Louisiana State University. Maddox has competed and placed in many tuba competitions and has performed as far away as the Yamaha Headquarters in Sapporo, Japan.

“It’s been many years since the big brass sound was heard in Crystal Theatre,” said Wilma Kallies, Crystal Theatre board president. “We’re looking forward to bringing this unique musical experience to the northwoods.”

Tickets can be purchased at Ben Franklin in Crystal Falls, the Iron County Chamber Office in Iron River, The Music Tree in Iron Mountain, at thecrystaltheatre.org, and at the door.

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