Chamber music concerts

1. Famous Inspirations

Brass Quintet

Thanks to outstanding original transcriptions, rediscover famous compositions from the turn of the 20th century by giants such as Debussy, Ravel, Dvořák, Liszt and others, including Khachaturian’s celebrated Sabre Dance. The programme, as inspired as it is inspiring, consists of veritable timeless masterpieces that all audiences will be able to appreciate. Come and hear these works under the new incomparable light that Buzz Brass casts upon them !

String Quartet in F major
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

The Girl With the Flaxen Hair
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Quintet No. 3
Victor Ewald (1860-1935)

String Quartet No. 12 in F major
(American)
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

 

Sabre Dance
Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)

Eleven Chorale Preludes
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

2. Christmas à la Buzz Brass

Brass Quintet

For the holidays, the quintet offers a concert embodying all of the festive season’s magic, as much with emotion as with a touch of humour. The show full of good cheer includes classics such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite and the traditional Silent Night as well as more modern repertoire like Sleigh Ride and The Twelve Days of Christmas. A concert for the entire family to enjoy!

Nutcracker Suite                                     
Piotr I. Tchaïkovski

The Christmas Song
Mel Tormé & Bob Wells

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Hugh Martin

Angels We Have Heard on High
Traditional

Silent Night, Holy Night
Franz X. Grüber

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional

Carol of the Bells
Traditional

My Spirit Be Joyful
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Traditional

We Wish you a Merry Christmas
Traditional

3. Buzz Salutes Gershwin

Brass Quintet & Piano

The ensemble gets you reacquainted with George Gershwin’s ageless works by combining the tones of its brass instruments with those of a piano to perform Rhapsody in Blue, Summertime and other great hits. Thanks to splendid exclusive arrangements, six instruments thus pay homage to this most celebrated of American composers by evoking all the brilliance and intensity of a symphonic orchestra toward an unforgettable experience!

Rhapsody in Blue
George Gershwin
(Brass Quintet & Piano)à

An American in Paris
George Gershwin
(Brass Quintet)

3 Preludes
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
(Brass Quintet & Piano)

Summertime                                   
George Gershwin
(Piano / Brass Quintet)

I’ve Got Rhythm    
George Gershwin
(Piano)

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
(Brass Quintet)

Cuban Overture
George Gershwin
(Brass Quintet & Piano)

A Foggy Day / Nice Work if You Can Get it
George Gershwin
(Brass Quintet)

 

5. The Planets

Brass Quintet & Organ

Tackling Gustav Holst’s iconic symphonic work, the quintet takes us on a majestic interplanetary voyage that sounds amazingly orchestral, including by uniting with the full, roaring power of an organ. Enhancing Buzz Brass’s already impressive palette and expressive dynamics, the combination of these six instruments makes for an enthralling performance that is sure to be remembered!

OPTION
Music, narration and visual projections
Buzz illustrates its interpretation of The Planets through the projection of breathtaking images related to the planets that are the subject of Holst’s magnificent work. This riveting and unforgettable show explores the far reaches of the Solar System in seven fascinating video clips. Music and images are supported by the reading of a text by Pierre Chastenay, astronomer and lecturer in science at the Université du Québec à Montréal, public speaker, author, and host of the science show Le Code Chastenay on the Télé-Québec network.

La Péri— Fanfare
Paul Dukas (1865-1935)
(Brass Quintet)

Danse macabre        
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
(Organ)

The Sorcerers Apprentice
Paul Dukas
(Brass Quintet and Organ)

The Planets
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
(Brass Quintet and Organ)

  • Mars, the Bringer of War
  • Venus, the Bringer of Peace
  • Mercury, the Winged Messenger
  • Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  • Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
  • Uranus, the Magician
  • Neptune, the Mystic

5. Preludes & Rhapsodies

Brass Quintet, Piano & Harp

Buzz Brass partners with fellow piano and harp virtuosos to tackle familiar great works presented under the brand-new light of novel and daring arrangements. In performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Debussy’s Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”, Saint-Saëns’s Danse macabre and others, seven artists with hands of steel gloved in velvet offer you a concert that just resonates with both power and finesse!

Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
(Brass Quintet & Harp)

3 Preludes
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
(Brass Quintet & Piano)

The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Claude Debussy
(Brass Quintet)

Rhapsody in Blue
George Gershwin
(Brass Quintet & Piano)

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
(Brass Quintet)

An American in Paris
George Gershwin
(Brass Quintet)

Danse macabre     
Camille Saint-Saëns (1853-1921)
(Brass Quintet & Harp)

The Carnival of the Animals
Camille Saint-Saëns
(Brass Quintet, Piano & Harp)

Eleven Chorale Preludes 
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
(Brass Quintet)

6. Buzz Beat

Brass Quintet, Vibraphone & Drum Set

Buzz Brass teams up with two percussionists—on vibraphone and drum set—to carry the audience away to a diversified universe in which Classical, Latin and Jazz music live side by side in perfect harmony. Standards by Ellington, Bolling, Piazzolla and Guaraldi as well as original exclusive works rub shoulders in this rhythmic musical get-together that will absolutely fire up the audience!

Milonga del Ángel
Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)

Montreal Hora Cero
(Fuga y Misterio, Buenos Aires Hora Cero, Otoño Porteño, Primavera Porteña, La Muerte del Ángel)
Astor Piazzolla

Toot Suite – Allègre
Claude Bolling (1930 – )

 

Caravan
Duke Ellington (1899 – 1974), Juan Tizol (1900 – 1984) and Irving Mills (1894 – 1985)

The Seductress
Wynton Marsalis (1961 – )

Trombone Institute of Technology
Michael Davis (1961 – )

Linus and Lucy
Vince Guaraldi (1928 – 1976)

Right On
Javier Sebastián Asencio

Waltz for Bob
Javier Sebastián Asencio (1980 – )

Video gallery
Inspirations
The Planets / Buzz Salutes Gershwin / Buzz Beat / Variations / Famous Inspirations
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Christmas à la Buzz Brass
The Planets (Uranus)
The Planets (Mars)
The Planets
Preludes & Rhapsodies
Buzz Salutes Gershwin
Buzz Beat