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Classical V: Brass | July 26-28

A global twist on classical brass music – from French horns and trumpet voluntaries to Indian wedding bands, brass bands and boat blasts!

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Curatorial Statement

Be it the clarion call to devotion or to arms, the ceremonial announcements of proclamations, fanfares to mark important arrivals and departures, sounds to raise the spirit, or spirits, the delicate sounds of birds, or vibrations to shake walls down to their foundations – the horn has had, and continues to have, a central place in cultures across the world.

Classical V: Brass aims to showcase "aerophones," in which the player blows into (or over) a mouthpiece set at the end of the resonator. Using nothing but the shape of the instrument, the skill of the musician and the breath they can produce, brass instruments (which include those made of horn, silver and wood) can transcend their proclamatory beginnings and will bring you some of the most beautiful, stirring and (yes) calming music you will hear this year.

Exploring and extending the "classical" in music, be it brass quintets or African flutes, traditional brass bands or Chicago funk, Indian celebratory bands or the melodic mariachis, or even French horns playing classic pop – this celebration of all things brassy will enchant the ear, stir the heart and move the feet.

And in true brass tradition, we will close the weekend with the Big Boat Blast. Bring your best brass, join all the boats in the harbour and blow your own trumpet in a massed fanfare.

Not just a load of hot air!

Caroline Hollway, Lead Guest Artistic Associate
Eli Klein, Artistic Associate, Music


William J.S. Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Community and Educational Programmes

Rodrigo Fritz

Project Coordinator

Diana Webley

Project Coordinator

Caroline Hollway

Lead Guest Artistic Associate

Eli Klein

Artistic Associate, Music

Joanne Siu

Music Assistant

Elizabeth Lubowitz

Head of Administration

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Coordinator

Ayesha Chatterjee<

Administrative Assistant

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Scott Mackay

Production Coordinator

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Suzanne Wyman

Vendor Coordinator

Margaret Saliba

Vendor Assistant

A programme of the complexity and size of the 2013 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff and volunteer teams. We extend our thanks to them all.
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