December 15 concert at Orchestra Hall features Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus in his own holiday program with guest performers and brass musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra
On December 15, the Minnesota Orchestra’s holiday season continues with Merry and Bright, an evening of brilliant holiday music performed by Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus. The concert includes new arrangements of timeless holiday classics such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town, The Christmas Song and a salsa-tinged Jingle Bells. For this performance, Lazarus is joined by his own seasoned rhythm section; esteemed vocal soloists Tonia Hughes and Bruce A. Henry; and the 9-member Lazarus Brass—including musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra brass section. This concert marks the fourth annual performance of Merry and Bright at Orchestra Hall. Note: this performance does not feature the full Minnesota Orchestra.
The performance of Merry and Bright: A Big, Brassy Christmas with Charles Lazarus takes place on Saturday, December 15, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $41 to $76, at Orchestra Hall, the Minnesota Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis. More information is available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.
Charles Lazarus, a member of the Minnesota Orchestra’s trumpet section since 2000, has masterminded several original productions with the Orchestra, serving as soloist, composer and bandleader. In addition to Merry and Bright, he has created and starred in three original orchestral shows featuring his jazz ensemble: A Night in the Tropics, American Riffs and Fly Me to the Moon. In April 2018 he was featured in a new Minnesota Orchestra program, Our Love Is Here to Stay, in collaboration with The Steeles. In 2015 he and the Orchestra performed the world premiere of American Nomad, a trumpet concerto composed for him by Steve Heitzeg; Lazarus and the Orchestra will reprise this work as part of January’s American Expressions festival. His four solo recordings, Solo Settings, Zabava, Merry & Bright and Lovejoy, showcase his wide-ranging talent and feature collaborations with diverse composers, arrangers and performers, including Orchestra musicians. More: minnesotaorchestra.org and charleslazarus.com.
MERRY AND BRIGHT
A Big, Brassy Christmas with Charles Lazarus
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Charles Lazarus, trumpet
The Lazarus Brass
Tommy Barbarella, keyboards
Jeff Bailey, bass
David Schmalenberger, drums
Daryl Boudreaux, percussion
Tonia Hughes, vocals
Bruce A. Henry, vocals
Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.
Tickets: $41 to $76
At each performance throughout December, we are partnering with Simpson Housing Services. At the concert on December 15, we will be collecting new and gently-used pajamas. Look for collection bins in the Orchestra Hall lobby.
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (Stage Door ticketing is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby Box Office ticketing begins two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the skyway accessible Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2018-19 season.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Communications Manager and Assistant Editor