Start: February 2, 2017 7:30 p.m.
End: February 2, 2017
Location: Emens Auditorium

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A Marie Smith Gray Presentation

Brothers on the Battlefield

Featuring The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass "No one plays absolutely beautifully all the time...unless you're my cousin, Rodney Mack"— Wynton Marsalis

A theatrically-staged production including a historically-informed narrative and a multi-media presentation in honor of the end of the 150th Anniversary of The American Civil War.

6 Virtuoso brass musicians (plus narrator and piano) perform a broad range of music from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. The concert is tied together through narration which includes dramatic readings from Civil War letters and inspirational readings by Dr. Martin Luther King interspersed with multi-media depicting breathtaking images as the music that influenced America from before the Civil War to just after the Civil Rights Movement is played by The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass.

Well known works like “When the Saints Go Marching In”, the beloved “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein, memorable tunes by Glen Miller like “String of Pearls”, and “In the Mood”, and toe tapping marches by John Philip Sousa like “Stars and Stripes Forever” will make for a fun filled memorable evening that touches upon both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movements. The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading brass ensembles. A group that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture, the group is especially dedicated to reaching out to the world’s youth and inspiring them to reach for their dreams.

About the Band

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. 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. A veritable "dream team" of virtuoso brass players, associate artists have 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 São 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 in 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, Tangelwood's Seiji Ozawa Hall, and several prominent halls in Brazil and Italy.

Performances by the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass range from solo trumpet, to brass quintet, to the full ensemble with percussion. Their programs include holiday concerts, family concerts, traditional brass concerts with optional organ or choir, themed concerts (American Music, Baroque-Renaissance, contemporary popular music, the Francis Johnson Project, the John Philip Sousa Project, etc.), as well as specially designed residencies, all available to suit the needs of every venue.

Please Note:


Due to construction, alternative entrance locations into Emens Auditorium will be available through the east and west doors and box office staff will be accessible at these entrances on the night of each event. During regular business hours, the Emens box office will be temporarily relocated to the Sursa Hall box office location after June 6, 2016.

Click here for a detailed map of relocations and entrances.

For additional information call the box office at 765-285-1539. 

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Tickets are FREE and available at the Emens box office. 

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