Foothills Brass, an instrumental quintet, performs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Liberty Theater, 1203 Commercial St., as the first show of the 2003-04 Astoria Concert season.

Foothills Brass programs encompass light classics from Renaissance to Romantic periods, major works for brass quintet, new works by Canadian and other composers and a variety of jazz, Dixieland, ragtime and swing.

Group members include Chris Morrison on trumpet, Jay Michalak on trumpet, Rosalee Morrison on French horn, Ben Perrier on trombone and Paul Beauchesne on tuba.

They perform up to 200 concerts each year in locations from concert halls to mountaintops, from school gymnasiums to cathedrals. Tours have taken Foothills Brass as far as Israel, where they began a three-week tour with performances in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, the Jerusalem Theatre on Christmas Day and at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv. They were featured guests in the "Canada in the City" festival sponsored by the Canada High Commission and at the first annual Covent Garden Festival, both in London.

The group has produced five CDs to date, the most recent "It's Christmas," in the fall of 1999.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.


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