Brass take concert stage for ArtsFest '98

Jazz trombonist Bill Watrous and brass ensembles from across western Canada are the featured performers at ArtsFest '98 concerts hosted by the School of Music Feb. 5-7.

Grammy nominee Watrous has performed with jazz legends such as Woody Herman, Roy Eldridge and Count Basie, and was voted best jazz trombonist for seven years in a row by Downbeat magazine.

He performs on Friday evening, Feb. 6, at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, along with the UBC Jazz Ensemble. Watrous will also perform a free jazz workshop on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. in the School of Music's Recital Hall.

Two concerts are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5: the UBC Brass Ensemble at the Recital Hall at 12:30 p.m., and the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Vancouver Brass Ensemble and the University of Calgary Wind Ensemble at 8 p.m. in the Chan Centre.

On Friday, Feb. 6, the University of Victoria Brass Choir performs at the Recital Hall at 12:30 p.m., with a special guest appearance by the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Call 822-5574 for more information.