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Rodney Marsalis and the Philadelphia Big Brass will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Brevard Music Center as part of its Parker Concert Hall Spring Series.

A veritable “dream team” of virtuoso brass players, Rodney Marsalis and the Philadelphia Big Brass had its beginnings on the streets of New Orleans. On the advice of family patriarch Ellis Marsalis, the group created a concert format that breaks the usual barriers between genres and strives to create a connection between the audience and performers.

The group’s Brevard concert will feature a wide variety of music by composers ranging from Bach and Vivaldi to Sousa and Bernstein. Tickets are priced from $35 and are available online at

The sound of Marsalis’ trumpet has reverberated throughout the world. Whether playing baroque piccolo trumpet or interpreting works commissioned especially for him, his artistry has been enthusiastically enjoyed inside of the United States and in such countries as France, Spain, Germany, England, Greece, Rumania, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. He has been praised by music critics from Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Records International Catalog, and other international publications for his evocative interpretation, impeccable virtuosity, and beauty of sound.

Marsalis can be heard as soloist and principal trumpet on more than 30 different recordings with labels such as Decca, Naxos, Koch International Classics, and Albany Records.

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is America’s premier large brass ensemble. 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 has been invited to perform around the world including China’s National Center for the Performing Arts, Guangzhou Opera House, Tangelwood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall, and prominent performing arts centers throughout the United States, South America, Asia and Europe.

Parker Concert Hall is Brevard Music Center’s state-of-the-art venue overlooking scenic Lake Milner. This season the hall plays host to a 17-concert series from October through May featuring a varied lineup of classical, jazz, vocal and fusion artists. The series continues Thursday, May 4 with Barcelona Flamenco Ballet.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $35.

For more information, visit, call the BMC Box Office at 828-862-2105 or email

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