Bagpipes have been around for a long time. In fact, there are many reasons why historians believe they've been around longer than traditional recorded history. The Oxford History of Music says that a sculpture of bagpipes has been found on a Hittite slab at Euyuk in Anatolia, dated to 1000 BC. Also, many authors identify the ancient Greek instrument the askaulos as a crude version of the bagpipe. Fast-forward to today and you can enjoy the sounds of this instrument, along with some brass instruments, in a more modern setting.
The Denver Brass
On March 11th there will be a virtual series called the Emerald Ode to Joy from The Denver Brass. Harmonizing with the traditional brass instrument, there will also be bagpipes, the organ, and Celtic tenors. The event will be filmed from the Bethany Lutheran Church, whose acoustics will be a great match for the performance. More good news—this virtual series will be free to watch from anywhere on any device. However, in order to help keep the group working, The Denver Brass is suggesting viewers make a $25 donation. All contributions will be tax-deductible and will help cover professional musician salaries and all the general operating expenses associated with running the business.
The Denver Brass started in 1981 by founders Kathy and Chuck Brantigan. This unique brass chamber ensemble has been in the forefront of performance, entertainment, commissions and education in the Denver Metropolitan area since its inception. The Denver Brass has also been recognized throughout the U.S. and the world as one of the premier ensembles of its kind. What makes Denver Brass different from other ensembles is its sound, original repertoire, recordings and concert productions. If you are unable to make a donation to The Denver Brass, visit DenverBrass.com for how to become a volunteer.