Performing at major music halls around the world such as China’s National Center of Performing Arts, and several prominent halls in Brazil and Italy, The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass is dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences.
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass will perform its show "Brothers on the Battlefield: The Power of Love" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in John R. Emens Auditorium.
Consisting of six virtuoso brass musicians (plus a narrator and piano player), the group will be performing a theatrically staged production including a historical narrative and a multi-media presentation in honor of the end of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.
“The concert covers music from before the American Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, so an audience member can expect to hear a variety of genres from Bach to Bernstein's 'West Side Story,'" Marsalis said. "Popular favorites from many genres will be performed, including a march by John Philip Sousa and a New Orleans second-line march. Narrator JaQuinley Kerr will be singing Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah.'"
While the audience will get the chance to escape from their everyday worries and get a few hours to relax and enjoy live music and timeless classics, they will also get a powerful message from the show, Marsalis said.
"So often navigating this world can feel like a battle. Love and hope are the things that can help to heal this broken world. These elements bind us together as human beings. To quote Leonard Cohen, 'Everything has a crack in it. That's how the light gets in,'" Marsalis said.
Dedicated to providing an oasis of music, Marsalis said the group is honored to be a part of this experience and is thankful to be performing in the prestigious Emens.
What: "Brothers on the Battlefield: The Power of Love"
When: 7:30 p.m Feb. 2
Where: Emens Auditorium
This event is free.