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Enjoy another ‘Brasstacular Christmas’ with the Bozeman Symphony

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Featuring special guest Ryan Anthony on trumpet


Ever since the 2014 premiere of “A Brasstacular Christmas,” the Bozeman Symphony has received requests from audiences to present it again. On Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, the symphony will repeat that first performance, again featuring Ryan Anthony, current principal trumpet for the Dallas Symphony and former principal trumpet for the world famous Canadian Brass.

Anthony is known as one of the greatest trumpeters and entertainers at work today. While Anthony’s technical skills are well known, his ability to combine that with an innate musicality and a profound connection with audiences is what critics have said sets him apart as a performer.

Maestro Matthew Savery of the Bozeman Symphony met Anthony in Michigan in 2002, while performing with the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra. They have since performed several concerts together and became great friends. At some point during their friendship, Anthony convinced Savery to collaborate on a new and humorous Christmas extravaganza and a “Brasstacular Christmas” was born.

Audiences will watch—and listen—while Savery and Anthony ham it up while simultaneously showcasing Anthony’s impressive talent on the trumpet. The score includes playful numbers such as “Trumpet Voluntary,” “The Christmas Song,” “Deck the Horn,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” music from “Polar Express” and more.

“I never have as much fun as I do when I’m on stage with Ryan,” Savery said. “It is always an honor to be on stage with a world-class musician but even more fun when it’s a close friend.”

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Willson Auditorium located at 404 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman. Tickets can be purchased online at, the Bozeman Symphony office at 1001 W. Oak St., Suite 110, or by calling (406) 585-9774.

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