Classical Music

Holiday Brass concert allows supporting sections to shine

When it comes to holiday music, it's almost universally understood that nothing quite declares the festivity of the season as brass instruments. Usually relegated to supporting statements in orchestral scenarios, Christmas music arranged for brass allows them to shine, literally and figuratively.

And, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra's "Holiday Brass" in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, Thursday, did just that. In addition to allowing us to place faces mostly hidden behind string and woodwind sections with the sounds heard, this "Brass" event allowed us a chance to explore and enjoy the vast capabilities of the brass section. Another happy convenience is that the...