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Brass Transit brings the music of Chicago to the Nazareth College Arts Center on March 24

Published March 13, 2018

The Nazareth College Arts Center is proud to present Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago, on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater located on the campus of Nazareth College at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, 14618. Travel back to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame band's golden age with crowd-pleasing hits (and a phenomenal brass section!) like Saturday In The Park, 25 or 6 To 4, If You Leave Me Now, Feelin' Stronger Every Day, and Beginnings. Brass Transit goes far beyond just imitating the songs, they embody the music. Visit for photos. The band is available for advance interviews.

Brass Transit was formed in 2008, made up of eight award-winning Canadian musicians, all veterans in their craft. Their mission was to pay tribute to one of the most successful pop/rock groups of the '70s and '80s— Chicago—the self-described "rock and roll band with horns." Brass Transit has no shortage of material to work with: Chicago has pushed out 20 top 10 singles, 12 top 10 albums, and sold 120-million-plus records worldwide.

"It's Herculean, (the effort) to do this 1.5 hour show," said trumpet player, and bandleader Tony Carlucci. "The horn section is all over the stage, and into the audience doing solos."

"It's just mindboggling," said veteran promoter John Kondis, who produced Brass Transit in Canada. "When we were doing the sound check, people kept coming up to us, saying, 'Is that Chicago?""

In addition to Carlucci, the Brass Transit lineup includes: singer Ian Jutsun (Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams on Broadway) Emmy-award-winning keyboardist Don Breithaupt, lead guitarist Bob McAlpine (Rik Emmett, Roger Whitaker), drummer Paul DeLong (Blood Sweat & Tears, Kim Mitchell), bassist Jay Speziale (The Meteors), saxophonist Phil Poppa, and trombonist Doug Gibson (Paul Anka).

Single tickets to Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago are $35-$50. For tickets call - or visit - the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online:

The Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office is located on campus at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm and 11am until curtain time on performance days.

The Nazareth College Arts Center is a non-profit institution whose series sponsors are The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation and M&T Bank. Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago is sponsored by Dr. Dawn Lipson.

Since 1967, the NAZARETH COLLEGE ARTS CENTER has served as a venue and educational resource for students, educators, artists, and audiences of all ages to create, study, and experience the visual and performing arts. The Arts Center's subscription series and K-12 school performance series provide area residents of all ages with opportunities to experience world-class dance, multi-cultural entertainment, family programming, music, theatre, and special events. The Departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance present exceptional productions, recitals, and exhibitions, which are open to the public, while preparing students for successful careers in arts-related fields.
The Nazareth College Arts Center is the performance home of the Rochester City Ballet and world-renowned Garth Fagan Dance; and is home to the Bach Children's Chorus.

Media please note: high-resolution images are available at and interviews and photo/footage opportunities can be arranged upon request.

For More Information

Michelle Shippers, 585-389-2093,

Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.