Canadian Brass

A Christmas Experiment [DVD]

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The Canadian Brass DVD of A Christmas Experiment was released in 2000. A CD of the same name was released in 1997. The DVD opens with an explanation that what you are about to see is a concert/pageant organized by a "gang" of kids who are friends and relatives of the Canadian Brass. The "experiment" is in letting the kids organize the event (including scripting the tuba player as a "Jack in the Box"!) and it works very well. This is a DVD that young children will enjoy tremendously. There is a sweet quality to the interaction between parent musicians and their kids who describe Chirstmas icons and events in engaging ways. However, A Christmas Experiment is not a full-fledged concert. There are some great songs heard throughout the DVD, including "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer," "Jolly Old St. Nick," "Angles We Have Heard on High," and "Little Dummer Boy," among others. A Christmas Experiment is fun, charming, and aimed at the very young. This DVD is paced at only 52 minutes, but that might be all a short attention span will give it. Be prepared for kids to want to watch this multiple times. (For just pure music, and more adult fare, track down the audio CD of the same name. It includes about an hour of great Canadian Brass music.)

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