The Lied Center of Kansas and Boston Financial Data Services present Boston Brass and the Brass All-Stars Big Band performing selections from the jazz-infused holiday album, A Stan Kenton Christmas.Boston Brass, one of the most creative and prolific brass quintets today, is joined by their extended ensemble, the Brass All-Stars Big Band to perform unique big-band arrangements of classic Christmas songs, including Joy to the World, The Nutcracker Dances and White Christmas, among others.As the foundation for the larger Brass All-Stars Big Band, Boston Brass began their collaboration in 2005 when the five members joined together with a dozen well-known brass players and musicians to record an album of Stan Kenton Orchestra Christmas classics. Stan Kenton, an influential jazz pianist and big band conductor, was born in Wichita, Kan. in 1911.Kenton led a popular jazz ensemble in the 1940s, was a pioneer in the development of "The Wall of Sound" musical style and won Grammy awards in both 1962 and 1963. At the Lied Center, Stan's unique "Kenton Style" Christmas classics will be performed by the Brass All-Stars Big Band.Boston Brass consists of five talented members including J.D. Shaw on French horn, Jeff Conner on trumpet, Lance LaDuke on trombone and euphonium, Jose Sibaja on trumpet and Andrew Hitz on tuba.Performing over 100 concerts a year, the members of Boston Brass have dazzled audiences at concerts and jazz festivals around the world since 1986.Boston Brass' performance is one of several jazz/classical-themed presentations in the Lied Center 2008-09 season which has included Branford Marsalis and Alexander String Quartet in the fall and with Metta Quintet, Imani Winds and Calder Quartet still to come.Tickets are available for Boston Brass being presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at the Lied Center of Kansas. They are on sale at the Lied Center Ticket Office (785-864-2787 voice or 785-864-2777/TDD), the University Theatre Ticket OfficeMurphy Hall (785-864-3982), SUA OfficeKansas Union (785-864-SHOW), and online at www.lied.ku.edu. All seats are reserved. Ticket prices are: adult $28; KU, Haskell students/children (child: 0-18 years of age) $14. Other discounts may apply: please contact the ticket office for details. All orders may be made using MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover.