The Louisville Brass plays at Trinity United Methodist Church during a 2011 concert. (Courier file photos by Ken Ritchie)
The Louisville Brass plays at Trinity United Methodist Church during a 2011 concert. (Courier file photos by Ken Ritchie)
An annual favorite returns to Madison for a holiday musical performance Friday.

The Louisville Brass will make another visit to the area as part of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation series. The group of instrumentalists have performed in Madison as part of the series for the last decade, Lynn Maricle with the Madison Performing Arts Foundation said.

"They play fantastic holiday music," Maricle said, and the group proves to be popular with audiences year after year.

Performers with the Louisville Brass are faculty members at the University of Louisville, and the group plans to entertain with several classical arrangements, as well as holiday favorites as in previous years.

"This is a little earlier than it has been in the past," she said, but added that the performance will be a great way to open the holiday season.

The Louisville Brass, formerly the University of Louisville Faculty Brass Quintet, was founded in 1993. The group is committed to the artistic performance of music and to sharing their knowledge of literature and styles, the group's website said.

Performances include a wide range of music styles, from Renaissance to jazz pieces. Members of the Louisville Brass include Michael Tunnell and Herbert Koerselman on trumpets, Bruce Heim on horn, Brett Shuster on trombone and John Jones on tuba, the website said.

The performance will once again be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Maricle said. Doors will open by 6:30 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7 p.m.

All of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation events are family-friendly and open to the public. There is no charge for the concerts, but donations will be accepted to help with the cost of future performances.

The next performance in the Madison Performing Arts Foundation series will feature the Madison Community Band during a Christmas Concert at Clifty Inn on Dec. 18.