Organist Rebecca Lepore, Mainstreet Brass and brass players from across the region will join forces for a concert of classic organ and brass repertoire at 4 p.m. Sunday (3/18) at Central Moravian Church, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem, Pa.
“A concert featuring a dozen brass players, organ and percussion doesn’t happen every day,” said Lepore, director of music and organist at Central Moravian Church, which is presenting the program as part of its concert series. “You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear music from 17th century Venice, where the union of antiphonal organ and brass had its origins, 19th and early 20th century symphonic literature arranged for organ and large brass ensemble and percussion, plus a few surprises.”
“Central Moravian Church is delighted to present this program,” Lepore said. “The Mainstreet Brass is a very important part of our music ministry, and we always look forward to any opportunity to partner together, whether in worship or concert.”
The program will also feature several works for solo organ, including “Introduction and Passacaglia” by Max Reger, selections by Mainstreet Brass, the guest brass ensemble at Central Moravian Church, and conclude with an arrangement for the combined instrumental forces of the adagio and finale from Saint-Saëns’ famous Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 ‘Organ.’
Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door. For more information, visit www.centralmoravianchurch.org or call 610-866-5661.
About the artists:
Rebecca Lepore has been the Director of Music and Organist at Central Moravian Church since 2002, is an Artist-Lecturer at Moravian College, serves as the Organist and Choir Director of the Moravian Theological Seminary and is a former University Organist of Lehigh University. She was previously the Senior Organist at the nationally televised Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as well as an Assistant Grand Court Organist at the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia, the largest playing organ in the world. Becky earned the prestigious Artist Diploma in organ performance from the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA and received her Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Moravian College. Becky is a published composer and has organ works published through Warner Brothers Publications, Alfred Music Publications, MorningStar Music Publishers, and the Moravian Music Foundation.
Mainstreet Brass formed in 1986, inspired by a musical camaraderie, a passion for brass quintet literature and performance and a goal to present interesting and entertaining music to its audiences. An MSR Classics recording artist, the quintet has released two critically acclaimed recordings and performed at performing arts festivals, colleges and concert series in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, New England, the Midwest and the United Kingdom. Mainstreet Brass is the guest brass ensemble at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa. Its members are Kevin Long and Jeffrey Wohlbach, trumpets; Shari Gleason-Mayrhofer, French horn; Bryan Hay, trombone; and Allen Frank, tuba.
Concert to feature Mainstreet Brass alums and friends
Mainstreet Brass will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Foy Hall on Moravian College’s Hurd Campus in historic Bethlehem, Pa., at Main and Church streets.
Bringing together current and former Mainstreet Brass members, the concert will feature some of the group’s concert favorites from over the years and a new arrangement for organ and brass by Rebecca Kleintop Owens, director of music and organist at Central Moravian Church and Moravian College alumna. She will join the group on other selections for organ and brass.
Mainstreet Brass has had strong ties to Moravian since its founding in 1986 and has two alumni among its current membership. Several other college alumni who played with Mainstreet Brass through the years will be part of the anniversary concert.
Tickets, $15 general admission and $10 for seniors, students and children, can be purchased 30 minutes before the concert starts and at the Lehigh Valley Arts Council’s online box office. The concert will benefit New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem, which is also marking its 30th anniversary this year.
Mainstreet Brass Named to Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour Roster
Quintet among 135 of Pennsylvania’s finest performing artists
Mainstreet Brass has been selected for inclusion in the 2012 PennPAT Artist Roster, a program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation that encourages and supports touring by a pre-selected roster of Pennsylvania based performing artists in music, dance and theater.
“We’re thrilled to be on a roster that includes the finest Pennsylvania has to offer from its rich performing arts tradition,” said Kevin Long, co-principal trumpeter with the Mainstreet Brass. “PennPAT is great program to enhance that tradition and bring the Commonwealth’s best art, theater, dance and music to a broader audience.”
The 2012 Roster is comprised of 135 outstanding and diverse performing artists and ensembles, including dance companies/solo, dance artists, musicians or music ensembles, and theater artists/groups and storytellers. PennPAT increases opportunities for professional performing artists to obtain successful touring engagements. PennPAT Roster Artists are eligible for a variety of grants, services and support related to touring.
PennPAT also generates earned revenue for Roster Artists by supporting touring engagements with presenting organizations in the Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The first deadline for presenters to apply for funding for an engagement with a 2012 Roster Artist is February 15, 2012, for projects scheduled between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2014. The guidelines and application are available at www.pennpat.org.
Mainstreet Brass recordings on the MSR Classics label continue to receive critical acclaim from the news media and trade publications.
Holiday Classics and Future Favorites for Brass Quintet
“By Request,” released in 2008, received a review in the March 2010 issue of the International Trumpet Guild Journal. The CD is a collection of Mainstreet Brass concert favorites as well as music requested by its audiences over the years. The 18 selections presented on the recording, many of them commissioned by Mainstreet Brass, range from classical, to blues and swing to folks songs.
“Mainstreet Brass is a unique and talented quintet that is willing to take risks. The group is to be commended and thanked for taking the initiative to commission new works for brass quintet,” said Mark Lynn of the University of North Texas.
“This album is an entertaining example of cogent brass quintet playing.”
He described the “high-flying virtuosic playing” by Mainstreet Brass trumpeters Kevin Long and Don Hughes as “fantastic.”