Collaborations, anniversaries highlight MSB’s fall schedule
Mainstreet Brass will join the acclaimed Wheatland Choral for its 30th anniversary season and its guest artist Bob Chilcott for concerts on Nov. 12 and 13.
Chilcott, a celebrated British choral composer, conductor, and singer based in Oxfordshire, England, will conduct the Wheatland Chorale in two of his works and other selections by Brahms, Vaughan Williams and Reger.
Concerts will be 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in York, Pa., and 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, Pa. For more information, visit www.wheatlandchorale.org.
Mainstreet Brass will open its holiday season at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa., with “A Musical Christmas Extravaganza,” a collaboration with the Moravian Church Choir and organist Rebecca Lepore. Click here for more information.
The group then heads to Dover, Ohio, on Dec. 3 for performances celebrating the community’s 175th anniversary.
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.”