MSB named brass ensemble for Bethlehem Bach Festival

Mainstreet Brass is thrilled and honored to have been named the brass ensemble for the annual Bethlehem Bach Festival, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s largest event of the year and a cherished tradition that began in 1912.

The quintet will share the stage with principal violist, Paul Miller, and friends for “Bach Outdoors” at noon on May 10 and 17 at Payrow Plaza, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem, Pa. Mainstreet Brass will also be performing for the “Chorale Sessions” on May 11 and 18 at 1:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. on the grounds of Packer Memorial Church at Lehigh University.

Click here for more information about the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, America’s oldest Bach choir, its annual festival and ticket and event details.

 

Mainstreet Brass recordings on MSR Classics label receive critical acclaim

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.”

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