MSB opens 2019 season with return to Covenant Public Concerts

Mainstreet Brass will open its 2019 season with an encore appearance at 3 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton, Pa.

The concert, part of the church’s Covenant Public Concerts series, will include a wide range of musical styles ranging from blues to operetta overtures.

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Scranton, Pa.
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Scranton, Pa.

“Performing at Covenant Presbyterian has always been a high point for us,” says Allen Frank, Mainstreet Brass tubist. “It’s a joy to be among such a warm, engaged audience and surrounded by a stunningly beautiful and resonant space.”

In keeping with tradition, audience members are invited to a ‘meet the artists’ reception following the concert.

Free and open to the public, the concert series is partially supported by grants from the Lackawanna County Council on the Arts. A free will offering will be taken to support the series.

For more information, call 570-346-6400 or visit the church’s website.

 

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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