MSB gears up for new season of concerts

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.

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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