$15 – $50
Afternoon of Brass

Afternoon of Brass

Northbridge Brass Endeavors
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$15 – $50

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Northbridge Brass Endeavors

Leonardo Ciampa, Bay Colony Brass, New World Chorale, Pitzen Brass Resurrection, Mitchell Arnold, Holly Krafka, Lawrence Isaacson, Brian McCreath

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Mechanics Hall

321 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01608

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Honoring our local Firefighters with eclectic, uplifting classical music arranged for brass, percussion, organ, and chorus.

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Afternoon of Brass

2:00-5:00 PM: Face Painting

3:00-4:00 PM: Tribute to Local Firefighters

4:15-6:00 PM: Pitzen Brass Resurrection

PROGRAM

Tribute to Local Firefighters

  • Nimrod, Elgar
  • Fanfare for the Common Man, Copland
  • Nearer My God to Thee, Mason
  • Hymn to the Fallen, Williams (with video projection: "Honoring our Local Firefighters")
  • Be Still My Soul, Sibelius
  • Resurrection Symphony Finale, Mahler. Premiering with chorus "a spectacular arrangement that precisely frames the gravitas and aspiration of the original work" Lawrence B. Johnson

Pitzen Brass Resurrection

  • Feierlicher Einzug, Strauss
  • Canzona in Echo Duodecimi Toni, Gabrieli
  • Fanfare pour précéder La Péri, Dukas
  • Bruckner Etüde für das tiefe Blech, Crespo
  • Fest- und Gedenksprüche, Brahms
  • The Earle of Oxford's Marche, Byrd
  • Susato Suite, Susato
  • Praise the Lord with drums and cymbals, Karg-Elert
  • Funeral March, Grieg
  • Gathering of the Armies, Wagner

FEATURING

  • Emcee - Brian McCreath
  • Organ - Leonardo Ciampa
  • Bay Colony Brass - Lawrence Isaacson
  • New World Chorale - Holly Krafka
  • Pitzen Brass Resurrection - Mitchell Arnold

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John Williams, Hymn to the Fallen arr. Daniel Drage

"The 'Hymn to The Fallen' is one of John Williams most astounding pieces. The simple tune carries the weight of all [who have fallen]. From the snare solo in the beginning, the theme begins softly, with a beautiful choral part. The music is never too sad or depressing. Even when the tension builds, the tears that are yanked from your eyes come not from the sadness of the piece, but from its profound beauty. One of the most glorious parts of the track is the brass’ interpretation of the theme. It rises up in dignity, and dies back down, letting way for another, stronger rendition of the theme, once again with the [simple tune]. The [music] swells in a majestic, grandiose rendition, building up to the soaring climax, and sweeping down back to the calm. A lonely duet leads into the conclusion, with the snare drum growing only to fade back." -Frank Lehman

Gustav Mahler, ‘Resurrection’ Symphony Finale arr. Stephen Bulla

On everyone's bucket list should be a live performance of the Mahler 2 Finale. It is truly the best music ever written. The entire work is just too long for most listeners to bear (over 80 minutes) but this unique arrangement is only 11 minutes in length. It was premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass on 15-DEC-2021 ... "The concert’s finale was the definition of grand: a broad swath of the closing movement from Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony in a spectacular arrangement that precisely framed the gravitas and aspiration of the original work. Off-stage trumpets summoned the chaos of purgatory before the reunited ensemble began the long, swelling musical ascent of transmigration. So closely did Mulcahy and his musicians, augmented by timpani and percussion, mirror the full orchestral context of Mahler’s work – again banishing from mind the absence of strings and woodwinds – that one might have forgotten entirely about the other missing element: the chorus." ... https://chicagoontheaisle.com/2021/12/16/cso-brass-measure-up-to-golden-reputationwith-sonorous-fare-capped-by-blazing-mahler/

Our Mechanics Hall premiere is including "the other missing element" (the chorus). It will be completely over the top. Don't miss your chance to hear it!

The finale music is aptly described: "Once more we must confront terrifying questions, and the atmosphere is the same as at the end of the third movement. The voice of the Caller is heard. The end of every living thing has come, the last judgment is at hand and the horror of the day of days has come upon us. The earth trembles, the graves burst open, the dead arise and march forth in endless procession. The great and the small of this earth, the kings and the beggars, the just and the godless all press forward. The cry for mercy and forgiveness sounds fearful in our ears. The wailing becomes gradually more terrible. Our senses desert us, all consciousness dies as the Eternal Judge approaches. The last trump sounds; the trumpets of the Apocalypse ring out. In the eerie silence that follows, we can just barely make out a distant nightingale, a last tremulous echo of earthly life. The gentle sound of a chorus of saints and heavenly hosts is then heard: 'Rise again, yes, rise again thou wilt!' Then God in all His glory comes into sight. A wondrous light strikes us to the heart. All is quiet and blissful. Lo and behold: there is no judgment, no sinners, no just men, no great and no small; there is no punishment and no reward. A feeling of overwhelming love fills us with blissful knowledge and illuminates our existence.” https://gustavmahler.com/symphonies/mahler-symphony-2.html

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Firefighters to win $1000+ during live, onstage lottery at concert in their honor

To be eligible to win, you must have purchased tickets using Firefighter promo code by June 1, 2022 and be present to WIN.

RULES FOR ENTRY INTO THE LOTTERY:

A) Fire Department. These 17 fire departments, and no others, are already included in the lottery: Worcester, Northbridge, Auburn, Burlington, Charlton, Grafton, Hopedale, Sterling, Uxbridge, West Boylston, Holden, Boylston, Shrewsbury, Millbury, Leicester, Paxton, Wellesley. To win, there must be at least one Firefighter in attendance at the concert during the live drawing from the fire department selected by live, onstage lottery drawing. If no member of the selected fire department is present, then additional drawings will be made until a winner is declared.

B) Firefighter (individual). Entry into this lottery is by purchase of a ticket at the 50% discounted price offered to Firefighters and up to 3 guests. When a Firefighter purchases ticket(s) using the discount promo code "ABFirefighter" (mnemonic: Afternoon of Brass Firefighter) that firefighter and their guests are automatically entered into the lottery. If a Firefighter or any of his/her guests are selected by lottery drawing, then the Firefighter (not the guest) is to receive the cash award. A firefighter with the maximum of 3 guests will have 4 entries in the lottery. The selected winner (the Firefighter, not guest) must be present to win. If selected Firefighter is not present, then additional drawings will be made until a winner is declared. Tickets must be purchased before 11:59 PM on Sunday May 22, 2022 in order to guarantee entry into the lottery. Late ticket purchases by Firefighters may or may not be entered into the lottery.

With general admission tickets set low for this type of event ($10 to $20), concert goers are advised to get tickets early.

The Afternoon of Brass is supported in part by grants from eight (8) Local Cultural Councils (LCCs), namely, Auburn, Burlington, Charlton, Grafton, Hopedale, Sterling, Uxbridge, and West Boylston as well as a separate state-level grant from the Mass Cultural Council (MCC).

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Northbridge Brass Endeavors

Leonardo Ciampa, Bay Colony Brass, New World Chorale, Pitzen Brass Resurrection, Mitchell Arnold, Holly Krafka, Lawrence Isaacson, Brian McCreath

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Mechanics Hall

321 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01608

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No Refunds

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