Cosmic Classics Best in Brass 2PM Concert

Date: June 7, 2020 at 2PM- 4PM
  • Mechanics Hall
  • 321 Main Street
  • Worcester, MA

Presented By: Northbridge Brass Endeavors


Emcee Brian McCreath and Music Director Stephen Bulla lead the New England Brass Band in an afternoon of sheer delight for brass enthusiasts, music educators, students and families alike.

Featured soloists —Christopher Martin (principal trumpet, New York Philharmonic), Toby Oft (principal trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra), Will Sherwood (principal organist Mechanics Hall)—perform the (Armenian) Trumpet Concerto, the Blue Bells of Scotland and the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor making this "Cosmic Classics Best in Brass" concert simply out of this world!

The opening ceremony begins with the very recognizable Bugler's Dream and Olympic Fanfare (Léo Arnaud / John Williams). The concert then presents the vast sound of the 'Hook' organ and brass band performing the Organ Symphony (Camille Saint-Saëns), the ever popular Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Johann Sebastian Bach), the rocket-spectacular Von Braun Suite (composed and conducted by Stephen Bulla) narrated by Brian McCreath (WGBH/WCRB radio host and producer). The first half concludes with the massive sounds of The Pines of the Appian Way (Ottorino Respighi). After intermission the excitement intensifies with The Grand March from Tannhäuser (Wagner) introducing the highly esteemed brass soloists. Toby Oft begins with the delicate and rich Pièce en forme de Habanera (Maurice Ravel) and then blows the roof off with the Blue Bells of Scotland (Arthur Pryor). Christopher Martin performs the Armenian Trumpet Concerto (Alexander Arutiunian) reported in the New York Times as "a flashy piece with a very Gypsyish, Russian, Armenian kind of sound, with very soulful, beautiful melodies and plenty of exciting rapid-tonguing kind of things." Martin finishes with the emotionally moving Someone to Watch Over Me (George Gershwin). Then Oft and Martin perform a driving encore duet with the brass band arrangement of Misirlou (unknown composer) which was re-popularized in the motion picture "Pulp Fiction." The matinee concludes quite literally with a cosmic classic: Adventures on Earth (John Williams) from the motion picture "E.T. the Extraterrestrial" and the ever-present brass band favorite: Death or Glory composed by New England's very own Robert Browne Hall.  The original title of this celebrated march written in 1895 is Tenth Regiment March. It was dedicated to the Tenth Regiment Band in Albany, New York whose motto was 'Death or Glory.' It is a well-known staple of brass band concerts and competitions all over the UK.

"Cosmic Classics Best in Brass" is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


Friday 07-FEB-2020


Patrick Smith

Northbridge Brass Endeavors


Steep Discounts for Residents of Seven (7) Local Cultural Councils (LCCs)

Worcester, MA – Northbridge Brass Endeavors today announced steep discounts (up to 50% using PROMO Code: LCC-TownName) on General Admission for residents of these seven (7) cities/towns: Worcester, Auburn, Oxford, Uxbridge, Shrewsbury, Grafton, Northbridge.

"Residents of LCCs that fully funded my grant request get back 120% of the LCC grant award,” said executive producer Patrick Smith. He added a precautionary note for the procrastinators: “Buy tickets before seats are gone. Discounts are valid while quantities last.”

Cosmic Classics ‘Best in Brass’ includes these co-located, free events on the same day:

• Brass Instrument Exposition and Instrument Petting Zoo (10am to 4:30pm in Washburn Hall adjacent to The Great Hall). Fun for kids and adults alike!

• Noon Concert featuring Greenwich Bay Brass (free with online ticket registration by June 5, 2020; $5 at the door)


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