The sweet, golden sounds of tempered horns are expected to be heard on Sunday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., when the Solid Brass ensemble takes the concert stage at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield. This group of 10 professional instrumentalists, plus percussion, has been wowing audiences throughout North America since 1982. Their versatile concert programs feature a wide range of musical styles, everything from medieval to opera to Gershwin, Big Band, Sousa, the Beach Boys and Christmas.
Comprised of four trumpets, four trombones, one French horn and a tuba, plus percussion, SB’s unique instrumentation articulates, according to one reviewer, “a broader sound spectrum than most brass ensembles on the road.” Added to this, the group is praised for their “[i]nformative and amusing verbal chatter [that] brings the audience into the act and makes for a most entertaining and sonically stunning evening.”
Solid Brass players are recognized as some the finest musicians in the tri-state area. The group has performed in concert venues throughout North America, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. They have performed on numerous Broadway shows, and with the orchestras of the Metropolitan and New York City Operas and the New York City Ballet. Their radio broadcasts include live concerts on WQXR in NYC and WQED in Pittsburgh, and their half-hour Christmas special was featured on PBS-TV’s “The State of the Arts” on the East Coast.
SB has also developed and performed musical programs for more than 200,000 students and educators in 300 schools nationwide, programs designed to educate, illuminate, and entertain. Their audience friendly, eclectic approach sparks interest by energizing their music with cultural history and story-telling.
SB’s 7 p.m. concert at St. Paul’s on Nov. 30 is made possible by a grant from the Westfield Foundation.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 E. Broad Street (near Euclid Avenue) in Westfield. Area parking is free. Concert tickets at $20 for adults may be purchased at the door. Students are welcome at no charge. All are invited to a reception following the event. For more information, call Charles M. Banks at 908-451-5082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.