Hello Brass of Peace Alumni and Seasons Greetings!
Here we are now, in Season 44 of Brass of Peace, and yes, we are playing live, meeting in the sanctuary 7-8 feet apart.
It’s a group of BOP returning members, some BOP Covid-stranded alumni and some of their friends. So far, it’s working!
We just performed a live streamed concert which can be viewed on the Brass of Peace Facebook December 13 posting.
Until the pandemic came, last season’s Brass of Peace was having a wonderful year. It was a larger group than recent years because the talent was there. 4 trumpets, 5 horns, 3 trombones and a tuba. What a luxury.! The group performed the usual BOP in-school concerts and several really fun mall concerts. Fortunately we squeezed in our tour of Pittsburgh and Cleveland just before the pandemic headed east.
In Pittsburgh, BOP played a joint concert with the Duquesne University brasses thanks to the efforts of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra member and BOP alumnus, Zachary Smith ’78 and PSO trombonist, Jim Nova. The next morning, the group enjoyed a generously long master class by former PSO Principal Trumpeter, George Vosburg at Carnegie Mellon University.
Later that day we drove to Cleveland to be blown away by a Cleveland Orchestra performance of Bruckner 5. What a joy it was to see BOP alumnus Nathaniel Silberschlag ’15 with his new orchestra. It was inspiring for all the members of BOP to hear that wonderful orchestra in its own hall. The next morning, the members of the Cleveland Orchestra who make up the Factory Seconds Trio; Jack Sutte, Jesse McCormick and Rick Stout, with their usual generosity, conducted a brass reading of parts of Bruckner 5. That afternoon, we performed a concert for students at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and were back safely in our own beds by midnight!
It was quite a whirlwind but very rewarding tour! We would have performed our first Earth Day Concert in April had the season been able to continue. Oh well.
After the pandemic hit, I was truly at a loss for how I could keep that group connected and motivated. I began a series of BOP virtual master classes, just to keep everyone moving forward. By May, I struggled with whether or not it was safe to try a concert outdoors, but how could I possibly do it? I decided to take the risk of inviting my current members and some local alumni members to perform some outdoor concerts. The biggest challenge was rehearsal. We’d have to rehearse outdoors as well. It would have to be a one-rehearsal program since I didn’t want to stretch the patience of my neighbors too far. We were a bit of a slave to the weather, but everyone was as flexible as they could be and we pulled off SEVEN outdoor concerts in the summer! Some of them were held on my front lawn, others at the lawn of Peace Lutheran Church.
It was so much fun that I think I want to do them again next summer!
If those concerts taught me anything, it was that people need live music. Our Lincolnia Hills friends and neighbors were so grateful to hear live music again. While things are dire now for the arts, trust that what we do in our lives in music is needed, wanted and necessary to keeping the world as a better place. The world is starving on the inside without live arts.
I’ve been very heartened to see how you have managed to survive this year, both physically and mentally. Your resilience has taken many forms. Some of you have take on new hobbies or have fully committed to enjoying things that you normally don’t have the time for. So many of you have had to take on the responsibility of helping your children learn in a challenging format. Some have taken the opportunity to reexplore their own playing, perhaps reigniting the flame of passion for music. For someone like me, who lived through duck and cover in the 60’s and Isis bringing havoc to our country in 2001, I could never imagine something like this bringing the world to its knees.
Finally, there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel. Hang In There!
All the best to you for a Happy Holiday Season and a much more promising New Year!
BRASS OF PEACE ON TOUR – PITTSBURGH & CLEVELAND
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 8:30: Concert at Duquesne University Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10:30 am: Master Class with George Vosburg, Pittsburgh Symphony Orch. former Principal Trumpet, Carnegie Mellon University Brass Chair and faculty.
Saturday, 8 p.m. Brass of Peace attends a Cleveland Orchestra Concert Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 10:30: Master Class with Jesse McCormick and Rick Stout of the Cleveland Orchestra/Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m.: Concert at Gambell Hall at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 7 – 9 p.m.: Distinguished Artist Master Class — Robert Reardon, horn; NSO, Peabody Institute faculty December 13, 2019: Brass of Peace In-school Kidshare Concerts Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3 p.m.: Brass of Peace at Fashion Mall Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 6 p.m.: Brass of Peace at Tysons Galleria
June 2, 2019 Alumni Concert
Brass of Peace on Tour!
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Free concert with the Peabody Brass Ensemble at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at Emmanuel Church, 811 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
PLUS – Brass of Peace will also hear the great Philadelphia Orchestra perform Sibelius 2 at the Kimmel Center on Saturday night. Thanks to our wonderful alumna, Jennifer Montone, we got great seats at a great price! We are excited to hear her and one of our great American orchestras in their hall and conducted by their music director.
Factory Seconds Trio, members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Ensemble in Residence at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, come to Peace Lutheran Church on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 7 p.m. The concert is free to the public and a free will donation will be taken.
Viderunt Omnes Leonin (1150s-1201)*
“Hear ye Christians” Hans Sachs (1494-1576)*
Veni Sanctus Spiritus John Dunstable (c. 1390-1453)*
Mass of Tournai Anonymous (c. 12th- c. 13th century)*
Chansons from 1554 Jacques Arcadelt (c. 1507-1568)*
Madrigaletti (2015) David Loeb (b. 1939)
Fugues from Ludus Tonalis (1942) Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) arr. Michael Galloway
Dona Nobis Pacem Giovanni Palestrina (1525-1594)*
2017-2018 Season Kennedy Center Performance
Brass of Peace had another great season full of debut concerts! Our Carnegie Hall debut on February 12th and the entire musical weekend was one for the history books! Thanks to support from the BOP alumni and alumni parents, all of the expense were absorbed by our fundraising through Fractured Atlas. Thank you all for your help! We are so grateful to Baldwin Wallace Conservatory for inviting us to join them on that hallowed stage.
On Saturday, February 10th, , BOP took the Tripper bus up to New York and stayed at the Salisbury Hotel, a wonderful little hotel only one block away from Carnegie Hall. On our first afternoon, we all trekked up to Juilliard where we met up with some excellent brass players from the Juilliard School and read through some great brass ensemble music for 2 hours! Thank you, BOP alumnus Nathaniel Silberschlag for arranging that gathering. It meant so much to all of us and especially our 2 graduates; Gaby Pho, horn and Andrew Stump, horn, who will be attending Julliard in the fall!
That evening, we split up to attend concerts by the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.
The next day, Sunday, February 11th, we were part of a mentoring session in Westfield, New Jersey for high school bands and sponsored by Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. These bands would be playing the next day at Carnegie Hall and would also be adjudicated as part of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Invitational. I was one of the judges in the morning and had the pleasure of meeting composer, Frank Ticheli, who was also adjudicating. While in Westfield, Brass of Peace had the honor of having their own master class with members of the Cleveland Orchestra who form the Factory Seconds Trio; Jack Sutte, trumpet, Jessie McCormick, horn; and Richard Stout, trombone. They were a wonderful example of beauty of tone and great ensemble amongst players! We also had our one full rehearsal with the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory for the Carnegie Hall Concert the next night.
That evening, the horn section had a master class with the legendary Julie Landsman! The trumpets and trombones were on their own to explore New York City ( they managed to stay out of trouble!)
Our concert on February 12th at Carnegie Hall with the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory was amazing in everyday. Brendan Caldwell chose a fabulous and diverse program for the Wind Ensemble. BOP was included in Kevin Putz Millennium Canons and Wagner’s Elsa’s Procession. Let me tell you, we worked really hard at home to be prepared enough to insert ourselves into the mix on one rehearsal, but our BOP players were great! Our three solo pieces on that program, the Bach Fantasie in C, The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, and Rassemblement from Dubois Fanfares were out of this world! I couldn’t have been more proud!
Our 41st Season Finale on May 10 was rewarding in every way. It is so inspiring for me each season to observe how BOP members grow so much artistically and develop their musical skills. And they are all such great kids! I’m so lucky to work with amazing young people year after year! Of course, it is also a bittersweet time as I say goodbye to our graduating seniors, some of whom have been with me for years! It’s hard for me to believe that I have been conducting Brass of Peace for 29 years! Time flies when you are having fun!
So, we now wrap up our season with another debut and some upcoming children’s concerts in the Kennedy Center Theater Lab on May 19th. Come and join us with your kids if you are in town! We have 2 shows 10:30 and 1 p.m. Our players will be acting and narrating as part of the story! It will be a scream! http://www.kennedy-center.org/Seating/SYOS/62574
Our Outdoor Brass of Peace and Alumni Concert will be held on the usual second Sunday of June at 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran. Rehearsals are Friday and Saturday June 8 and 9.
Feb 2018 –
Brass of Peace performed at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 8 p.m. thanks to an invitation from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Wind Ensemble. The program featured a world premiere Concerto for Brass Trio by Clint Needham and featuring Baldwin Wallace’s brass trio in residence, The Factory Seconds. Brass of Peace performed several works on its own; Bach: Fantasie, Debussy: Girl With the Flaxen Hair and a fanfare by Pierre Max DuBois. Joint works with the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Wind Ensemble included the colorful Millennium Canons (2001) by Kevin Puts and Wagner’s poignant, Elsa’s Procession from Lohengrin.
Many other amazing things happened in NYC!
A master class with the legendary Julie Landsman in NY
A brass ensemble with students of the Juilliard School
A master class with members of the Cleveland Orchestra who form the brass trio Factory Seconds. Jesse McCormick, horn; Jack Sutte, trumpet; Richard Stout, trombone
Carnegie Hall Program
Millennium Canons (arr. Mark Spede) BWC and Brass of Peace
Concerto for Brass Trio and Wind Ensemble (world premiere) featuring the Factory Seconds Jack Sutte, trumpet; Jesse McCormick, horn; Richard Stout, trombone ( members of the Cleveland Orchestra)
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin (transc. Paillet) BWC and BOP
Bach (arr. Dishinger):
Fantasie in C Brass of Peace only
Debussy (arr. Allen):
Girl With the Flaxen Hair Brass of Peace only
Pierre Max Dubois
Rassemblement from Trois Préludes en Fanfare Brass of Peace only
Saturday., May 19, 11 a.m & 1 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 14, 7-9
Sat., Feb.10 through Tues., Feb. 13
New York Carnegie Hall Concerts and mentoring workshops
Brass of Peace performs at Carnegie Hall, New York City
with Baldwin Wallace Conservatory
Sun., Mar. 11 at 4 p.m.
Concert: Brass of Peace at the Franciscan Monastery
Saturday., May 19
11 a.m & 1 p.m.
Concerts; Brass of Peace performs 2 concerts on the John F. Kennedy Center Theater Lab stage
Concerts; Brass of Peace performs 2 concerts on the
John F. Kennedy Center Theater Lab stage