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 beautiful in every way. It is so rewarding for me each season to enjoy 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
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