(Northbridge, MA – 01 March 2023) – After several critically and commercially acclaimed shows since 2019, the team at Northbridge Brass Endeavors is proud to present the “Afternoon of Brass #2: Memorial Weekend Spectacular” concert series. The two patriotic-themed concerts are planned for Saturday, May 27 at the Old South Church in Boston and Sunday, May 28 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Concert goers can expect a spectacular and rousing flag-waving experience with unparalleled music at this family-friendly event.
Featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra and Pops brass players, the program includes some of the most demanding works ever written and arranged for brass including “Crown Imperial” (Walton), “Finlandia” (Sibelius), “Variations on America” (Ives), “Resurrection Symphony Finale” (Mahler), “Irish Tune from County Derry” (Grainger), “Nimrod” (Elgar) and “Semper Fi” (Sousa). Also on the program are “Taps” and “Retreat” (Butterfield) specially arranged for the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band by former USMC arranger Thomas Knox.
And there is more than just brass. Mezzo-soprano Heather Gallagher sings the “Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” with unique arrangements for solo voice and brass. In addition, Shakespearean scholar Robert Lublin, PhD. Professor of Theatre Arts, UMASS Boston, sets the mood with a special presentation prior to “Romeo and Juliet” (Sergei Prokofiev arranged for brass by Joseph Kreines). We will also be joined by WGBH/WCRB’s Brian McCreath as our emcee and Lawrence Isaacson as our Music Director.
For tickets to Worcester click here and for Boston click here. Discounted tickets are available to active-duty military and veterans, first responders, dependent family members, as well as EBT, WIC, and CC cardholders. Free tickets are available exclusively for Everett resident, whose Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) granted support* to the event.
Everett residents can get their free or discounted ticket by entering the town-specific promo code (LCCEverett) when purchasing tickets online at www.northbridgebrass.com/ab2/tickets. Ticket purchasers using the LCC discount must bring a photo ID (with matching town address) to the venue entrance (otherwise the ticket is invalid). Quantities of discounted tickets are limited. Tickets go on sale March 17, 2023 at 12:00 AM. All attendees are required to have a ticket.
*The Afternoon of Brass #2 is supported in part by grants from 19 (nineteen) Local Cultural Councils (LCCs), including Bolton, Boylston, Concord, Dudley, Everett, Grafton, Holliston, Lancaster, Lincoln, Medford, Millbury, North Reading, Northbridge, Paxton, Revere, Spencer, Sterling, Uxbridge, and Wilmington as well as state-level grants from the Mass Cultural Council (MCC). Our sponsors include UniBank and Whitinsville Family Dentistry