Music for Brass Planned for Sunday, May 14th

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This Sunday, May 14, the Music Ministry of Christ Church will present an uplifting and resplendent repertoire of music featuring multiple combinations arranged for brass.  The Christ Church Brass Ensemble, formed in the fall of last year, will perform numerous pieces arranged especially for brass quartet as well as pieces for brass and organ, brass with choir and organ, and also solo work for trumpet.

Beginning approximately ten minutes prior to the 11 a.m. service, the Christ Church Brass will begin with three pieces by Franz Joseph Haydn juxtaposed by a newly composed piece for brass and organ by composer Jeremy Niles Kempton.  The piece, is a bit of a musical sandwich in that it opens and closes with fanfare sections joined by the King of instruments but with a chorale in the middle section reminiscent of J. S. Bach along with many others.  The piece spares nothing in its lusterful conclusion which brings both the brass and the organ to a compelling conclusion.  Also programmed are numerous other pieces by Sir Edward Elgar, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Friderick Handel, and an anthem for choir, brass, and organ by the late Martin Shaw.  Shaw, known for more than 300 published works including “With a Voice of Singing”, wrote the piece in 1923 for the Annual Festival of the Rochester Diocesan Choirs Association.  Ninety-six years later, the piece remains a part of the repertoire for many collegiate and parish choirs today.

For more information about this week’s music or other musical events at Christ Church, call 410-822-2677 or visit www.christchurcheaston.org.  Christ Church is located at 111 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton.

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