Brass and Organ Concert – 2015

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March 7, 2015
Saturday at 6pm

Congregational Church
30 Main Street, Salisbury, CT

Bach Specialist, Anthony Newman, organ
Trumpeters, Allan Dean, Neil Meuller, Jerry Serfass
Timpanist, Benjamin Harms 

CLARKE – Clarke Voluntary (Prince of Denmark’s March)  
NEWMAN – Fantasia on Te Deum 
JS BACH – Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564
JS BACH – Alle Menschen, BWV 643 
MOZART – Three Sonatas for Organ: C F and C. k 278, 67, 328
DAQUIN – Le Coucou 
JS BACH – Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
Ten Trumpet Tunes for Trumpets, Timpani and Organ

Mr. Newman’s Fantasia on Te Deum was initially improvised at a concert at Rice University in the year 2001. It is based on the opening notes of the Gregorian chant and modeled on Bach’s large-scale organ prelude in E flat major. It is then in four big sections in structure, with about the same amount of episodic materials in between that are highlighted in the Bach Eb work.

The trumpet tunes are among the world’s most famous works for trumpet. They are represented on Winton Marsalis’ album, “In Gabriel’s Garden,” released in 1997 in which Mr. Newman is the conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra. Probably the most notable are the one used for Masterpiece Theatre, two that are frequently heard at weddings, and another which is part of Britain’s “Young Person’s Guide for Orchestra.”

The Bach works are among his most famous for the organ, the C-major toccata having a celebrated pedal solo. Mozart wrote 16 sonatas for organ and small ensemble. Mr. Newman has transcribed two of the most joyful in C major and a lovely quiet work written when Mozart would have been about 14.

anthony_newman_closeup_sepia_800x550Anthony Newman first performed with Berkshire Bach on piano as part of a Home Concert fundraiser with Eugenia Zukerman in 2013.  We found him to be simply irresistible and we had to have him come back, this time on organ, and showcase his amazing talent as a Bach specialist and composer.

Meanwhile, we have found that today’s audiences of baroque music seem to appreciate the juxtaposition of organ with trumpets, even though this was not so common in that era.  The Berkshire Bach Ensemble boasts three trumpet virtuosi and a timpani virtuoso (all of whom are “Bach at New Year’s” regulars), and we are pairing them up with Mr. Newman for a brass and organ program that has been designed to delight.

Tickets available at the door: 
$30 | $25 for Berkshire Bach members
Students with ID are welcomed as our guests

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Berkshire Bach Society, PO Box 1002, Great Barrington, MA 01230

413 528-9277

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