A new choir on the block

Sunshine Coast Music Society

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August 7, 2014 08:23 AM

A newly organized brass choir performs Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Highland Centre.

In June, Coast choral lovers heard the marvelous Slovenian St. Stanislav Youth Choir. Now the Sunshine Coast Music Society presents a different choral sound — a newly organized summer brass choir of already familiar faces — regulars or guests of local ensembles (Creek Big Band, Suncoast Concert Band, Coast Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Group of Seven, Whirlwind).

“Ten years ago I started a brass quintet on the Coast and have had many brass players sit in with the group — all telling me it’d sure be nice to have a larger brass group so that we could all play together,” said John Frederickson. “So this spring I assembled a 10-piece summer brass choir. We’d have some fun and perhaps wander down to the Sechelt pier to play an impromptu concert for the passers-by.”

Then Neal Andrews returned to the Coast and things changed.

“Suddenly we had a virtuoso soloist in our midst. Neal is an extraordinary trumpet player who just completed a master’s degree in trumpet performance from Boston University,” added Frederickson.

“Then I realized we had two: Danielle Stephens also holds a master’s degree in French horn performance from New Mexico State University. All the elements were in place for a proper formal concert. All we needed now was a sponsor.”

Enter the Sunshine Coast Music Society, whose mandate is to promote performances by local musicians.

“With their help and encouragement, we have put together what I think will be an exciting program of brass music covering over 400 years — from the Middle Ages to the 20th century: Persichetti’s Parable XIV (Neal), Arban’s wonderful Theme and Variations on Blue Bells of Scotland (Neal/brass choir), Marais’ Le Basque (Danielle/Neal piano), Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto’s Rondo (Danielle/brass ensemble), Pitoni’s Cantate Domino, Sullivan’s The Lost Chord, Elgar’s Sursum Corda and Gottschalk’s Tournament Galop as well as some pops and hauntingly beautiful traditional Irish ballads,” Frederickson said.

A concert is scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Highland Centre, 657 Highland Road (intersection of Lower Road and Sunshine Coast Hwy.).

Tickets are $15 adults, $5 children 12 and under, available at Laedeli in Sunnycrest Mall and Strait Music in Sechelt.

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