The Peace Region Music Series will presents a brass quintet in a concert titled “Brilliant Brass” in Teresa Sargent Hall at the Montrose Cultural Centre in Grande Prairie, Alta. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.
The Peace Region Music Series is continuing its efforts to make classical music more accessible for locals with its “Brilliant Brass” concert on Friday, Aug. 23.
Founding members Brad Luna and Tina Alexander explained that the series offers professional-level classical concerts on a regular basis.
“There are a few classically-trained musicians here in Grande Prairie but it just didn’t seem like there was an avenue for them to perform regularly,” Luna said.
“With a city this size, I think it was overdue.”
Starting fall 2017, the series typically sees 60 to 70 attendees per concert. The first event was a house concert but organizers have since hosted performances at a variety of locations around the city, such as Centre 2000 and the Grant Berg Gallery.
“We feature local professional musicians as well as we bring in some,” Alexander said.
“For this concert, we’re bringing in some. But our last few concerts, we’ve used all locals.”
The upcoming concert features a brass quintet that includes two members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra—assistant principal trombone Kathryn Macintosh and principal tuba Scott Whetham.
Local musicians are filling the other three positions with Joseph Sharp on horn in addition to Luna and Mark Brazier on trumpets.
“This one is going to be pretty much entirely brass, whereas before, we try to vary it up, maybe a vocalist for 20 minutes and then maybe a violinist for 20 minutes,” Luna said.
Luna described the concert as having a “wide repertoire” of music with songs such as the famous opera aria “Nessun dorma” and “The Sound of Music” melody.
The series strives to keep its concerts casual and short while using different venues in order to allow as many locals as possible to attend.
“Otherwise, there’s not really an opportunity for people to experience live, professional, classical music here,” Luna said.
“Even if they go to city, they got to go to the concert hall—not likely. By doing this, we kind of bring it to them.”
Alexander added that admission by donation also keeps the concerts accessible.
“We do give a recommended donation ($25) but we really do want anybody to come, so you can just give whatever you can,” Alexander said.
She noted that they also educate attendees about the music being performed, such as why the composer wrote it or what the purpose of the piece was.
“We really want people to just come and learn and enjoy classical music,” Alexander said.
“Brilliant Brass” begins at 7 p.m. in Teresa Sargent Hall at the Montrose Cultural Centre with refreshments starting 6:30 p.m.