Music Gettysburg! features the Keystone Brass in their own concert this Saturday, April 9th at 4pm.
Observing their 40th anniversary as a top ensemble in the Central Penna. region, the quintet will be joined by Stephen P. Folkemer on the Andover organ displaying the range and fanfare of both brass and organ.
The Keystone Brass Quintet was founded in the fall of 1976 and presented its first public concert in the spring of 1977 on the campus of York College. More than 300 performances and 36 years later, three of the five founding members remain with the ensemble. The cohesive nature of the ensemble playing and richness of their sound is due in a very large part to the high level of musicianship of the unchanging personnel.
Peter Johnston and Jason Robinson lead on trumpet, with Stephen Burg on French Horn and Michael Dietz on trombone and James Biddle on tuba rounds out the quintet. Stephen P. Folkemer serves as Seminary Cantor, Professor of Church Music, and Director for the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg.
The ensemble’s extensive repertoire is as varied as the audiences for which they have performed. Renaissance and Baroque music from the 15th and 16th centuries, romantic melodies, Broadway show tunes, big band music, marches, opera and contemporary literature all find their way into programs presented by this talented group of musicians. Several members of the group arrange and compose for the quintet. This concert will offer a range of blues, broadway musical favorites, some classic and classical, ending with stunningly beautiful works by Giovanni Gabrieli and Sigfrid Karg-Elert.
The concert, free and open to the public, takes place in the Seminary chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg, one of the finest acoustical venues for music in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, see www.musicgettysburg.org or call 717-338-3000 ext 2197.