On April 28, at 3 p.m., the McPherson Community Brass Choir will present its spring concert at the McPherson Church of the Brethren, Carrie at Euclid St. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free event featuring a diverse selection of brass choir literature as well as music showcasing each section of the choir – trumpets, trombones, and French horns.
A highlight of the program is an antiphonal piece for two choirs by Hans Leo Hassler. Other diverse literature includes Men of Harlech, a Welsh battle hymn depicting one of the longest sieges in Welsh history; Army of the Nile, a march by Kenneth Alford; a setting of the southern spiritual “Wondrous Love;” and two traditional Scotch pieces arranged for brass choir and bagpipes by Don Frederick, longtime McPherson College music professor and founder of the Community Brass Choir. A special feature of the program will be a theme and variations for tuba performed by Greg Nickel.
“The thing that I really admire about this group is its diversity, both in age and profession. It really speaks to what music is all about--music brings us all together,” Director Jerry Toews said. “It is a bonding agent, regardless of who we are. It speaks to the soul of humanity. How can we hate each other if we enjoy making music together?”
The McPherson Community Brass Choir was founded in 1973 by Don Frederick, a skilled composer, arranger, and conductor who had retired as a music professor at McPherson College. Professor Frederick led the ensemble for many years, developing what is now the oldest civic musical organization in McPherson. With members in their twenties to eighties.
Members come not only from McPherson but also Inman, Moundridge, Newton, and Hillsboro.