Atlantic Brass Quintet to perform as part of ‘The Brick Church’ music series

  • The Atlantic Brass Quintet is performing at The First Church of Deerfield on Sunday at 3 p.m. as part of “The Brick Church” music series. Contributed photo

Staff Writer
Published: 2/6/2019 4:16:11 PM

Four of the Atlantic Brass Quintet’s members will have quite the hike home when the group finishes the final show of its six-day New England tour at The First Church of Deerfield on Sunday.

Horn player Seth Orgel heads back to Louisana, trombonist Tim Albright returns to Appleton, Wisc., trumpeter Tim Leopold goes home to New York City and tuba player John Manning makes his way back to Iowa.

But trumpeter Thomas Bergeron has a shorter commute. That’s because, as director of chamber music and orchestra at Deerfield Academy, he lives in Amherst. In fact, he said the church is about 50 feet from his place of work on the academy’s campus.

“I’m excited for my Deerfield students to be able to experience the fully-formed manifestation of all the musical skills that they are striving to develop every day,” he said.

The show at the church is part of “The Brick Church” music series, which the quintet is playing for the first time in its history.

“It should be great. It’s a great space to make music. It’s a beautiful acoustic and it will be a chance to share what we do with a broader community,” said Bergeron, who has been with the quintet for seven or eight years.

He said the group will perform this year’s touring repertoire, which will feature a broad spectrum of styles such as jazz, Bach, dance music, Balkan brass and some contemporary music by composers the quintet commissioned.

“Our concerts are designed to kind of take the audience on a journey and they tend to love what we do,” Bergeron said. “We’ve been touring with this repertoire all year, and audiences have just loved our shows.”

Bergeron, 37, grew up in South Hadley and was introduced to the Atlantic Brass Quintet in high school, when he took part in the group’s annual two-week summer seminar at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc. The quintet formed in 1985, though it has been made up of different musicians throughout the years.

Bergeron said he and his bandmates are bound by the brotherhood of music.

“We’re all the best of friends, and that’s part of why the quintet still survives over 30 years later,” he said. “We consider each other family.”

The show could be a bit of a reunion for Orgel, whose sister has lived in Belchertown for many years.

“Tom taught trumpet to both of her boys before he was part of the quintet,” he said. “The area holds a special place in my heart.”

Sunday’s show is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $20. Anyone interested in attending can call church Artistic Director Jean Pitman Turner at 413-774-2657. There is expected to be a reception following the concert.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or
413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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