A brass band in the museum

  • The Pioneer Valley Brass band. Contributed photo

Staff Writer
Published: 7/11/2019 8:30:00 AM

Brass band music will fill the Swift River Valley Historical Society in New Salem later this month.

According to a news statement about the event, The Pioneer Valley Brass will perform a free public concert of traditional and modern music arranged for brass on  Sunday, July 22, at 4 p.m. The program coincides with the anniversary of the birthday of  Harriet Clary, who lived for many years in the Whitaker-Clary House, which is part of the museum today.  Birthday cake will be served after the performance.

Sunday’s event will include “Canzona Bergamasca” by Scheidt; “Aria of the Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflote ” by Mozart, arranged by Coolidge; “English Folk Song Suite (Seventeen Come Sunday, My Bonny Boy and Folk Song from Somerset)”  by R. Vaughn Williams;  R“ubber Duckie” by Moss; “La Cumparsita”  by Rodriguez;  “A Foggy Day/Nice Work if You Can Get It” by Gershwin; “Vier Spanische Renaissance Villancicos,”  Anonymous;  “Down by the Old Mill Stream” by Taylor;  “Satin Doll” by Ellington; and Semper Fidelis by Sousa.

The Pioneer Valley Brass has been performing in Central and Western Massachusetts since the 1970s. Dick Tandy and Melissa Griffin play the trumpet, Jim Engele plays the horn, Jeri Bannister performs on trombone and Joe Hoye is featured on tuba.

The program is sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana as the 790th in a series of memorial concerts to further the memory of the parish, which was forced to leave North Dana for the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir 80 years ago.

Memorial concert programs sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana are always free to the public, and no offering may be taken by the hosting site.  

Musicians receive remuneration from a trust fund begun by bequests from Catharine Mason and Mary Hale, and added to by proceeds from sale of church property at its dissolution. Contact Maureen Riendeau , music coordinator for the First Universalist Parish of North Dana for more information of concerts. 

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