Christmas concert, December 11, 2016
(with pictures from the Spring ’16 concert)
Sampling of pieces (performed by other than the Brighton Orchestra):
Christmas comes again: http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10015080
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=5990729
Vaughan Williams Christmas http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2475193
Stage ‘n Screen
April 24, 2016 4 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Brighton, CO
Bright’nJazz (3:30 pm)
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Cry Me a River
In the Mood
Blues in the Night
BrightonMusic Orchestra (4:00 pm)
John Williams: Soundtrack Highlights arr. Ted Ricketts
Rodeo Aaron Copland
1. Buckaroo Holiday
2. Corral Nocturne
3. Saturday Night Waltz
Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber/arr. Custer
Danzon Leonard Bernstein
From “Fancy Free”
Make Our Garden Grow Leonard Bernstein
Pirates of the Caribbean Klaus Badelt/arr. Ricketts
BrightonMusic is pleased to announce “Claim That Tune”, an addition to our annual Homespun concert specifically for students in elementary, middle or high school.
Students must submit a melody (minimum 8 measures; no maximum), with or without added parts, in any of the following formats: .mid, mp3, pdf, jpg, Musescore, Finale, Sibelius, or Encore files. Entries may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
Handwritten entries may be scanned and sent as pdfs or may be mailed to BrightonMusic Orchestra c/o Kat McCusker, 10517 Humboldt St., Northglenn, CO 80233.
Entries must be received between June 1, 2015 and November 25, 2015 by either mail or email. Please include name, age, phone number, address, and email address.
Age Groups: 7-11 yrs. (Elementary)
12-14 yrs, (Middle School)
15-18 yrs. (High School)
At least one melody from each age group will be selected to be orchestrated by BrightonMusic for inclusion in the Homespun Celebration Concert to be held in February 2016. Winners will be notified by email/phone/mail and will be invited to attend the Homespun concert to be recognized for their compositions.
Students or their parents whose submissions are selected must grant BrightonMusic, Kat McCusker and Geoffrey Lehr non-exclusive and royalty-free permission to arrange and perform submitted works for the purposes of the Homespun concert.
Join the BrightonMusic Orchestra as we play Saga of the Prairies on Sunday, October 11 at 4pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, 510 S 27th Ave,Brighton, CO 80601.
BrightonMusic Orchestra and Brighton Jazz presented their annual Homespun Concert on Sunday February 15 at 4:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Brighton. Immediately prior to the concert was an arts and crafts show with quilts, scarves and exquisite hand embroidery by Ann Pinfield.
As the Homespun Concert is a venue to present locally composed music, Brighton Jazz claimed Fort Morgan raised and sometime Boulder based Glenn Miller as a local composer and played a rousing medley of his most familiar pieces, plus two pieces with vocalist Kathleen Murphy. They also played conductor Kat McCusker’s Skippin’.
The program opened with Brighton Brass ensemble playing trumpeter Tom Rudd’sSalutations, a dynamic fanfare with great tympani accents, composed as a tribute to the residents of Brighton. The full orchestra followed with Kat McCusker’s aptly titledStep Lively, Kawika Berthelette’s The Fallen, and conductor/violist Geoffrey Lehr’s fast moving Brighton Fanfare, with interactive orchestration and ringing punctuation.
The University of Colorado School of Music provided two works for string orchestra— thirty year old Brian Kelly’s somber Valediction and Kurt Mehlenbacher’s very complexFaded White. Both composers were present in the moderately sized and enthusiastic audience.
Woodworks, the entire woodwind section, played Kat McCusker’s arrangement of Handel’s Hornpipe in F from Water Music. BrightonMusic Wind Ensemble, with percussion, performed the very pleasing and emotional Playful, Pensive, and Proud,composed by French horn player Marla Seth.
William Andrews (tuba player Richard’s brother) composed an eloquent suite, Minstrel Faire, which Trillseekers (flutes plus oboe ensemble) played with great sensitivity. The concert concluded with violinist Louis Jendras’ Tragischeflote, a hilarious spoof of Mozart’s Magic Flute overture.
The entire concert provided much diversity in music, moods, and instrumentation, and was an impressive celebration of local talented creativity in just over one hour.
BrightonMusic Orchestra, together with Bright’n Jazz band, will present the final concert of the season, “Music You Can’t Refuse”, on Sunday April 6th at 4p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 510 South 27th Avenue, Brighton.
The orchestra opens with the appealing little tone poem, “Bellingrath Gardens”, inspired by the elegant formal gardens outside Mobile, Alabama. Next on the program is a rather complete medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Sound of Music”, including the title theme song plus “My Favorite Things”, “Do Re Mi”, “Edelweiss”, and “Climb Every Mountain”, among others. The love theme from “Godfather” closes the first third of the one hour concert.
Bright’n Jazz takes over for the mid portion, playing familiar old favorites. Vocalist Catherine Murphy performs Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now” and Motown’s Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier song “How Sweet It Is”. The band then plays five instrumental numbers including “Grooving Easy” and the stirring “Malaguena” by Ernesto Lecuona.
The orchestra returns, with strings playing conductor Geoffrey Lehr’s “Fairy Tales”, featuring mellow first violins playing over a pizzicato background. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Symphonic Reflections” is a medley of songs from “Jesus Christ Superstar” plus “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from “Evita”, and “Memory” from Cats”.
“Twice Shy” is a jazzy piece for full orchestra by conductor Kat McCusker. The concert closes with another show tune medley “Broadway Tonight”, including the songs “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, “Soon It’s Gonna Rain”, “Try to Remember”, “That’s Entertainment”, and “People”.
Admission, as usual, is free.
Submitted by Bobbette Ranney
What a great time we had at the season-end picnic!
Bobbette was kind enough to host the party this year, and boy did she have it set up for us! Croquet, volleyball, badminton…
Unfortunately, the weather soon turned into the wetter, and we dodged droplets to come inside and eat…
From hot dogs and hamburgers, ribs, tasty appetizers and scrumptious desserts to salads – so many kinds of salad!
We even got to see Bobbette’s newly-birthed lambs.
Eventually, Marion pulled out the piano bench and serenaded us for a while.
All good things must come to an end, though, and after a couple of games of billiards, it was time to call it a day. Myself, I can’t wait for next year!