Past Concerts

Classics Concert February 23, 2023

Homespun 2022, Sunday October 30
Pre-concert – Lakewood Symphony Brass Quintet 3:30 pm in foyer
Conducted by Director Kathleen McCusker except as noted
Coyote and Roadrunner – James Pauley
Processional – Joshua Michel   performed by Joshua Michel Quintet
Loose Pocket Watch – Todd Swingle  performed by Lakewood Symphony Brass Quintet
Zot Mini March – William Morton
Russian Waltz – Geoffrey Lehr
Lizard Rag – Louis F. Jendras, conducted by Assistant Director Megan Spaulding
Stern Words– William Morton, conducted by Assistant Director Megan Spaulding
Highland Festival – Kathleen McCusker featuring bagpiper Charlene Michel
Brighton Fanfare – Geoffrey Lehr, conducted by Assistant Director Megan Spaulding
Prairie Dog Rag – Louis F. Jendras, conducted by Assistant Director Megan Spaulding
MeH – composed and performed by Michael Halleck on guitar
John Denver In Concert – Arranged by Alan Billingsley
What Matters Most – Music: Dave Grusin Lyrics: Alan & Marilyn Bergman Soloist: Jay Canales
Alterations – Music: Andrea Ramsey Lyrics: Priscilla White
My Vision – Trad. Irish Melody Arr: Hannah Greene  Lyrics: Dallan Forgaill, translated by Mary Byrne
They All Dance the Samba – Words & music by Jean Berger
I Lived – Words & Music by Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella

Stage & Screen Concert, Sunday, May 1 2022 4:00 – 6:00 pm First Presbyterian, Brighton, CO 80601
orchestra – Andrew Lloyd Webber: Symphonic Reflections    arr. Bruce Chase
choir – Sixteen Tons    Merle Travis/arr. Ruth Artman
Hallelujah from “Hit the Deck”   Leo Robin, Clifford Grey, Vincent Youmans/arr. Mark Hayes
combined groups – The Music of M-G-M (A Choral Medley)      arr. Greg Gilpin/orch. Pete Schmutte
orchestra – Oliver! Concert Orchestra Selections      Lionel Bart/arr. Alfred Reed
Intermission (Bake Sale)
Selections from Les Miserables Claude-Michel Schonberg/arr. Bob Lowden
Danzon from “Fancy Free”    Leonard Bernstein/arr. Robert Longfield
Por Una Cabeza    Carlos Gardel/arr. Fedor Vrtacnik
soloists: Jennifer van de Kamp, Ruth Duggar
choir – The Song That Goes Like This from Monty Python’s “Spamalot”  Eric Idle, John Du Prez/arr. Mac Huff
combined groups –My Fair Lady (Choral Medley) Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe/arr. Alan Billingsley

 George Frideric Handel’s Messiah Singalong, Sunday, April 10, 2022

–  1  Overture (Sinfonia)
–  2  Comfort Ye Tenor
–  3  Every Valley Tenor
–  4  And the Glory Chorus
–  8  Behold, a Virgin(Contr’) Alto
–  9  O Thou that Tellest (Contr’) Alto
-10  O Thou that Tellest (Chorus) Chorus
-13  For Unto Us Chorus
-14  Pastoral Symphony (PIFA) None
-15  There were Shepherds Soprano
-16  And Lo! The Angel Soprano
-17  And the Angel Said Soprano
-18  And Suddenly There Was With the Angel Soprano
-19  Glory to God Chorus
-20  Rejoice Greatly Soprano
-21  Worthy is the Lamb Chorus
-22  Hallelujah Chorus

Classical Concert, February 20, 2022
Choir and Orchestra

The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost/Randall Thompson 


Londonderry Air, Fred Weatherly

The Star of County Down, Irish Folk Tune/Arranged by Dale Grotenhuis

Sing We and Chant It, Thomas Marley, Edited by Geoffrey M Mason

Revise Your Plan! Mark Key Beall, John Carter


March Solennelle in D Major, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pavane Pour une Infante Defunte, Maurice Ravel

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Opus 46, Edvard Grieg 4 movements:

   1. Morgenstimmung

   2. Asese Tod

   3. Anitras Tanz

   4. Tanz in der Halle des Bergkönigs

Arias 11, 21, and 38 Johann Georg Pisendel

Homespun 2020 Pictures

SimcoxSculptureHomespun020920Steve Simcox: Alabaster Sculptures

WoodsCraftsHomespun020920Jenny Hoffman cards

WoodsHoffmanHomespun2020_020920Suzan Wood bake sale and crafts

HoffmanAfghanHomespun020920Jenny Hoffman afghan

MarshallMosaicHomespun020920Elizabeth Marshall mosaics

OdsenCraftsHomespun020920Catherine Odson embroidery

ShelleyLehrScarves020920Shelley Lehr Scarves

Christmas concert, December 11, 2016

Christmas Concert 12/11/2016

Hopak from the Christmas ’16 concert

(with pictures from the Spring ’16 concert)

Brighton Daily Post Picture

Christmas Program (inside)

Christmas Program (cover)

Sampling of pieces (performed by other than the Brighton Orchestra):
Christmas comes again:

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:

Stage ‘n Screen

April 24, 2016 4 pm

First Presbyterian Church, Brighton, CO


Bright’nJazz (3:30 pm)

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Sentimental Journey
Cry Me a River
In the Mood
Harlem Nocturne
Pink Panther
Peter Gunn
Blues in the Night
Route 66

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
4. Hoedown
Phantom of the Opera    Andrew Lloyd Webber/arr. Custer
Danzon                                                          Leonard Bernstein
From “Fancy Free”
Make Our Garden Grow                              Leonard Bernstein
From “Candide”
Pirates of the Caribbean                Klaus Badelt/arr. Ricketts

10th Annual Homespun Concert Feb 21, 2016

BrightonMusic Orchestra will present their annual free Homespun Concert on Sunday February 21 at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 510 South 27th Avenue, Brighton. The Homespun Concert is a celebration of local creativity, with the entire program consisting of original compositions and arrangements by local composers.

This year principal conductor/substitute teacher Kat McCusker solicited contributions of original melodies from students in Brighton 27J, Adams 12, and Boulder Valley school districts. Nineteen responses were selected from children ranging from nine years to high school age. Each individual melody was then expanded and orchestrated into a short concert piece by one of several resident composers of the orchestra.

Roughly half of the program is composed by adult musicians. Kat McCusker’s “Gallagher’s Gait” is a playful depiction of a baby tiger frolicking, then taking a nap, from which he awakens with a roar to frolic again. She also wrote the lively program closer “Merry Chase” and orchestrated a G.P. Telemann horn suite.

Violinist Louis Jendras wrote a fun ragtime piece “Prairie Dog Rag”, “Fugue in G” for string orchestra, and “Ragtime” for brass ensemble. Longtime Platte Valley Hospital chaplain, Daryl Meyers, will appear in a DVD presentation of his original vocal “Could It Be”.

Local Color magazine editor, Mark Humbert, composed the hilarious spoof on the Olympics, consisting of four short movements— the pompous “Let The Games Begin”, “O Couchpotatia”, “Hail, Hail Beerguzzla”, and “Philbiny National Anthem”. Bonnie and Steve Simcox join the composer as vocalists to help convey the humor.

The Homespun Concert is accompanied by a homemade bake sale and an all comers arts and crafts show, both of which can be visited before and after the concert and during intermission. Admission at all BrightonMusic Orchestra concerts is free.

Christmas Concert December 6, 2015

I know that lots of people made yesterday’s concert happen, but I wanted to extend to you and to all of the musicians/singers my gratefulness for the concert as well as my awe at how well it was done. I was needing to get home, but I stayed through “Sing We Now of Christmas” which is one of my favorites and I’m so glad I stayed to hear it. Thank you very much for a great program and for sharing it with our community and for allowing us to offer our community our building. It was a day of great joy and great song.

Pastor Matt Coplen

First Presbyterian Church, Brighton

And many thanks to Pastor Coplen and our home for many years, the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton!


Claim That Tune! October 9, 2015


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 or .

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.

Saga of the Prairies Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

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.

Homespun 2015 February 15, 2015

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.

Final Concert of the Season! Apr 6, 2104

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

2014 Season-end picnic

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…


and eat…


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!

Music You Can’t Refuse April 6, 2014

Join the BrightonMusic Orchestra as we play Music You Can’t Refuse on Sunday, April 6 at 4pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, 510 S 27th Ave,Brighton, CO 80601.

String Colors @ Inglenook March 23, 2014

We had a full audience.  They even had to bring in more chairs to accommodate all the folks.  At first when we started, Kat McCusker (our conductor) asked them if anyone knew how to whistle (because we were playing “Whistle A Happy Tune”).  No one responded and there were just blank stares.  We played the tune and everyone started to relax and enjoy the music.
A few songs later, after Kat cracked some more jokes, Kat asked a lady in the first row to play the claves.  Kat showed her how to beat them to a bossa nova beat.  She said she was worried she wouldn’t do a good job.  We started playing and she quietly hit the sticks to the beat.  Soon she was really into it and started to hold the sticks up in the air so everyone could see them.  At the end of the piece, Kat asked her to take a bow.  The audience was really into it by now and clapped enthusiastically.  She stood up and took a bow, even raising up her arms and smiling.
The rest of the performance was enjoyed by all and smiles abounded.  It was a pleasure to play for these folks and I hope we can do so again soon!