PLAINVILLE - The Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble’s annual “Sunday at the Pops” concert this Sunday at Chippens Hill Middle School will include music from James Bond, My Fair Lady and Amistad was well as an armed forces salute.
The concert will be held at 4 p.m. at the school at 551 Peacedale St., and will feature 10 to 11 performances by the 65 member ensemble directed by Richard Theriault, the Immanuel Lutheran School children’s choir directed by George Tavernier as well as a solo piano performance of the third movement of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto by James Santucci.
“James has been a friend of mine for many years,” said Theriault. “He is also a flute player but his main instrument is the piano. He has been working all year to prepare for this concerto. We normally perform this concert at Prospect United Methodist Church but we chose Chippens Hill this time because the school has a really nice grand piano that we will have center stage.” Theriault said that he is very excited to have the ensemble play “Dry your Tears Afrika”, written by John Williams for the Amistad Soundtrack, which the choir will also sing along with. The ensemble will also perform James Bond songs including the title theme, “Goldfinger,” “Nobody Does it Better,” “Skyfall” and “Live and Let Die.” The concert will also include a salute to veterans with a performance of the Armed Service Medley, in which veterans are invited to stand when the theme of their branch of service plays, as well as America the Beautiful.
Announcer Greg Hahn will ask the audience to “Name that Tune” as a series of other well-known pieces are played and then the concert will conclude with the finale - Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
The Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble typically perform five concerts a year. This includes a spring concert around St. Patrick’s Day, a veterans’ concert in November and another show with the Bristol Choral Society at Christmas time. The ensemble will also perform at the Bristol Senior Center in June.
“This really is a Bristol event,” he said. “Greg does a great job as narrator and we usually get a lot of older folks to come out and hear us play. It’s a lot of fun.”
Theriault said that the ensemble rehearses every Thursday night at Prospect United Methodist Church from 7 to 9 p.m. Those who are interested in performing with the group are encouraged to come to rehearsals and to have at least high school level experience with their instrument.
“We have had a couple students from Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central High School join recently,” he said. “It’s great for the high school kids to have a chance to play challenging music, step up to the plate and grow their abilities.”
Admission to the concert is free but donations are welcome and appreciated.
For more information, call Greg Hahn at 860-965-7178.
For updates on the Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble’s upcoming concert schedule, visit bbandwe.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.