To The Editor:
I attended an excellent concert on January 5 given by the New Britain Symphony Orchestra at the stately South Congregational - First Baptist Church in New Britain. The music was provided by a Brass Quintet consisting of 5 musicians, trumpeters Larry Gareau and Frank Gawle, French Horn player Marjorie Seymour Callaghan, trombonist Topher Logan and tuba player Walter Gibson, as well as the church’s large pipe organ, played by Floyd Higgins.
The concert consisted of holiday music and was originally scheduled before Christmas, but was cancelled due to weather.
But judging by the several standing ovations, it was a perfect way to mark the 12th day of Christmas and the end of the holiday season!
The program consisted of 14 songs and three encores. The organ and brass instruments combined for the opening song, Come All Ye Faithful, as well as Carol of the Bells, Greensleeves (What Child Is This) and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.
The Brass Quintet played Joy to the World, The Nutcracker Waltz of the Flowers, Go Tell It on the Mountain, We Three Kings, and Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, as well as Feliz Navidad as one of the encores.
The organ played several solos consisting of Bach’s “Wachet Auf” (Sleepers Wake) and Noel, as well as Franck’s Prelude and Variation, and Bach’s “In Dulci Jubilo.”
The organ and brass instruments combined for a rousing final song, in which the deep bass of the pipe organ shook the entire church -he pews!
The program quoted a 5th Grade participant in the 2019 Young People’s Concert essay contest, “What music means to me”: “Music is like the sun warming the earth.” Indeed, after a free will offering and refreshments, we all left the church with our hearts warmed by the music we had heard!
The next NBSO concert will be held on Mother’s Day evening May 9.
John Montalbano, Esq.