Beacon Brass Quintet
August 19, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
We are pleased to announce our first concert of the season featuring the award winning, Boston based Beacon Brass Quintet. The performance will be held outdoors at the base of Cranmore Mountain on August 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., rain or shine. Bring a picnic and outdoor chair or blanket, and enjoy the music of this fabulous group.
Acclaimed in Bostonia Magazine as "one of the nation's finest chamber ensembles," the Beacon Brass Quintet was the first brass ensemble ever to win the distinguished Concert Artists Guild Award in 1983. Beacon Brass has performed in concert throughout the United States, on radio and television, including having recorded the theme music for "The Advocates" for PBS. In addition to concert venues, Beacon Brass has been featured at prestigious special events including a Carnegie Hall recital, the opening ceremonies of the John F. Kennedy Library and the centennial dinner for members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
RUSSIAN, trumpet, a North Conway resident, is currently principal of the Pro Arte Chamber
Orchestra and a member of the Springfield Symphony. He performed
regularly with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and has toured
extensively with them. He also appears frequently with the Boston
Ballet, Boston Classical Orchestra and Boston Lyric Opera. Dana has
performed with many choral groups including the Masterworks Chorale,
John Oliver Chorale, Chorus Pro Musica, Back Bay Chorale and Emmanuel
Music. He has performed with the Boston Opera Company, Rhode Island
Philharmonic, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the New Hampshire
Symphony Orchestra. Dana has been an instructor of trumpet at Tufts University, Brandeis University, Wellesley College and Harvard University.
DANA OAKES, trumpet, is currently a member of the Boston Ballet, Boston Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, and Landmarks Orchestra. He has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Rhode Island Philharmonic, New Hampshire Symphony, and other regional orchestras. Dana is active in contemporary music performing with MusicaViva and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Dana has recorded for PBS and A&E as a soloist and ensemble player. A graduate of the New England Conservatory he is currently on the faculty at MIT, the Boston Conservatory, and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
KEVIN OWEN, horn, is principal of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Boston Philharmonic. He has been a soloist with all of the above orchestras, as well as the New Haven Symphony, the Portland (Maine) Symphony, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, the North Shore Philharmonic, the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, as well as other orchestras. Kevin has toured internationally with the Empire Brass, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and was a first place winner in five chamber music competitions with the Boston Wind Quintet. He attended Boston University, where he was a Dean's Scholar and the winner of the Outstanding Brass Player Award as well as the Concerto-Aria and Boston Pops competitions.
HANS BOHN, trombone, is a member of the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Handel and Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music and the new music ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University, Hans performs regularly with the Boston Pops Esplanade orchestra and can be heard on several Boston Pops recordings. In addition, he is a member of Proteus 7, a chamber ensemble that travels throughout the country performing recitals and masterclasses and has recorded four discs for Dorian Records. Hans performs with symphony orchestras in Springfield, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Hartford and Portland, and has appeared with the Battle Creek Brass Band, Empire Brass Quintet, Grand Rapids Symphony, the Heidelburg Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra de Mineria in Mexico. Hans is trombone instructor at Tufts University and University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
KEN AMIS, tuba, has performed as a soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra and has been a member of the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra and the New World Symphony Orchestra. His performance skills are showcased on many commercial records distributed internationally.
After graduating from Boston University and becoming a licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, Mr. Amis attended the New England Conservatory where he earned a Master's degree in composition. In 2003, Mr Amis became the youngest recipient of the Conservatory's "Outstanding Alunmi Award."
Mr. Amis is presently the tuba player of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, a performing artist for Besson Instruments, the assistant conductor of the MIT Wind Ensemble, tuba professor at Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music, the New England Conservatory and wind ensemble director at the Conservatory at Lynn University. He also served on the faculties of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. In 2007, he was composer-in-residence at the South Shore Conservatory in Massachusetts.
BBQ website: https://www.thesoundofbeaconbrass.com/
The Annual Memorial Weekend Concert ~ A Tribute to Military Personnel-will hopefully become a 2021 Veteran's Day event!
The annual Memorial Weekend Concert featuring the Seacoast Wind Ensemble usually takes place during Memorial Day Weekend each year. The concert traditionally is enjoyed at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy. The Fryeburg venue is not available for a Veteran's Day concert this year, as school will be in session. WMMA is hoping to have a performance by the Seacoast group to commemorate Veteran's Day in November, and is awaiting approval from the Conway school department to feature the group at Kennett High School.
The performance by the Seacoast Wind Ensemble - a Sousa-style 50-piece band - has been underwritten by Col. Karen and Lt. Col. Jim Umberger US Air Force Retired, whose generous donation permits the public to attend this exciting concert without a charge for admission. Donations to support future WMMA concerts, however, will be gratefully accepted at the door.