There's nothing quite like expertly played brass music for stirring the senses and touching the heart. From the tender tone of the French horn and the subtleties of the trumpet, to the smoothness of the trombone and the resonance of the tuba, brass instruments can handle a vast repertoire that includes classical, jazz, folk, sacred, ceremonial and popular works. On April 24 and 25, join the SweetWater Music Festival at Georgian Shores United Church as we celebrate this versatile family of instruments.
Friday, April 24 will see some of the best brass musicians in Grey and Bruce counties come together under the exceptional direction of Canadian brass music icon Don Johnson. Johnson moved to the Grey/Bruce area after a career which included long associations with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, CBC radio and television, Toronto's Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Humber Music Program. He will conduct musicians from a variety of well-known Grey/Bruce music organizations including the Georgian Bay Symphony, Georgian Sound Big Band, Lighthouse Swing Band, Noodle Factory Jazz Ensemble, Kincardine Brass Band, the Port Elgin Community Band and the Southampton Community Band.
On Saturday afternoon at 2 pm, members of True North Brass, who so impressed audiences at last year's Brass Festival, will work with student and community players in a supportive coaching environment which is open to the public.
Then, on Saturday evening, True North Brass will deliver another of their superlative concerts, incorporating works by Howard Cable, James McGrath, J.S. Bach, Duke Ellington, W.A. Mozart, Morley Calvert, Calixa Lavallée, and True North Brass's own Scott Irvine and Alastair Kay. This fine concert will also include a tribute to Joan Watson, a long-time and valued member of True North Brass, who passed away in Owen Sound in March of this year.

source: media release, SweetWater Music Festival

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