The Bay Brass is an ensemble consisting of brass players from the Bay Area’s leading performing organizations. These include the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and Symphony Silicon Valley. Many of the members also maintain studios at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). Their repertoire includes both pieces composed explicitly for brass resources and arrangements.
At the end of this month, The Bay Brass will bring a program they have been preparing, entitled Moving Pieces, to the stage of the SFCM Concert Hall. That program will feature three world premieres, one of which, “Fun in the Sun,” was composed by one of their horn players, Jonathan Ring. Another world premiere, the three-movement Bay Suite, was composed by SFCM student Nick Benavides and will be performed alongside students in the SFCM Brass Department. The final world premiere will by “Mystery Train,” by Rob Mounsey.
The program will also include a brass version of “Chicago, 2012,” the second movement of Mason Bates’ Alternative Energy suite, which was inspired by the apparatus at Fermilab used for high-energy research. (The original suite was performed in its entirety when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra visited Davies Symphony Hall in February of 2012.) There will also include original compositions by James Beckel and Anthony Di Lorenzo and arrangements of music by Giovanni Gabrielli, Gioacchino Rossini, Johannes Brahms, and Claude Debussy. Edwin Outwater, currently Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, will conduct.
This concert will take place on Monday, February 24, at 8 p.m. in the SFCM Concert Hall. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and Friends of the Conservatory. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 415-503-6275. (The Box Office is located in the lobby of the SFCM building at 50 Oak Street; and its regular hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday.)