Tower Brass Quintet to Perform Spirit of Christmas Brassed

Posted Dec 7th, 2010 by S Watkins  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


Nationally-known and Bowling Green-based brass ensemble The Tower Brass Quintet will offer two performances of their popular seasonal concert, Spirit of Christmas Brassed.

On Thursday, December 16th at 7:00 p.m. the Tower Brass Quintet will perform at Trinity United Methodist Church located at 200 N. Summit St. in Bowling Green. This concert will mark the Tower Brass’s 11th annual appearance at Trinity Church. There is no admission fee, but there will be a free-will offering at intermission. For more information, call Trinity Church at 419-353-9031.

Chamber Music Toledo will also present the Tower Brass in their holiday concert on Sunday, December 19th at 3:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, located at 200 E. Broadway, Maumee. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, children and senior citizens $5. For more information, call (419) 246-8000.

Christmas Brassed offers a full spectrum of holiday music, including classical and sacred music, brass ensemble arrangements of well-known traditional Christmas carols, and jazz renditions of popular tunes of the season. This year’s program will feature the return of “Emma’s Christmas,” the delightful story by Irene Trivas that has been set to music by Tower Brass tubist, David Saygers. WGTE’s Classical Music Director, Brad Cresswell will join the TBQ as narrator.

The Tower Brass Quintet has begun celebrating their 31st Season. Although they have built a national reputation, the ensemble’s roots are local, having had its beginnings as a graduate brass group at Bowling Green State University in 1979. After graduating from BGSU and launching their career as a professional chamber music ensemble, the Tower Brass scored international success with a prize-winning performance at the International Brass Chamber Music Competition in Barcs, Hungary, in 1986. They have since gone on to give more than 500 performances in twenty-five states and have collaborated with several of the world’s other premiere brass ensembles, including the London, Budapest, Annapolis and American Brass Quintets. Tower Brass concerts and recordings have been heard on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, the American Composer’s Alliance Series, Voice of America, Hungarian State Radio and WNCN in New York. Additionally, they have preformed twice on WGTE’s Live from FM91 Program. The Tower Brass Quintet has released eight recordings, including the holiday CD’s Snowed in …Again, and Emma’s Christmas, now in its second pressing. More information on the Tower Brass can be found at

Members of the Tower Brass Quintet are Brian Bushong and Larry Herman, trumpets; Bernice Schwartz, horn; Dan Saygers, trombone; and David Saygers, tuba. The Tower Brass Quintet is represented by Parsons Artists Management of Highland Park, Illinois.

The Tower Brass Quintet Spirit of Christmas Brassed
Thursday, December 16th
7:00 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church
200 N. Summit St., Bowling Green, Ohio.
Free-will offering at intermission.
Information: Trinity Church at 419-353-9031.

Chamber Music Toledo Holiday Concert
Featuring The Tower Brass Quintet
Sunday, December 19th
3:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Maumee
200 E. Broadway, Maumee, Ohio
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, children and senior citizens $5.
Information: The Toledo Symphony at (419) 246-8000

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