Merion Concert Band

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Sunday, November 9th, 3 PM

Church of the Redeemer

230 Pennswood Road, Bryn Mawr

We hope you will join us for our Fall Concert featuring world-renowned tuba soloist and River City Brass conductor James Gourlay as he dances through Martin Ellerby’s Tuba Concerto and then takes you to Hungary for the traditional folk dance Czardas.  The band will be playing Mr. Gourlay’s own arrangement of this piece.


Other selections on the program are Richard Strauss’ Konigsmarch, Sevens by Samuel Hazo, the Sinfonians by Clifton Williams, El Camino Real by Alfred Reed, the always popular Hampden Fireman March by G. Robert Rehrer, Long Gray Line by James Barnes and One Life Beautiful by Julie Giroux. “There is much to draw the audience in,” said Merri Lee Newby, President of the Merion Concert Band. “One Life Beautiful is a deeply moving piece, dedicated to the memory of Heather Cramer Reu and commissioned by her family,” said Ms. Newby. “The sanctuary at Church of the Redeemer is a beautiful place in which to hear this piece and reflect on the sacred and precious nature of life,” she added.

Allen Tollen, Newtown Square resident and long-time Merion Concert Band member in the trumpet/cornet section, is very excited to have Mr. Gourlay performing with the band. He heard Mr. Gourlay perform about six years ago in Manchester, England, and had lunch with him last year during a community band event in Pittsburgh. “He’s a wonderful teacher,” said Mr. Tollen. After Mr. Gourlay’s concerto performance in Manchester, “he was absolutely delightful in speaking to the audience and his playing is world-class great.” As for playing with him on this concert, Mr. Tollen said “I have no doubt it will be fun.”

This concert is free and open to the public. There is ample parking and the facility is wheelchair accessible.


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