GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

December 12, 2012

Manchester chapel hosts caroling with Epic Brass Quintet

By Gail McCarthy
Staff Writer

---- — MANCHESTER — A family-friendly Christmas concert and sing-along, featuring Earl Raney’s Epic Brass Quintet, will be held at the historic Crowell Chapel in Manchester on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1:30 p.m.

The Boston-based Epic Brass Quintet has entertained audiences from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, from the Boston Esplanade to Merv Griffin’s Resort in Palm Springs, Fla. The Washington Post wrote in a review that Epic Brass musicians “... were impressive ... and proclaim Christmas to our ears as vividly as the smell of fresh-cut evergreens does to our noses.”

The Historic Manchester Trust, which is sponsoring the event, wants to encourage families to bring their children, and to that end, children younger than 12 are free.

Woody Kelly, one of the organizers, said the program was chosen especially for Crowell Chapel. The program is diverse and includes selections from “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky, “Sheep May Safely Graze” from Cantata No. 208 by Sebastian Bach, and favorite singalongs such as “Joy to the World,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “The First Noel” and “White Christmas.”

“This event is ideal for parents, children and grandparents, to lift your spirits and become a treasured memory,” said Kelly.

The restored Crowell Chapel has proven to be a venue to showcase a variety of musical entertainment, and organizers look forward to this new kind of performance with the band’s musical versatility. The quintet is comprised of Earl Raney and Jeff Popadic, both on trumpet; Neil Godwin, French horn; Brian Diehl, trombone; and Michael Milnarik, tuba.

The singalongs will be mixed in throughout the show. Other selections to be performed include “Canzona per Sonare No. 2” by Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612), “Ding Dong, Merrily on High;” a 16th century French traditional, “Canzona Bergamasca” by Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654), “Carol Fantasy” and “Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten” by Bach from Cantata No. 78.

Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for students, and free for children younger than 12. Advance tickets for this event are available online at www.crowellchapel.com, or from Woody Kelly at 617-755-9299 or at Nor’east Frameworks and North Coast Too.

Tickets also available at the door.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.