Sunday’s free concert in Azalea Park features an exclusive performance arranged solely for the summer American Music Festival in Brookings.
The Linfield College Festival Brass will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday in the bandshell at the park. The special group brings together 18 professional brass musicians – and a vocal soloist – from as far away as Seattle and the San Francisco Bay area.
All have some sort of connection to Linfield College, according to the conductor, Linfield College professor of music Dr. Joan Haaland Paddock.
Only the guest vocalist, Jessie Goergen, is from Brookings. She is a music and pre-law student at Linfield, scheduled to graduate in spring 2012.
The story of the special performance starts with another Linfield graduation two years ago, when Morgan Kocher of Brookings received his Linfield degree.
Once a year, Paddock organizes a brass ensemble for the baccalaureate ceremonies at Linfield. The brass performance stuck with Charles Kocher, Morgan’s father and a member of the American Music Festival board.
When an open date appeared on this summer’s schedule, Paddock approached the brass players, and found them willing to offer a special performance in Brookings. Eleven of the 19 musicians in Sunday’s program have played in the Linfield Baccalaureate Brass.
On the Brookings end of the arrangements, volunteer host families for the musicians are making the performance possible.
It all means that the Linfield College Festival Brass is meeting to rehearse for the first time today, and will play its only concert of the year at Azalea Park on Sunday.
Paddock will make the final selection of music today, choosing from groups she calls “Music Through the Ages,” “Music of Faith,” “Music of Place,” “Music of a Lighter Fare,” and “For All People.”
Possible selections include familiar titles such as the “Star Spangled Banner,” “Amazing Grace,” “Jupiter” from “The Planets,” and “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” from “Porgy and Bess.”
Jessie Goergen will be featured in George Gershwin’s “The Man That I Love” and “Orange Colored Sky,” a jazz classic best known for a version by Nat King Cole.
As a result of the arrangements for the concert, Goergen is earning Linfield credits as a summer intern with the American Music Festival and the Stagelights Musical Arts Community.
The other featured soloist will be trombone player Tony Collins of Santa Rosa, Calif., performing in “Morceau Symphonique” by Alexandre Guilmant.
So that she can also play trumpet in some of the music, Paddock will share the conducting duties with David Bryan, a Linfield graduate and trombone player from Portland, as well as John Dulaney, a trumpet player from Salem whose mother worked at Linfield.
Other performers for the Linfield College Festival Brass will include:
Trumpets: Guy Clark and Laura Shea-Clark of Los Gatos, Calif.; Dick Elliott of Newberg; Tom Hyde of Graton, Calif., and Rob Lenicheck of Palo Alto, Calif.
Horns: Dave Crane of Salem, Benjamin Garrett of Keizer, MaryRuth Helppie of Salem, and Chris Leuba of Seattle, Wash.
Trombones: Bryan Collins, and Phil and Gayle Neuman of Oregon City.
Euphonium: Paul Paddock of McMinnville.
Tubas: Charles Bolton of Damascus, and Phillip Rundquist of Keizer.
As with all American Music Festival concerts, admission is free, thanks to the donations of sponsors and those who come to the performances.
Concert-goers should bring their own chairs or blankets for seating. The Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor will offer concessions from its Snack Shack.
In case of poor weather, the concerts move to the Redwood Theater in downtown Brookings.
The concerts continue at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 24, with a performance by the Craig Allen Blues Band.