Starlight Tea—Lancaster British Brass Band
Saturday, May 4, 2019
On Saturday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. the Starlight Tea series is thrilled to welcome the return of one of the most popular performing ensembles in the region: the Lancaster British Brass Band! Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Arthur Allen, this group of 25 brass instrumentalists and 3 percussionists has a sound that has been compared to “one big, magnificent pipe organ.”
Dr. Allen came into prominence in the UK as one of the finest euphonium players of his generation. An associate professor of music at Rider University, Dr. Allen is also a visiting professor of Euphonium at Rutgers University in New Jersey. In 2004, Dr. Allen founded the Princeton Brass Band, an ensemble‐in‐residence at Rider University since 2010, of which he is Musical Director.
Brass bands borrow from virtually every musical genre for concert programs. A typical program consists of transcriptions of classics, marches, hymns, popular music arrangements, solos and, last but not least, original compositions written for the medium. Programs are selected for a balanced presentation that attempts to please a wide range of tastes and interests.
As with all Starlight Tea concerts, admission is free with a free‐will offering taken. This popular group is sure to attract a large audience so plan to arrive early for your choice of seats! And, stay afterward for tea and cookies and the opportunity to meet these talented performers.