Motor City Brass Band presents sounds of the season

DEARBORN — The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center will host a performance by the Motor City Brass Band, a metropolitan Detroit British-style brass ensemble, for a “Sounds of the Season” showcase Dec. 13.

The concert is set to open with “Intrada Ein Feste Burg” by Ray Farr. Based on the chorale “Ein Feste Burg” by Martin Luther, who used words from Psalm 46, the song became a battle song during the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Farr’s setting contrasts the piety of the chorale with modern rhythms and harmonies.

The concert will continue with “The Kingdom Triumphant” by Eric Ball. A tone poem, “The Kingdom Triumphant,” features a crescendo drum roll and fanfare that will conjure a reminder of the last judgment. The piece moves onto more seasonal themes with reflections on the first Advent and then returns to the fanfare motif and hints at the second Advent.

MCBB then will present holiday favorites, including a setting of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” arranged by Stephen Bulla, and “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” featuring a duet by Jennifer Kmet and Bona Opatich.

In a full celebration of the season, MCBB will play “Rhapsody for Hanukkah, Festival of Lights” by Stephen Bulla. Originally commissioned by the Brass Band of Battle Creek, presenters say the work is a stirring arrangement of songs associated with the celebration of Hanukkah.

The performance will close with two holiday favorites: “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” arranged by Eric Wilson and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. For the latter MCBB will invite the audience to sing along.

Tickets purchased through the MCBB hotline are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. To purchase at the reduced rates call (248) 788-6618. Tickets purchased from the center box office are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. The box office can be reached at (313) 943-2354.

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