The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s best brass musicians will be featured in the next performance of “inSPIREd: JSO at the Grand Halle” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.
Performing a program titled “Brass Through the Ages,” the JSO Brass Quartet is comprised of Matthew Barabas, JSO Principal Trumpet; Kevin Eisensmith, JSO Trumpet 2; Bruce Tychinski, JSO Principal Trombone; and Dana Menser, JSO Trombone 2.
This will be the second performance in an exciting new chamber music collaboration between the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Halle on Broad Street called “inSPIREd.” The debut program was performed on March 20 by the Principal String Quartet of the JSO. Called “A Grand Premiere,” the program not only debuted the chamber music series but represented the first live-music performance by members of the JSO in more than a year, and the first public event in the beautifully renewed Grand Halle on Broad Street, which received a $500,000 facelift in early 2020. It also was the first public event permitted in the Grand Halle by the easing of pandemic restrictions by the PA Department of Health.
“Our March concert represented something very special for the JSO and the Grand Halle: the beginning of the end of a long and difficult time for our organizations,” said Jessica Satava, JSO Executive Director. “To be together safely with our community and escape to a world of music was exciting.
“We received excellent feedback from those who attended, so we’re thrilled to be able to offer another opportunity to do that featuring our brass quartet,” continued Satava. “The combination of this breathtaking space and transcendent music is like taking a vacation for your soul, and that’s something we can all use right now.”
While the Grand Halle is too small to host the entire Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, its soaring Gothic arches and fluted-vaulted ceiling create a highly resonate space that makes a small chamber ensemble sound like a full orchestra – yet enable the listener to distinguish and follow each individual performer. The pairing of such a space with excellent musicianship results in inspired experiences for performer and audience alike.
“We are so excited to host Johnstown Symphony chamber ensembles here at the Grand Halle,” said Kim Rauch, Program Director. “For certain types of performance art this room is unmatched in its brilliance, and we think chamber music is one that will work incredibly well here.
“We’ve had brass ensembles perform here in the past and know wonderful they sound,” Rauch continued. “We invite everyone to come and experience this dynamic collaboration that we call ‘inspired.’”
Due to current state restrictions, limiting the Grand Halle to 25 percent of occupancy, only 65 tickets will be sold to this performance. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced. Tickets are available at GrandHalle.com or by calling 814-536-7986.