NBSO Musicians at Buzzards Bay Brewing July 2

Jun 27, 2023

Celebrate America and our brewery's 25th Anniversary with an afternoon of the New Bedford Symphony's top ensembles, amazing locally grown and malted craft beer, wine, and food trucks!
This is a tented, seated (general admission) event that is rain or shine.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children under 14.

Gates open at Noon. Music starts at 1:00 pm with each ensemble playing for 45 minutes.

Food Trucks are:

Fancheezical (one of New England's top 10 trucks featuring gourmet grilled cheese)
Ja Patty (Jamaican Patties, jerk chicken and more).

Our Symphonic Performances
1:00 PM: Strings

Emma Powell, violin
Anna Griffis, viola
Peter Zay, cello

String players from the New Bedford Symphony present a light summer fare of works for quartet. The group will perform Missy Mazzoli's Death Valley Junction (2010), a piece inspired by the desolate town of the same name, which is home to three people, a café, a hotel, and a fully functional opera house, excerpts from Alexander Borodin's famously melodic String Quartet No. 2 (1881), and Lyric Quartet (1960), a piece subtitled Musical Portraits of Three Friends written by groundbreaking African American composer and conductor William Grant Still. Weaving throughout these pieces will be selections from Wood Works (2014), the Danish String Quartet's lively and charming arrangements of Nordic folk tunes.

2:00 PM: Woodwind Trio

Tim Macri, flute
Margo McGowan, clarinet
Rachel Juszczak, bassoon
The woodwind trio consisting of flute, clarinet, and bassoon will begin with a work by Romantic composer Luigi Picchianti (1786-1864). Not much is known about this Florentine native. This trio in 4 movements is skillfully written and a delight to the ear. Making for an effective and easy contrast, the “Cinq Pièces en Trio” by famed 20th-century composer Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) consists of 5 brief but colorful vignettes. The program concludes with a rousing work in 3 movements by Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837). Though a child prodigy, Hummel was the well-adjusted, good-natured colleague of many of his contemporaries. He was a student of Mozart and Salieri and a lifelong friend of Beethoven. Like most of his music, this trio is filled with zest and exuberance.

3:00 PM: Brass Quintet

Geoff Shamu, trumpet
Sam Thurston, trumpet
Paulina Aguirre, french Horn
Seth Budahl, trombone
James Monaghan, bass trombone
Beer and brass music (and brass musicians and beer, for that matter) share a long and storied history. But do not expect Oktoberfest Oom-pah from the NBSO brass quintet for this performance at Buzzards Bay Brewery. Instead, a selection of favorite classical, film, vintage American, and international music is on tap. The set features transcriptions of works written originally for everything from solo voice to full orchestra—by such composers as Bizet, Lennon/McCartney, and Morricone—reimagined for horn, trumpets, and trombones… with just a kiss of the Pops.