Posts Tagged ‘Austin Wonder Brass’

The weather permitted

concert under the treesAustin music under Austin trees was the treat that it promised to be. The skies opened up late in the afternoon, but the sun was breaking through by 7 pm and the grass was dry enough for the audience to set down blankets and beach towels in order to enjoy the dual concert in complete comfort on the very finest St. Augustine greensward I’ve seen anywhere in Austin for years and years.

There seems to be some overlap in membership between the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble and Austin Wonder Brass. Except for one person on percussion, though, the latter is brass and only brass, omitting the non-brass woodwinds of the first group.

Patriotic music was not overlooked, but my personal favorite was a medley played by Austin Wonder Brass that seemed to contain an arrangement of every single melody from The Mikado. Two beautiful hours of beautiful sound and with practically no time wasted on setting up and changing out: what a treat!

Free and festive and brassy

Austin Wonder BrassUnder the trees and away from the noise of traffic, here’s a chance to hear old-fashioned music the old-fashioned way, truly unamplified and played by Austin friends and neighbors purely for their own enjoyment and that of their listeners. No money changes hands here, and it’s a wonderful family occasion. People may bring their own seating or blankets, and children are free to scamper at will.

All this takes place tomorrow evening, one day before the Glorious Fourth, two blocks east of South Congress. There’s no bandstand, but Grace United Methodist Church has made its little gem of a bower available to the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, set to play beginning at 7 pm, and to the Austin Wonder Brass, which will play immediately thereafter. Here’s an entry from the first time I heard the Wonder Brass; the photo shows Aunt Grace’s Garden, which has even more amenities now.

It’s easy to walk or bicycle or take a bus or ‘Dillo up or down Congress (or even park a motor vehicle nearby, despite the fact that July 3 will be a First Thursday on South Congress): Aunt Grace’s Garden is at the corner of East Monroe and Brackenridge. This is a weather-permitting event.

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