Brass under the trees

brasband.jpgThank you, Austin Wonder Brass, for the enchanting concert on the greensward. You are part of what makes Austin great, all the myriad unheralded bands, orchestras, and choruses, playing for the pure love of the music. The music began before sunset and ended long after darkness fell, featuring a potpourri of marches, light classics, and the unclassifiable, with some arranging done for brass by members of the band. Two of my least favorite compositions in all the world, “New York, New York” and Copland’s “Hoedown,” were highlights of the program. It must have been moonlight magic, which drew in passers-by originally in the vicinity to seek scarce First Thursday parking and which prompted babes in arms to coo and little children in the audience to skip and dance and frolic. Among the preconcert announcements most of interest to the parents in attendance was that the annual pumpkin patch just off South Congress will open on October 12.

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