MPO to host Harmonium Brass Quintet concert

Thursday, March 8, 2018
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The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra has a special event in store for its patrons this Saturday night, March 10. In place of the annual chamber concert featuring members of the philharmonic, this year, organizers have scheduled a full recital with the Harmonium Brass Quintet.

Philharmonic Director Kevin Lines listens whole-heartedly to audience requests, and one that occurs repeatedly is that the Marshall community loves its brass. Harmonium Brass, formed in 2009, has earned the reputation as one of Missouri’s top performing ensembles. The group is comfortable playing anything from early Renaissance music to contemporary compositions and everything in between including Big Band, Patriotic Marches and Show Tunes.

The group has both valuable music education experience as well as an extensive performing résumé and is listed by the Missouri Arts Council on the Missouri Touring Performers Directory. Harmonium Brass was honored to serve as the demonstration group for retired Canadian Brass trombonist and Sedalia native, Eugene Watts’ clinic, at the 2013 Missouri Music Educators Association state conference.

Members of Harmonium Brass include Paul Copenhaver and Chris Farris, trumpet, Michael O’Neill, horn, Larry Bennett, trombone, and Kyle Donnelly, tuba.

After teaching band in the Moberly Public Schools for 33 years, Copenhaver now teaches instrumental music at Moberly’s St. Pius X School and is also the Music Director of the Columbia Community Band.

Farris, a protégé of Copenhaver, teaches band for the Columbia Public School District and can be heard on a regular basis in the pit ensembles for summer productions at The Lyceum Theater.

O’Neill, a graduate of Central Methodist University, teaches music in Salisbury and performs frequently with Columbia Entertainment Company.

Larry Bennett, retired Macon R-1 band director, currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at Central Methodist University and was former assistant conductor of the Columbia Community Band.

Donnelly is the assistant band director for Boonville Public Schools. His accolades include finishing as a runner-up in the Music Teachers National Association young artist competition at the state level.

Saturday’s concert is free and will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Covenant Presbyterian Church located at 710 E. Yerby St. in Marshall. A meet and greet reception will be held immediately following the program.

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