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Bridgeport Quintet Kicks Off Weston Church Concert Series

The Greater Bridgeport Symphony Quintet will kick off the Emmanuel Church 2016 Summer Concert Series June 22.
The Greater Bridgeport Symphony Quintet will kick off the Emmanuel Church 2016 Summer Concert Series June 22. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

WESTON, Conn. – Weston’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church will kick off the 2016 summer concert series with music from the Greater Bridgeport Symphony’s Brass Quintet, coupled with an ice cream social in the church hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22.

A follow-up concert featuring jazz musician Dr. Joe Utterback and vocalist Kristin Huffman will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13.

Both musical programs will last one hour, sans an intermission. Admission is free (though donations are welcomed) and the event is open to the public.

The Greater Bridgeport Symphony Brass Quintet has been brought back by popular demand. The group was featured and hailed a success at Emmanuel’s standing-room only “Broadway Bound,” salute in February. Members of the group include John Charles Thomas, Jens Larsen, Jaime Thorne, Scott Cranston and Stephen Perry.

The quintet’s eclectic program will include “Canzona Bergamasca,” “Contrapunctus IX,” “A Bricolage of Brahms,” “Allegro Moderator” from Symphony for Brass, “Simple Gifts,” “The Entertainer,” “Stardust,” “Rosetta,” “Tin Roof Blues,” “Black Orpheus,” “So What,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “Beyond the Sea.”

The July 13 summer concert will appeal to jazz enthusiasts and beyond, featuring a popular music duo whose set is titled, “We Have Comedy in our Blood,” drawing from Broadway comedy scores.

Utterback has been a compelling artist on the American jazz scene for more than 50 years, marked by long-term gigs at the jazz centers of Kansas City, St. Louis, San Francisco and currently, New York City. Utterback also has taken part in extensive European and American tours and has nearly 400 published compositions.

Also part of the July 13 jazz event is acclaimed actress, teacher and singer Huffman. Huffman appeared as Sarah in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Company,” and her two-decade career is marked by professional performances with operas, theaters and symphonies throughout the United States. Huffman also played Christine in the European tour of “Phantom of the Opera.”

Emmanuel Church is at 285 Lyons Plain Road, Weston.

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