By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Local students and five music educators will perform at The Grand Halle on Broad Street on Jan. 6, marking the venue’s first live entertainment event of 2017.
The brass quintet known as BrassWorks is set to entertain audiences with a variety of classical and contemporary musical selections beginning at 7 p.m. that evening.
“The Johnstown BrassWorks got its start at The Grand Halle four years ago,” said Kim Rauch, The Grand Halle’s program director.
This is to be BrassWorks’ fourth appearance at The Grand Halle. The group formed in 2014 specifically to perform at the historic former church. They’ve since shared their talents inside other venues in the region.
BrassWorks members include Eric Pfeil and Tom Hiravi on trumpet; Jerrod Cannistraci on French horn; Josh Brumbaugh on trombone; and Jason June on tuba.
“These are all music teachers who, of course, also are musicians who don’t get much chance to perform,” Grand Halle Manager Dave Hurst said. “We’re pleased that The Grand Halle gives them that opportunity — and that they want to come back year after year. Their brass instruments sound brilliant there.”
The students accompanying Pfeil, Hiravi, Cannistraci, Brumbaugh and June will represent the following school districts: Greater Johnstown, Penn Cambria, Richland, Somerset and Westmont Hilltop.
“We’d like to think that by providing students with the opportunity to perform here, perhaps these students will be inspired to pursue a career in music,” Rauch said.
This concert is part of The Grand Halle Performance Series, which is underwritten in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
The Grand Halle on Broad Street is located at 306 Broad St., on the corner of Broad and Third Avenue, in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood.
Tickets for the BrassWorks show can be purchased at www.GrandHalle.com and also will be sold at the door. For more information about the concert or The Grand Halle Performance Series, call 814-536-7986.
Hurst said that this will be the first of many concerts to look forward to inside The Grand Halle this year.
“We have some great choral programs scheduled, including Duquesne University’s choir in March and the annual Broadway show in April,” Hurst said.
As for this show, Hurst labeled it as one not to be missed.
“Instrumental music sounds spectacular in The Grand Halle,” Hurst said. “The Gothic space is beautiful, and the Halle is still decorated for the holidays.
“There aren’t that many opportunities to hear good classical and contemporary music played by brass alone. So this should be a very satisfying evening.”