Music by foundational American songwriters George M. Cohan and Stephen Foster and a performance of “Deep River,” a song made famous by singer Paul Robeson, are all part of a Veterans Day concert Sunday in Everett.
The music will be performed by the Magnolia Brass Quintet, making its debut performance. The concert is the second organized by the Port Gardner Bay Music Society. The group is headed by Lee Mathews, longtime director of the Everett Chorale.
Mathews said that as he began considering what programs to schedule, he knew he wanted to have a Veterans Day event.
“It’s a great time to have a brass ensemble,” he said.
Mathews learned of Aaron Coe, a Seattle Pacific University graduate and trumpet and tuba player who has performed in brass quintets since he was in middle school.
He also learned that Coe had formed his own quintet of college-trained musicians: Tommy Ager, a University of Washington graduate and trombone player; Nikka Dellosa-Phillips,an SPU graduate and horn player; Kyle Erickson, a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate and classically trained trumpet player; and Ken Weller, a UW student and trumpet player.
The players have performed individually with a number of orchestras and instrumental ensembles.
“I’m really excited to hear them,” Mathews said. “It will be very good.”
In addition to the songs by Cohan and Foster, the group will perform “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” composed by William Steffe, a group of military songs entitled “Service Song Medley,” and traditional songs such as “Deep River,” by Harry Thacker Burleigh.
Port Gardner Bay also is planning a free event — a sing-along of holiday music scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 23 at the The First Presbyterian Church of Everett.
The event is scheduled close to the holiday “because we’ve been told by people it’s so hectic and they would like to come out and do Christmas and holiday carols,” Mathews said.
Mathews, who will lead the songs, said “We’ll probably end with a singalong of the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from ‘The Messiah.’”
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If you go
What: Magnolia Brass Quintet
When: 3 p.m. Nov. 11
Where: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 215 Mukilteo Blvd., Everett
Tickets: Adults $15, seniors $12, students $5