Annual Croissant Concert : Today’s Brass Quintet
- $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
- $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
- $15 General Admission
- $10 Student
- Mitchell Wechsler, trumpet
- Joseph DeMarsh, tuba
- Jean Moorehead Libs, trumpet
- Brian Robson, trombone
- Alan Taplin, French horn
Kick off the holiday season in Kerrytown! For 30 years, KCH audiences have enjoyed this annual entry into the holiday season; great performance, great croissants (The Croissant Shop), coffee and juice---fresh squeezed from Sparrow Market! Praised by the International Trumpet Guild Journal as a truly "impressive" ensemble that will absolutely "dazzle the listener," Today's Brass Quintet has been a cornerstone of the Kerrytown District holiday experience since their first performance here in 1984, making this their 30th annual concert. True to the tradition, concert guests will enjoy complimentary fresh baked croissants, hot coffee and juice while taking in the rich, sonorous, festive sounds of traditional brass quintet music.
Today's concert is supported by a generous contribution from KCH member Carolyn Bartle in memory of her husband Robert who was a French horn player and a fan of Today's Brass Quintet!
Watch a clip of one of the group's performances last year:
Born and raised in New York City, Mitchell started performing at an early age, singing in the children's chorus at The Metropolitan Opera, attending the Suzuki violin school and eventually starting his trumpet studies while enrolled at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. He went on, as a scholarship student, to earn Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Hartford and Rice University studying trumpet with Chris Gekker and Armando Ghitalla. While pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia, Mitch performed and toured with the Bulldog Brass Quintet and his mentor, Fred Mills of the Canadian Brass. As a freelancer, Mitch has appeared with a diverse group of ensembles including the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, New World Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Theater Guild Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theater, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
Joseph DeMarsh, tuba, grew up in suburban Detroit and holds degrees in music education and tuba performance from the University of Michigan School of Music. He has been Principal Tuba with the Flint Symphony Orchestra since 1987 and also performs with the Toledo Concert Band as section leader and soloist. He is also the orchestra director at Tappan Middle School in the Ann Arbor Public Schools where he has taught music since 1987.
Jean Moorehead Libs
Jean Moorehead Libs, trumpeter, did her BME, MM and DMA studies at the University of Michigan School of Music with Clifford P. Lillya and Armando Ghitalla. Formerly Principal Trumpet with the Singapore Symphony Jean remains active as a performer and educator throughout the Midwest, currently performing with Today's Brass, The Ann Arbor Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra and the Michigan Chamber Brass. A dedicated educator, Miss Moorehead has held teaching positions at; Olivet College, The United World College of Southeast Asia, Northern Michigan University, Wayne State University, The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan All State program at Interlochen. During her tenure as Pedagogy Editor for the International Trumpet Guild Journal Jean was the author and editor of dozens of publications for and with America's leading trumpeters. Currently Jean is adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Concordia University of Ann Arbor, clinician and adjudicator MSBOA (Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association) and a contributing editor for Balquhidder Music and Elan Brass Press. Jean recently completed the second edition of Clifford Lillya's "Method for Trumpet book Two" with colleagues Dennis Horton and Rob Roy McGregor.
Brian Robson, trombonist, received his BM and MM from the University of Michigan. He is active as a soloist and free-lance performer on both trombone and euphonium. He has performed with the Detroit Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the Detroit Concert Band, the Toledo Concert Band, the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra and the Detroit Chamber Winds.. Mr. Robson has been a member of the faculty of Concordia College, Ann Arbor and the University of Toledo. He is currently Principal Trombone of the Warren Symphony.
Alan Taplin, horn, grew up in Livonia, Michigan. He has been a member of the Toledo Symphony’s horn section and brass quintet since 1981. He has been an arranger for the Symphony since 1980. Alan has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Louisville Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Very active as a freelance/chamber musician in Ohio and Michigan, he has recorded commercially in Detroit, Chicago and Toledo. Mr. Taplin has a Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of Michigan in horn performance. He studied with Louis Stout and Harry Berv. He has served on the faculties of Olivet College, Concordia College, Heidelberg College, the University of Toledo and Hillsdale College.