Tower Brass

Wednesdays, July 20 & 27, 7:50PM

Tower Music is a free community event, open to the public led by Tower Music Director Suzanne Mudge.

Samuel Scheidt, Centone

Gioseffo Guami, Canzon 19

Andrea Gabrieli, Ricercar del Sesto Tuono

Bastian Chilese, Canzon 22

 

Tower Music is cherished tradition at the Bach Festival that began in 1936 with the Heralding Trombones, led for 25 years by Monterey grocer Chandler Stewart and then his son Gordon Stewart. Chandler had been a friend of Festival founders Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous – all were Bach fans. The trombone quartet opened every Festival in the early days

In addition to playing from the balcony window of the Sunset Auditorium, they also played from the bell tower at the Carmel Mission, thus earning the name, “Tower Music.” Performing and “sounding the alarm” from towers and balconies is a centuries-old tradition, dating to the Middle Ages, utilizing ancient trumpets, trombones, horns, and drums. The Stewart family continued to perform Tower Music well into the 60s with the next generation of Stewart offspring until the brass section of the orchestra was asked to carry on the tradition in the 1970s, as it does today.

Tower Music honors a tradition reaching back to antiquity when various brass instruments were used to call or signal attention to events and situations: for better (the arrival of royalty, weddings, pageants, hunts and jousts) or for worse (invading or marauding armies and other serious and life-threatening actions).

The entire brass section of the Festival Orchestra now participates in Tower Music performances and it is still a beloved tradition. Please join us for Tower Music before the Main Concerts. We love hearing from you, speaking with you, and renewing acquaintances and friendships that began and endure with this great Festival!

     -Suzanne Mudge, Tower Music Director

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Suzanne Mudge

Presenter

Suzanne Mudge

Event Info

Free

Date

Jul 20 2022

Time

7:50 pm - 8:10 pm
Carmel Mission Basilica Courtyard

Location

Carmel Mission Basilica Courtyard
3080 Rio Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

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