Sounds of the Season

Sounds of the Season
December 4, 2017 paperlesslion

The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center will be filled with the joyous “Sounds of the Season” on Sunday when the Motor City Brass Band welcomes world-renown euphonium virtuosi Steven and Misa Mead to join them at their annual holiday concert tradition. The program begins at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10.

Tickets are available at the Ford Center Box Office and are $19 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and are FREE for children 12 and under.  Call the Box Office at 313-943-2350.  The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center is located at 15801 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn.  More information on Motor City Brass Band and its concert series is available at

Steven and Misa Mead will perform solo and duet selections with Motor City Brass Band, including “Fantasy on Molto Perpetuo” by Paganini, “Brillante” by Peter Graham, and a number of holiday favorites. Steven and Misa began playing duets virtually as soon as they met, and their first concert as a duo occurred just a few months after Misa arrived in the UK in 2013.  The Meads have undertaken tours in Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and the USA, and perform many concerts together with wind and brass bands.

Motor City Brass Band will perform “Shine As the Light,” by Peter Graham, a brass band standard.  Other selections by Motor City Brass Band will include “The Good King” and “The Little Drummer,” by MCBB Music Director and Conductor Craig Strain, along with a number of other holiday pieces.  The audience will be invited to join the musical artists with a rousing sing-a-long of caroling standards to close out the show.

Motor City Brass Band represents an American take on a cherished English custom, the traditional British Brass Band.  The ensemble’s unique blend of innovation and authenticity has earned it a reputation for artistic excellence and first-rate entertainment.  MCBB is ranked among the top competition brass bands in North America. The band performs a wide range of musical styles from classical to jazz, pop or sacred in a variety of venues throughout southeast Michigan.  With musical director Craig Strain at the helm as conductor, arranger, and composer for the group since its inception, MCBB continues to define itself as an integral part of the growing national brass band movement.

The Motor City Brass Band performance is “more than a concert … it’s a show!” Paperless Lion and all at Detroit Performs who’ve seen them in concert agree most heartily and totally.