A Christmas Concert: The Downeast Brass with Jay Zoller

*** CANCELLED *** Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, 2 pm *** CANCELLED ***

South Parish Congregational Church

For many years now South Parish Congregational Church and its fine organist, Jay Zoller, have shared their magnificent organ with the public in a special holiday concert featuring the Downeast Brass Quintet. Again this year they invited Concerts at Jewett to make that joyous event our December concert. We are delighted to co-sponsor this event this season.

The Downeast Brass Quintet

The Downeast Brass has performed in many New England settings. Audiences have been impressed by these fine Maine performers on the concert stage, at weddings, festivals, and on parade. They have performed at private parties at the Governor's mansion in Augusta, Maine, at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, the famous Moxie Parade, and Governor Baldacci's inauguration ceremony, among many other appearances. Their wide range of musical styles makes them the preferred musical choice for many occasions.

The Downeast Brass's founder and arranger, Dwight Tibbetts, has kept the unique talents and skills of his colleagues in mind as he has arranged music specifically for the group. From Andy Forster's pristine high trumpet tones to Mark Mumme's full bass sonority, the Downeast Brass combines the skills of some of Maine's premier musicians. Since they are also music educators, they seek to reach audiences of all ages with original and entertaining programming.

For more information on Downeast Brass please visit their website: www.downeastbrass.com

Jay Zoller, organ

Mr. Jay Zoller is the South Parish Congregational Church organist and plays the historic 1866 E. & G. G. Hook Organ for services and concerts. He comes to South Parish with long experience in church music and recital playing.

Mr. Zoller completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire with a major in applied organ and composition, studying organ with Professor Irving Bartley and Dr. Peter Waring. He holds the Master of Theology degree from the School of Theology at Boston University where he studied with Dr. Max Miller. He is a past Dean of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is now a member of the Portland Chapter. He is also a member of the Organ Historical Society, the American Bach Society, and The Association of Anglican Musicians.

Mr. Zoller has also studied with Professor Heinz Wunderlich of Hamburg, Germany and has performed many of Wunderlich's organ compositions in recital. In addition to writing major articles about Professor Wunderlich for The American Organist, the Diapason and Choir and Organ magazines, Jay has played in all-Wunderlich recitals in Hamburg, Germany in 1999, 2004 and in 2009. He is also a regular contributor to the Diapason, having written articles on the organs of South Korea, the playing of Felix Mendelssohn's entire organ works, and the story of an American organ which made a trip to Germany. In addition, he writes reviews of organ music, books and CD's for the journal.

Mr. Zoller is a retired designer for the Andover Organ Company and resides in Newcastle, Maine with his wife Rachel.

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