Feb. 10, 2012
Maestro Stephen P Brown also composes music
-- Palm Harbor, Fla. – Maestro Stephen P Brown will conduct the World Premiere of his own composition Tapestry Tampa Bay at a March concert to benefit the homeless. Brown moved to Florida in January last year from the New York metro area and has quickly made a positive impact on the region’s cultural lifestyle.
“There is so much to do in Tampa Bay,” said Brown, “it’s almost as though there is a secret cultural element that Floridians don’t want anyone else to know about!” Brown hopes to help rectify this by broadcasting his concert live online, globally. “It’s wonderful to show off our active cultural scene, as it excites investors and businesses who care about their employees’ well-being,”
As well as diving into the area’s healthy cultural scene, Brown also sees much need for other basic provisions such as nutrition and shelter. A portion of the concert’s ticket income will be donated to the Clearwater-based Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. (HEP). In affiliation with Everybody’s Tabernacle, HEP employs the use of music to help fulfill the spiritual needs of 360 people who stay at the shelter each night. “We are grateful to Maestro Brown for presenting us with this unique opportunity,”
said Barb Green, HEP President & CEO. “The funds will help support the myriad of programs we provide to men, women, and children in need, including housing, food, clothing, childcare, dental service, and transportation.”
“The benefits of experiencing music in-person are well researched and documented,”
said Brown. “Sharing live music with others is an essential part of any culture, especially with those who may not normally have such opportunities.”
Tickets for the concert have been kept under $20 if purchased in advance, and Brown invites active military and emergency services personnel to attend in full dress uniform for free.
Also performing in the concert will be the winners of Brown’s 2011 Concerto Competition:
Joshua Sawicki and Melissa Petrescue on piano, and Meghan McManus on marimba. Other pieces to be played include excerpts of Schubert’s Trout Quintet, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in A major, and Scott Jordan’s Fantasy Quartet. A Schmooze with Stephen reception will follow the performance.
Brown’s latest composition is in a quasi-classical-
minimalist-new age style combining Philip Glass, Enya, Mike Oldfield and John Williams, and has six movements with titles ranging from Skyway Bridge and Beaches & Boats to those inspired by Churches & Arts and Grouper. Brown says he has not come across a fish called Grouper outside of Florida and watching a video of the man-sized fish intrigued him. (It is also one of his favorite meals.) The last movement, Back For More, reflects the nostalgia felt by many visitors who frequently return to the area, including Brown himself before he and his wife Melissa moved to East Lake.
Friday, March 23 2012, 8pm
Harborside Christian Church, 2200 Marshall Street, Safety Harbor FL
Advance tickets: $17.50
On-the-day tickets: $20.00
Tickets sales: http://www.TapestryTampaBay.com