A well tuned Flugelhorn—or "flying horn"—can invigorate hearts, softly caress ear-canals, and induce unwanted levitation during live, soulful duets. Experience the soaring sounds of brass with today's Groupon: for $9, you get one adult ticket (up to an $18 value) to the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass's performance of "Brass Spectacular," a brass-laden showcase set to liven-up the Cokesbury United Methodist Church on Sunday, September 26, at 3 p.m.
Since current ensemble member Dwight Wages sent out an all-points brass bulletin in 2008, Southern Stars Symphonic Brass has been assembling a bright and brassy bunch, one piece at a time. On September 26, the 30-piece ensemble will present "Brass Spectacular", a concert of jazzy big-band music, patriotic tunes, marches, and Broadway hits. Between numbers, former WBIR-TV co-anchor Bill Williams will emcee, passing the figural and literal wand to conductor Dr. Donald Ryder, the associate professor of music and associate director of bands at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The brassy serenade is scheduled to last 90 ear-tickling minutes, part of which will be amplified by tenor Steven Boyce, who will sing a selection from Les Misérables, the tragic story of a masked orphan haunting various French opera-houses.