The smiles on the faces of the crowd said it all. A sunny evening in SouthField, the smell of avocados being grilled, cold summer ale, hot pizza, oysters and the sounds of brass instruments wafting over the breeze. We promised to treat your senses and we hope we delivered on that pledge.
SouthField Highlands Park was the venue for the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet to play a selection of classic Americana that had feet tapping and heads nodding. Nestled on the lawn against a backdrop of our new homes and apartments, the grass was filled with deck chairs as art lovers and concert goers made the most of another beautiful day in our little slice of South Weymouth.
The selection of local art to view featured a range of art forms to admire, from oils to stainless steel sculptures. Four local artists displayed their work that showcased visions of New England and mixed media collages that brought back childhood memories.
Gints Grinberg, whose Caledonian-inspired sculptures are an integral part of SouthField Highland Park, exhibited more stunning examples of his talent while he ate as much ice-cream as possible! His organic style and attention to form are evident in his metal-stone creations, greeting SouthField residents daily as they make their way around the vertical park.
The main event was the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra quintet, a perfect accompaniment to the senses. Playing a selection of patriotic classics, jazz, swing, New Orleans blues and even the odd show tune, the five band members used the natural acoustics of the space to fill the air with the sound of brass. They moved through their musical gears with an impressive demonstration of unplugged aural delights that drew heavily on the ability of brass band music to inspire people to march.
Tunes that were popular in the Civil War kicked off the evening while the band acknowledged veterans in the audience with an Armed Forces salute. Led by the engaging Jobey Wilson, they looked as if they were enjoying the chance to strut their stuff in the evening air with Tonight from West Side Story an unexpected (and welcome) demonstration of what a brass instrument can do.
“It’s our first time to SouthField and I love it,” said Wilson, as the crowd began to pack up their deckchairs. “This is a beautiful and amazing area, it’s going to be a hidden jewel.”
“We’re very pleased with the reaction, it seems they recognized a lot of the songs and that was our goal. We wanted to make a program of familiar music and we wanted to put on a show that was reminiscent of the ‘old town band’ concept. Marches, patriotic music and some swing to get people dancing. People like what they recognize.”