St. Tim’s to present music history talks by Samual Adler, opening brass concert

Academy Brass Quintet (Photo provided )


St. Timothy’ Episcopal Church, Perrysburg, proudly announces the opening concert of the 2017-18 St. Tim’s Discovers Series.  Perrysburg’s own, the Academy Brass Quintet will perform on Sunday, October 15, at 3 p.m.

The series is also adding  a music history lectures series by the eminent scholar and composer Dr. Samuel Adler, formerly on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music and Juilliard. The topic for the noonOctober 15 is “The Classical Period into the Romantic Era.”  A soup and salad lunch is available preceding the lecture, at 11:30 a.m. Call the church office, 419-874-5704, by noonThursday, October 12, for luncheon reservations.  The cost of lunch is $10.

Formed in 1994, the Academy Brass Quintet (ABQ) is a professional brass quintet comprised of outstanding brass musicians from across northwest Ohio. Founding members include Michael Smith, trumpet, who is the director of orchestras for Perrysburg Schools, and Pete Vavrinek, horn, who also creates many original arrangements for the ABQ.  

Other members currently include Bruce Heuring, trombone; Perrysburg Junior High band director Jason Jordan, tuba; and Dr. David Kosmyna, trumpet.  Dr. Kosmyna, a Toledo native, has had an extensive performing career across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Presently, he serves on the faculty at Ohio Northern University, teaching trumpet, music composition and theory and directs the Jazz Ensemble.

The Academy Brass Quintet performs music from many styles, appealing to a wide variety of musical tastes.  For the St. Tim’s performance, the ABQ is planning Adagio by Mozart,  Pavane  by Faure’,  a suite of folk songs by Edward Elgar, and a medley from Bernstein’s West Side Story. Closing the recital will be a Dave Kosmyna arrangement of Duke Ellington’s  If Don’t Mean a Think, If It Ain’t Got That Swing.

St. Timothy Episcopal church is located at 871 Boundary, Perrysburg. The facility is fully accessible and offers ample parking.  St. Tim’s Discovers series is dedicated to bringing classical music to communities throughout Northwest Ohio. The recitals are offered free of charge; donations are accepted at all events.

For the October 29  event, doors open at 2:30 p.m.  Information on all upcoming events in the series is available at