Musicians tuned up Friday morning for the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford's 23rd annual Brass and Organ Christmas Concert.
On Sunday at 7:30 p.m. the New York Symphonic Brass will join choir director Jim Wetherald on the organ for a free concert.
"These are the New York areas finest brass players, or some of them," says Wetherald. "And it's really a thrill to be able to work with them each year and it's really a core that has remained for all 23 years."
The symphony is made up of 4 trumpets, 2 French horns, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 2 percussionists and a 4,026 piped organ. The majority of songs were arranged by New York Symphonic brass trumpeter John Sheppard.
"Over the years we've built up quite of a repertoire for this instrumentation because there isn't a lot of stuff out here for this gigantic beautiful organ here and 10 piece brass and ten piece brass and percussion."
This year's newest song "Lily", composed by Tetsuro Hoshii for a his young piano student, was collaborated with a traditional Scottish Christmas carol entitled "A Star Shone Brightly in the Night," with lyrics written by the church's pastor David Van Dyke.
"He played this one tuned called 'Lily' that he wrote for this little girl and it sounded really Scottish to John and he was already working on another Scottish piece 'Ye Banks and Braes' the tune, that the minister of the the church here David Van Dyke wrote the text for."
"Jazz music was born 100 years ago and it's still really young, but classical music has a really long history because all music is connected to each other." says composer Tetsuro Hoshii.
The church is located on 1101 Bedford Street in Stamford. For more information visit www.fishchurch.org