Indy Brass Choir to present Valentine’s Day concert at St. Mark’s


By Mark Ambrogi



Indianapolis Brass Choir music director Darin Sorley plans a lovefest for St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

After all, the free 4 p.m. concert at the Carmel church, 4780 E. 126th St., is on Valentine’s Day.

“We usually do a wide range of music and there will be some variation in this, too,” Sorley said. “But since it is on Feb. 14, we are doing Valentine-themed selections. We usually don’t do a themed concert and try to mix up with a little bit of pop music.”

Sorley said the concert will include selections from “My Fair Lady,”  “The Lion King” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

“Of course, you can’t do a Valentine’s Day concert without ‘My Funny Valentine,’” Sorley said. “It’s a nice trombone solo. We’re doing Jerome Kern’s piece, ‘The Way You Look Tonight.’ We’re doing a Johnny Mandel piece called ‘A Time for Love.’ We’ll round it out with something a little peppy called ‘Don’t Be That Way.’ We’re stretching the love theme a little bit with that and just going into relationships. It’s an Benny Goodman tune that one of the members in the group arranged.”

Sorley said the concert will last about one hour. Sorley will use a short intermission to explain about his group. IBC members volunteer their time and talent, without pay, to provide music and to aid local charities.

Then St. Mark’s representatives will discuss a free-will offering collection to benefit Pack Away Hunger. Pack Away Hunger is a non-profit organization that packages highly nutritious meals, which will improve key health factors of the chronically hungry. St. Mark’s goal is to raise funds to provide meals for 40,000 individuals.

IBC features trumpets, trombones, horns, euphoniums, tubas and percussion instruments played by about 35 musicians.

For more, contact St. Mark’s at 846-4912 or