Friday, April 23, 2010

Busy Concert Weekend in Central PA

There are a number of concerts this weekend if you're looking for some classical music to help you enjoy the spring weather (of course, being April, it is scheduled to rain most of the weekend, but then we could actually use the rain, this time).

Either today or tomorrow is traditionally observed as the birthday of William Shakespeare. We know he was baptized on April 26th, 1564, so the assumption is he was born 2 or 3 days before; there is also the tradition that he died on his birthday, April 23rd, 1616. So, what perfect way to celebrate the Bard's Birth (or Observe his Death) than by attending a program of poetry and music by the Bard and his contemporaries with Market Square Concerts, Saturday at 8pm at Market Square Presbyterian Church?

Parthenia, one of the best regarded early music groups in New York City, will be joined by Jacqueline Horner (originally from the vocal quartet Anonymous4) and actor Paul Hecht who'll be reading the poetry.

The complete program is listed on my post at the Market Square Concerts blog, here.

In Lancaster, guitarist Ernesto Tamayo will be performing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, tonight (Friday) at 7:30pm, a program based on his latest recording, El poema de la rosa. The André Mehmari Trio performs at the Academy on Saturday night at 7:30 with a program of Brazilian-influenced jazz.

In York, pianist Gretchen Dekker will be joined by Harrisburg Symphony concertmaster Odin Rathnam for a recital Saturday at 7:30pm at the 1st Baptist Church of York that will feature sonatas by Mozart & Beethoven plus work by Piazzolla, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Kreisler.

And then on Sunday, there's more to choose from.

Violinist Carl Iba and pianist Randy Day will be presenting a program as part of the recital series at the United Methodist Church at 64 W. Chocolate Avenue in Hershey, Sunday at 3pm. The program will include music by Bach, Beach, Bruch and Kreisler, among others.

The State Street Academy will conclude its season of Sunday afternoon concerts with a program at 4pm in its home at the St. Lawrence Chapel on State Street near Front. Pianist Jonathan Kadar-Kallen will include works by Bach, Prokofiev and Liszt on his program. Kadar-Kallen, currently a sophomore at Messiah College where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and composition, is also the organist and choir director for the Mater Dei Latin Mass at St. Lawrence Chapel.

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If listening to music is important to you, support the arts in your area by attending live performances - and telling your friends about them. Next week, please take the time to write to your state legislators about the importance of the arts to you and to your community as we begin the annual state budget process which traditionally tries to eliminate all state funding for the arts from the budget before some eventual agreement is more or less reached.

- Dr. Dick

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