All performances begin at 7:30PM and are at the Great Hall (next door to the Penn Alps Restaurant) unless otherwise noted.
April 27 — Recital for Naylor Scholarship Students
The two sessions are currently scheduled for 2pm and 4pm.
There will be two periods to split the group. Once we have the schedule, we will announce the times and performers for each time period.
Sponsored by The Naylor Foundation
June 1 — Emma Resmini, Flute with piano accompaniment
Alta Schrock Memorial Concert for young performers
Emma is 13! Even so, she has appeared with many symphony orchestras and achieved remarkable acclaim from audiences and critics. In case you are skeptical of her talent, do a quick Google search and you will find a plethora of reviews and performance excerpts. Here are several YouTube performances.
June 8 — Marcolivia Violin Duo
Marc Ramirez and Olivia Hajioff
Marc and Olivia have been recipients of a Fulbright fellowship, and prizes from competitions including the BBC Young Musician of the Year, the European Violin Competition, and the Henryk Szerying Violin Competition, among others. In addition, they were the only chamber music finalists in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, 2000. Marcolivia presents masterclasses worldwide and are artists-in-residence at the Tokyo College of Music. The duo has been on the faculty of Shenandoah University, Las Vegas Summer Music Festival, Dartington International Summer Festival, Blue Mountain Festival, Garth Newel, and the Adriatic Music Festival [Italy]. Marcolivia is on the roster of the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center and the Touring Artists for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Their performances have been featured on radio and television broadcasts, seen and heard throughout North America, Europe and Asia. They have performed chamber music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and with chamber music notables including Leon Fleisher, Awadagin Pratt and Edgar Meyer.
For a sample of their talent, there are several available on their web site.
June 15 — Chatham Baroque — Violin, Lute, Viola de Gamba
“One of Pittsburgh’s greatest treasures” says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Chatham Baroque continues to excite local, national, and international audiences with dazzling technique and lively interpretations of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music played on instruments of the period. Founded in 1990, Chatham Baroque continues to thrive with a full calendar of concerts, tours, musical collaborations, and the CD releases. The trio of baroque violin, viola da gamba, theorbo and baroque guitar tours nationally and internationally, and has recorded eight critically acclaimed CDs.
The ensemble offers audiences the opportunity to hear baroque music that is accessible and thrillingly vivid, with a freshness akin to improvisational jazz. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette proclaims, “Pound for pound, you aren’t going to find a better ensemble… than Chatham Baroque.” Chatham Baroque is repeatedly listed among the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “Top 50 Cultural Forces in Pittsburgh” and “Ten Best Classical Concerts.”
The trio’s Pittsburgh concert series in recent seasons has been substantially broadened by exciting collaborations with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, and Renaissance & Baroque, and Attack Theatre. The ensemble prides itself on its commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its ability to serve nationally and abroad as ambassadors for the city. In addition to local and touring concerts and recording, Chatham Baroque presents Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions for pre-schoolers and Music All Over the Place performances in various community venues. Chatham Baroque is Ensemble-in-Residence at WQED-FM and Calvary Episcopal Church.
Chatham Baroque has toured across the United States as well as in South America and Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada. On the road, the ensemble consistently receives high praise. The Washington Post calls them “musically impeccable”; the Chicago Tribune, “a splendid period-instruments ensemble”; and the New York Times praises their “colorful virtuosity.”
June 22 — No Concert Scheduled
June 29 — No Concert Scheduled
July 6 — No Concert Scheduled
July 13 — Neal Corwell & Kathryn Sincell, Euphonium and Piano
Corwell is currently a freelance soloist, composer, adjudicator and recording artist. Before that, he was a member of “Pershing’s Own,” the premiere band of the U.S. Army. During his 33 years as a professional musician, he has worked diligently to gain recognition for the euphonium as a solo instrument. As part of that endeavor, Corwell has presented many solo recitals in an effort to introduce music lovers to the beauty and technical capability of the euphonium and other brass instruments.
July 20 — Critton Hollow String Band
[Concert will take place in the church instead of the Great Hall. The Church is handicapped accessible.]
Critton Hollow String Band
Joe Herrmann is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has been making music for over 45 years. He is well-known in traditional music circles for his singing and playing. The Critton Hollow String Band was started in 1975 and has toured internationally and recorded 8 albums.
July 17 — Eya Ensemble (vocal)
Eya Ensemble — Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Elizabeth Hungerford, Allison Mondel
Eya is a vocal ensemble based in Washington, DC specializing in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices. Launched in 2010, Eya has established its place in the Baltimore/Washington, DC community as an early music ensemble of impeccable vocal quality, deep spirit, and smarts.
Directed by Allison Mondel, Eya presents concert programs that interweave diverse repertories of the 12th through 15th centuries, from Hildegard von Bingen to Notre Dame to the flyleaves of early English manuscripts and beyond. Through this lens, these programs seek to tell a story that forges new points of connection between contemporary audiences and medieval repertoire, underlining our common humanity with these early poets and composers.
The performers are some of the finest young early music specialists in the region. Audiences have praised the ensemble for its vocal beauty, fascinating and accessible programming, fresh and inspired interpretations, and musicianship of the highest standard.
August 3 — Aeolus String Quartet
Aeolus String Quartet
Praised by Strad Magazine for their “high-octane” performance, the Aeolus Quartet is among the finest young string quartets performing today. Violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce, and cellist Alan Richardson formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States, and performed across the globe to great acclaim. Luke Quinton of the Austin-American Statesman writes, “The Aeolus Quartet is a powerful and thoughtful group of young musicians who are plotting an ascending course…this vibrant group shows great promise.”
The Aeolus Quartet are Grand Prizewinners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were awarded First Prize at the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, a Silver Medal at the 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and a Bronze Medal at the 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England. The 16th Annual Austin Critics’ Table named the Aeolus Quartet their 2010-2011 “Best Ensemble.” The Quartet was also the recipient of the 2012 John Lad Prize awarded by St. Lawrence String Quartet in recognition of their “high level of musicianship…. the passion, the dedication, and the great generosity of spirit they have demonstrated…”
August 10 — Mattia Mistrangelo, Piano
Music at Penn Alps presents Italian pianist Mattia Mistrangelo. Winner of the Special USF Steinway Award at the Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in Serbia. A selection of his repertoire can be found here.
August 17 — West Virginia Brass Quintet
West Virginia Brass Quintet
The West Virginia Brass Quintet is one of the most exciting chamber ensembles in West Virginia. This versatile group’s repertoire spans five centuries of music, from Renaissance and Baroque to Contemporary and Jazz with an emphasis on traditional American music. Their public performance credits include a Holiday Residency at the Greenbrier Resort (Lewisburg, WV), the Artist Series Concert at Tamarack (Beckley WV), and the Italian Heritage Festival (Clarksburg, WV).
August 24 — West Shore Piano Trio
Heather Haughn, Jay Dewire, Diana Flesner — The West Shore Piano Trio
Since their first performance on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay in 2008, the West Shore Piano Trio has brought passion, color, and penetrating insight to the works they perform, not only through their playing but also through their commentary and interaction with audiences.
The Trio believes that education and live performance enhance each other, and that the better informed an audience is about a work, the more deeply they will appreciate its performance. To this end, the members of the trio accompany each concert with brief verbal commentary, providing biographical details about the composer, framing the work in the context of its time, and highlighting thematic and compositional elements of the piece, as well as connections shared between each work on the program.
The West Shore Trio’s commitment to education further extends to include masterclasses, question-and-answer sessions, and collaborative projects. They maintain an active relationship with the Duke Ellington School for the Arts, and additionally, the trio has established a connection with Goucher College, where they have given multiple concerts and also a lecture/performance on the political and personal elements of Shostakovich’s piano trio.
Based in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, the members of the trio were educated at the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, the University of Illinois, and the University of Maryland. They have studied with or been coached by such esteemed musicians as violinists Lynn Blakeslee, Isaac Stern, Kathleen Winkler, Roland and Almita Vamos, and Zvi Zeitlin, pianists Larissa Dedova and Brian Ganz, cellists Bonnie Hampton and Brandon Vamos, and members of the Aborada, Alexander, American, Cleveland, Concord, Juilliard, Kocian, Kronos, Left Bank, Miami, Miró, Pacifica, Penderecki, St. Lawrence, Tákacs, Tokyo, and Ying Quartets.
August 31 — No Concert Scheduled