Current Events Calendar

  • May 20, 2018 3:00 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Recital for Students of Jim & Alison Lyons

    Music at Penn Alps subsidizes recitals for local teachers. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.

  • June 16, 2018 7:30 pm
    Church
    Washington Cornett & Sackbutt Ensemble

    Considered one of the premiere ensembles of its kind in North America, the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble (WCSE), directed by Michael Holmes, consists of historic brass instrument specialists based in Washington D.C. Assemblages of cornetts (curved hybrid brass/woodwind instruments) and sackbuts (early trombones) comprised what was the standard brass ensemble of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras of Western music.

    WCSE’s membership has modified and grown considerably since its inception in 1997, performing extensively and in high demand in the Eastern U.S. with some of the more prominent historic vocal and instrumental groups in the American early music community. Its repertoire is vast, exploring nearly every possible style, period and region where early brass sources were represented, including music from the Italian, German, Polish, Bohemian, Moravian, Scandinavian, Spainish, and English courts, as well as the Americas. In the summer of 2001, WCSE produced its first recording of music by Giovanni Gabrieli and Heinrich Schütz.  In August 2003, they were invited to be the featured ensemble at the Historic Brass Society Festival at Yale University (New Haven, CT). WCSE was also featured in the 2004 CD recording Mass in Honor of the Immaculate Conception in music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Frescobaldi, Marenzio, and Ugolini, in collaboration with the choir of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. Another one of their recordings of a canzona by Claudio Merulo circulated widely to numerous North American universities in 2005 as part of the anthology for Craig Wright and Brian Simms’s music history textbook Music in Western Civilization.

    ​WCSE performed at the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival, and more recently was the featured ensemble for the Washington Bach Consort’s Christmas with the Consort in December 2016. The ensemble continues to provide their unique, mellifluous, and historically informed sound for numerous choirs who want to enrich their programming through the glorious forgotten practice of colla parte (“doubling the choral parts”) or providing  (“town piper”) fanfares and flourishes for ceremonial occasions. WCSE has received much critical acclaim since its inception:

    “…delivered with serious attention to detail.” - The Washington Post

    “…a beautiful display of virtuosity.” - The Washington Post

    “…tantalizingly close to reproducing Venetian-baroque surround sound” - Richmond Times-Dispatch

    “A stylish and sonorous performance.” - Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • June 23, 2018 7:30 pm
    Church
    Muriel Anderson, Guitar/Harp

    MURIEL ANDERSON is one of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists. She is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her CD “Nightlight Daylight” was chosen as one of the top 10 CDs of the decade by Guitar Player Magazine and her “Heartstrings” recording accompanied the astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery. She has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. An engaging performer, Muriel’s unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, a Rodrigo concerto. Her video “Why Worry” has garnered a total of over 8 million views. Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT® and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity. In addition, her new program is highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by celebrated photo-artist Bryan Allen, including a re-enactment of the solar eclipse.

    Recordings and Publications
    Her double CD “Nightlight Daylight” won top honors in a dozen awards and is the first ever to include an interactive fiber-optic lighted CD cover, her own concept. It includes collaborations with fellow musicians Victor Wooten, Phil Keaggy, Mark Kibble of Take 6, Danny Gottlieb, Stanley Jordan, Tommy Emmanuel, Earl Klugh, Howard Levy, Jeff Coffin, Tierra Negra and members of the Nashville Symphony.

    Her recording of “El Noi de la Mare” appears in Woody Allen’s film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” and her “Heartstrings” recording accompanied the astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery.  Muriel Anderson has released more than a dozen instrumental CD’s, eight instructional DVD’s and guitar books published by Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, and Zen-On Japan.  Her compositions include commissioned classical works for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Vox Caelestis Womens Choir, as well as songs which have appeared as title tracks for three albums by various artists.

    Endorsements and Columnist

    Muriel has published articles in Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Classical Guitar and Frets magazines, and is currently a regular columnist for Acoustic Guitar Japan magazine. She has many teaching DVDs with Truefire and teaches at guitar workshops across the country. Many workshops are sponsored by her GHS Signature strings. She plays and records on many handmade instruments including Camps Guitars, Mike Doolin harp guitars, Mike Brittain harp guitars, DT guitars, Alvarez Yairi, McPhearson, Morris steel string guitars (Japan). She uses Seymour Duncan D-Tar and Barbera pickups.

    Quotes:
    Muriel Anderson is a good friend and a great guitarist.  She deserves national recognition …Chet Atkins

    Just one hell of a great player …a great personality and what I like is the touch that Muriel has on the guitar, the way she plays it like we all wish to play.
    Les Paul

    She has demonstrated excellent technique and has the fine musicianship to communicate well to her audiences. …Christopher Parkening

    I cannot think of another guitarist who seems to have taken over the role of Segovia in popularizing the finger-style guitar as Muriel Anderson has. …Lawrence Long, Knoxville-Oak Ridge Guitar Society

    Muriel Anderson is one of America’s Premier solo-acoustic guitarists.  A former National Fingerpicking Champion, she tours constantly, and is founder of Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night. …Guitar Player Magazine, November 2001

    Acoustic guitarist Muriel Anderson… has justifiably gained a reputation as one of the world’s best, and most versatile, guitar instrumentalists. …Chicago Tribune July 29, 1997

    After reaching the top in her field – she is widely recognized as the premier female fingerstyle guitarist today – Anderson hopes to encourage and inspire a younger audience, to turn them on to the beauty of making music, and maybe in some cases, even turn their lives around. …The Reporter, Melissa Erickson, Nov. 1999

    Theme for Two Friends marks a new renaissance for classical guitar and cello! Ms Anderson’s compositions are flawless. Work like this assures me that music in the next century is in good hands. …Illinois Chamber Ensemble Nicholas Fuchs, Music Director Emeritus

    Wildcat is not only Muriel Anderson’s best CD to date, it is perhaps the best album of the year. …Steve King and Johnnie Putman of WGN radio

    With playing that grabs you by the ear and never let’s go, this is a fine portrait of an artist that just keeps getting better and better fully deserving of a toe to toe spot with the masters that have taught her so well. …Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap

  • July 14, 2018 7:30 pm

    Susan Zoller and Michael Lundien, Flute and Piano

    Michael Lundien and Susan Zoller

    Susan Zoller is a musician from Western Maryland who is active in the musical community. Zoller volunteers in community groups such as the Arion Band of Frostburg, the newly founded Queen City Flute Choir, and often page-turns for Music at Penn Alps. Zoller also participates in the Baroque Camp hosted by Mountainside Baroque. With a Bachelor’s in Music Performance on piano and many years of experience on the flute, Zoller enjoys playing in groups, chamber ensembles, and sometimes flying solo. Zoller has studied under Jeannie Wood-Kobert, Betty Hadidian, and James DeWire on piano, and Sarah Jackson, James Roderick, and Keith Hanlon on flute.

    Michael Lundien is a recent graduate of Frostburg State University in piano performance and will be attending the Masters in Piano program at University of Maryland, College Park in Fall 2018. Afterwards, he plans on pursuing a doctorate at the University of Maryland. Lundien enjoys composing for solo piano in his free time and hopes to publish a set of compositions while attending University of Maryland. He has studied classical piano under James Dewire and jazz piano under Thanv Vo and Stephan Scaggari.

    Program:
    Sonata for Piano 4 Hands by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Prelude
    Rustique
    Finalé

    Fantasia No. 6 in D minor by George Philip Telemann (1681-1767)
    Dolce
    Allegro
    Spirituoso
    Susan Zoller, alto flute

    Tango Etude No. 3, Molto marcato e energico by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Susan Zoller, alto flute

    Sonatina for Alto Flute and Piano by Alexandra Harwood (b. 1966)
    Mokusou no Uta
    Gugaku
    Buyou
    Susan Zoller, alto flute; Michael Lundien, piano

    Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D-Flat Major, Vivace by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Susan Zoller, Michael Lundien, piano

    Nocturne Op. 32, no. 2 in A-flat Major by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
    Susan Zoller, piano

    Variations in C minor, WoO. 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Michael Lundien, Piano

    Game of Tones by Michael Lundien (b. 1990)

    Overture in F Major, Op. 34 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Susan Zoller, Michael Lundien, piano