Current Events Calendar

  • June 10, 2017 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Enrico Elisi -- Piano

    Enrico Elisi returns to Penn Alps in a solo piano performance. Elisi has appeared with the Florence Symphony, Italy; Orchestra Classica de Porto, Portugal; Bay Atlantic Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Williamsport Symphony, Pennsylvania Centre, Penn State Philharmonic, Penn’s Woods, UNLV Chamber and Johns Hopkins Symphony orchestras, USA. He also debuted as soloist/conductor with the Green Valley Festival Chamber Orchestra.

    Elisi recently joined the distinguished Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto as an associate professor, having previously taught at the Eastman School, the Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Nevada L.V. His current and former students include prizewinner in competitions; hold teaching posts; performed with orchestras (including the Rochester Philharmonic and Dallas Chamber Symphony); gave debut recitals from New York to Caracas, Paris and Seoul; garnered fellowships and scholarships at summer programs and have been accepted in Artist Diploma (Rice University among others), MM, and DMA programs in prestigious institutions in the US and abroad.

    Elisi studied at the Conservatory of Bologna and Florence and the world-renowned Incontri col Maestro International Piano Academy of Imola. He worked with Schnabel’s disciple Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. A year after graduating, at Fleisher’s invitation, he performed at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in a joint recital with his mentor. Among his teachers were pianist Lazar Berman and Boris Petrushansky, respectively pupils of Goldenweiser and Neuhaus, as well as Alexander Lonquich, Franco Scala and Giuseppe Fricelli.

  • June 24, 2017 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Nancy Roldán and José Cueto, piano & violin

    Nancy Roldán is a founder of Music at Penn Alps and has performed with us frequently. This performance features Nancy on piano with José Cueto on violin.

    Nancy Roldán has performed worldwide as recitalist, collaborative artist and piano soloist with orchestra. Born in Argentina, she is a champion of compatriot Carlos Guastavino’s music, and has recorded many of his works for solo piano, piano duo with Noel Lester and violin-piano duo with José Cueto. A frequent guest artist at the Great Romantics Festival in Canada, the Ravello Festival in Italy and several sponsored by the American Liszt Society, she is founder/director of the Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Liszt Society and presides over its Baltimore-Washington Chapter. She records for Centaur Records and maintains a private teaching studio in Reisterstown, Maryland.

    Recognized for the beauty of his tone, Mr. Cueto performs worldwide as chamber musician and guest soloist with orchestras. His recordings with orchestra include Gladness of Heart, performing the Menotti Violin Concerto with Concert Artists of Baltimore conducted by Edward Polochick (Sonora label) and Two Italian Violin Concerti - featuring Violin Concertos by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Ottorino Respighi, in addition to his own violin solo and string orchestra arrangement of the song La rosa y el sauce by Carlos Guastavino, with Vladimir Lande conducting the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Marquis label.) A featured guest artist in major music festivals in North America, Puerto Rico, France, and Italy, recent tours include Hungary, Slovakia, China, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Russia.  Mr. Cueto is Concert Master of Concert Artists of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Festival Orchestra. He teaches for the Road’s Scholar program at Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute and the Catholic University of America String Department. He has also served as Artist in Residence and Chair of Strings at St. Mary’s College of Maryland through the present.  While pursuing his studies at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, he performed with Ruggiero Ricci and his teacher Berl Senofsky in the “Masters of Today and Tomorrow” series. He has also shared the stage with cellist Steven Kates, harp virtuoso Nicanor Zabaleta, clarinetist Gervase de Peyer, pianists Leon Fleisher, Jesus Maria Sanromá, and Nancy Roldán, with whom he has toured and recorded extensively.  José Cueto plays a 1920 Stefano Scarampella, and a 2006 Luiz Bellini violin.

  • July 1, 2017 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    West Virginia Brass Quintet featuring a new composition by Sean Beachy

    The West Virginia Brass Quintet will feature a performance of a new work commissioned by Music at Penn Alps to celebrate our 25th  year of presenting the best of ensemble music in Western Maryland! This composition by Sean Beachy will receive its inaugural performance.

    The West Virginia Brass Quintet (WVBQ) formed in June 2009 is one of the most exciting new chamber ensembles in West Virginia.  This versatile group’s repertoire spans five centuries of music, from Renaissance and Baroque to Contemporary to Dixieland Jazz with an emphasis on traditional American music.  With members living more than one hundred and fifty miles apart, the WVBQ goes to great lengths to sustain their passion for music making. From their annual Holiday Residency at the famous Greenbrier Resort to Artist Series Concerts at the Tamarack Center in Beckley and Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg to myriad church services, weddings, and civic functions, the West Virginia Brass Quintet has performed extensively throughout the Mountain State and surrounding areas.

  • July 8, 2017 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Nicole Halmos and Chris McCabe, Voice and piano

    Nicole Halmos, soprano, and Chris McCabe, piano, present their program "The Profound and the Profane."

    Nicole Halmos – was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon, she has worked professionally as an actress and singer both nationally and internationally for almost 30 years.  Regional work includes productions at The Shakespeare Theatre, Yale Repertory, Virginia Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Triad Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, The Wellfleet Theater, Mill Mountain Theater and Ford’s Theatre with roles in The Importance of Being Earnest, Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, Dirty Blonde, Shirley Valentine, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Full Monty, The King and I, Man of La Mancha, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.  New York performances include Faust; Dido, Queen of Carthage; The Seagull; Hamlet;  and Funeral Games at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, as well as the off-Broadway productions of The Holy Mother of Hadley, New York and The Fabulist.  She toured nationally and internationally in The Sound of Music with Marie Osmond and Debbie Boone (though not at the same time).  Nicole also sang in opera and oratorio including the world premieres and recordings of Maura Ellen’s Three Blondes and a Bowl, David Spencer’s The Fabulist, Cheryl Davis’ and C. Colby Sachs’ Sugar Dumpling and Phillip Johnston’s and Richard Foreman’s Young Goodman Brown.  Ms. Halmos’ work has been honored with a Sustainer’s Award for Best Supporting Actress as Charlotte in A Little Night Music, The Boston Globe’s “Year’s 10 Best” Award for the role of Hannale in The Captain’s Doll, The Syracuse Post-Standard’s “Not To Be Missed” for Molly Sweeney and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Bishop Walsh High School. Ms. Halmos currently lives in Cumberland continues to work in the three “P”s – performing, painting and psychotherapy.

    Chris McCabe holds the degree of Music Education from Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music with concentrations in both piano and voice.  A musical fixture in Allegany County, Chris has accompanied The Cumberland Choral Society, Frostburg State University choral and vocal performances, numerous churches and for visiting soloist and ensembles. He has worked primarily in musical theatre and was the resident musical director for the Cumberland Theatre for 25 years.  He has also musically directed for Frostburg State University Theatre Department, Front and Centre Stage, Kidspired, Stage Left Theater, Mountain Ridge High School and CEM 1 Productions.  His directing/music directing credits include over 125 productions.

  • July 22, 2017 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps

    We are still contracting for this date.

  • July 29, 2017 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Col Legno Duo, Bassoon and Marimba

    The Col Legno Duo consists of a bassoon (Amy Pollard) and marimba (Scott Pollard). The term, col legno, comes from music notation meaning to strike the strings of a violin, viola, etc. with the woody part of the bow to achieve a tuned percussive effect a la a marima but using a tuned wooden bar and a sound column (think tube). While the bassoon could be struck with a mallet or stick, the effect would not be melodic and it would be harsh on the bassoon's finish.

    Based in Athens, GA, the husband and wife duo have performed in South America as well as at major venues across the US, including Rice University, the University of Texas, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, the University of Georgia, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Louisiana State University, University of Alabama, and the University of South Carolina. Col Legno has also made appearances at conferences such as the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the International Double Reed Society conference. The duo is passionate about education and frequently combines master classes and clinics with recitals. One of the major goals for the group is creating chamber music experiences that are accessible, informative, and diverse.

    Amy Pollard, a native of Cincinnati, OH, is the Associate Professor of Bassoon at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. She formerly served as lecturer of bassoon at Baylor University and has also been on faculty at the University of Dayton and the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts. During the summer she has been on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Center Advanced Bassoon Institute. She is currently second bassoonist with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

    Amy has performed as a soloist with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony as well as with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players. An avid chamber musician, she has performed at venues throughout the United States and also in Ireland, Belgium, and Argentina with such groups as the Georgia Woodwind Quintet, the Baylor University Woodwind Quintet, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players. Her bassoon-percussion duo, Col Legno, has performed recitals and presented master classes at numerous venues throughout the country.

    Amy received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University.

    Scott Pollard, a native of Raleigh, NC, has held full-time percussion/timpani positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the US Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C. Currently an active freelance musician throughout the Southeast, Scott performs regularly with the Atlanta Symphony, NC Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and Alabama Symphony, and plays principal percussion/timpani with the NC Opera, Carolina Ballet, and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. In recent years he’s been a featured soloist with the NC Symphony and the Virginia Arts Festival, and in the past performed with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and Houston Grand Opera.Scott is a founding member of the Attacca Percussion Group and the Col Legno Duo (bassoon/percussion). He has presented hundreds of educational clinics, chamber music recitals, and calypso band performances (he’s an avid steel drummer) throughout the country, including at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and several statewide Days of Percussion. Internationally, he has performed and given master classes throughout Europe and South America. He is proud to maintain artist endorsements with the Zildjian Cymbal Company, Vic Firth, Incorporated, and Majestic/Mapex Percussion.

    Scott currently serves as the Artist Affiliate in Percussion at Emory University in Atlanta, and maintains a private studio in Athens, GA. Former teaching positions include Interim Professor of Percussion at the University of Georgia and Director of Percussion for the NC Governor’s School. Scott earned his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and his Master’s of Music from Rice University.

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  • August 5, 2017 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Polaris Piano Trio

    The Polaris Piano Trio performs innovative programs that explore works by women and composers of African descent from the 19th century through the present.

    Violinist Laura Kobayashi has participated in numerous music festivals in the United States, Puerto Rico, Norway, Argentina, and Brazil and has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle, Spokane, and Grand Junction Symphonies, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Salta Chamber Orchestra in Salta, Argentina and the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

    Dr. Kobayashi studied violin with Dorothy DeLay, Paul Kantor, Andrew Jennings and Denes Zsigmondy and has performed in the master classes of Nathan Milstein, Arthur Grumiaux, Ruggiero Ricci and Gyorgy Pauk. Chamber music studies have been with members of the Juilliard, Tokyo and American String Quartets as well as with collaborative pianists, Robert McDonald and Samuel Sanders. Dr. Kobayashi earned degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University and the Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Michigan.

    Cellist Kenneth Law enjoys a diverse career as performer, teacher and author. In addition to being a founding member of the Main Street Music Studios and Main Street Chamber Players in Fairfax, VA, he is also a member of the Ritz Chamber Players. He has performed internationally as soloist and recitalist, including appearances at the Washington (DC) Performing Arts Club and German Embassy, the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jazz at Lincoln Center Concert Series, and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Mr. Law has also performed in England, France, Scotland, Panama and Puerto Rico as a member of the Converse Trio. He has collaborated with such artists as Earl Carlyss (Juilliard String Quartet), Michael Tree (Guarneri Quartet), Ying String Quartet, Norman Carroll (concertmaster emeritus, Philadelphia Orchestra) and violinist Diane Monroe, and has recorded orchestral and chamber music for Albany Records, and the New Albion and Telarc labels. A recipient of the 2010 South Carolina ASTA Studio Teacher of the Year Award, Mr. Law’s students have been accepted to the Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody and Oberlin Conservatories, Indiana University (Bloomington), Florida State University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Catholic University, University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and other respected schools of music throughout the southeast. His degrees and diplomas are from the Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. His summer faculty appointments have included the Summit Music Festival, Vienna (VA) Summer Strings, Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival, and the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston SC.

    Stephen Buck, pianist made his Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall debut through Artists International in New York, and is currently serving as Coordinator of Academic Studies at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. Active throughout the United States and Europe, Dr. Buck received his doctoral degree from Yale University School of Music.

    Recent performance highlights have included a wide range of repertoire and venues, including three concertos in one evening with the Orquesta Juveníl de Caracas and pianist Vanessa Perez in Venezuela; a chamber opera by Huang Ruo at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds and Laura Kaminsky’s Piano Concerto at Purchase College; an appearance on Vanessa Perez’ release for the Steinway label of works by Debussy and de Falla; and recordings for the Innova and Naxos labels of works by Huang Ruo; and performances with actor Bill Murray, cellist Jan Vogler, and violinst Mira Wang.

    An avid chamber musician and collaborative pianist, Dr. Buck taught and performed for several summers at the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in southern Italy.  In 2006 he co-founded the AlpenKammerMusik Festival in Austria, an intensive 11-day course for musicians of all ages.  His interest in new music led him to perform with F.I.RE, a New-York based contemporary music ensemble, while his work with the Polaris Trio explores 19th and 20th century repertoire. Dr. Buck moved back to New York City after teaching piano and music history at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Prior to moving to South Carolina, he completed a Teaching Fellowship at Yale University, where he earned his Master of Musical Arts in 2001 studying with Peter Frankl. While at Yale, he won the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, performing Ravel’sConcerto for the Left Hand.

    Dr. Buck received a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, studying with Anton Nel, where he won Second Prize at the 1998 Isabel Scionti Competition, the university’s Concerto Competition with the BarberPiano Concerto, and received the Stockwell Memorial Scholarship. He also served on the faculty of the Orchard Lake School of Music. Dr. Buck graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 1995, where he studied with Ann Schein at Peabody Conservatory.

  • August 12, 2017 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps

    To be announced.

  • August 19, 2017 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps

    To be announced.