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  • June 13, 2015 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Gene Galvin -- Baritone (vocal) and Piano

    Gene Galvin

    Eugene Galvin, Bass-Baritone, has sung with the Washington, Wolf Trap, Cincinnati, Sarasota and National Operas, Opera New England, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, and Summer Opera Theater companies, at Constitution Hall as Sarastro in Magic Flute under the baton of Victor Borge, and as the title character in Marriage of Figaro with the New York Grand Opera.  His roles also include Basilio, Don Giovanni, Colline, Dulcamara, DeBecque and Alidoro.

    He has appeared as Gremin in Cleveland Opera’s Eugene Onegin, in the Kennedy Center production of Blitzstein’s Regina with Patti Lupone, as Pandolfe in Summer Opera’s Cendrillon, and created two roles in Wolf Trap Opera’s critically acclaimed world premiere of John Musto’s Volpone.

    Recent engagements include roles in Washington Concert Opera’s La Cenerentola (Alidoro), Adriana Lecouvreur(Quinault) and  Johann in Werther, and roles in Opera Lafayette’s Le Deserteur, performed in DC and New York and recorded on Naxos Records, and a return to Opera Lafayette last April for the role of Bartolo in Paisiello’s Barber of Seville at the Kennedy Center, and the title character of Gianni Schicchi  with the In Series in DC.

  • June 20, 2015 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Arte Trio: Cello, Piano, Violin

    Arté Tri​o​
    Arté Tri​o​

    The Arté Trio was formed by three Yale School of Music graduates whose deep friendship and ardent love for the chamber music repertoire have interwoven through the years to create a uniquely spirited and moving collaboration. After a successful 2012 debut at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, the Arté Trio’s performance calendar has included recitals in New York City and the tri-state area as well as innovative outreach events. In addition to Yale, the trio holds degrees from Columbia and Harvard Universities, Juilliard, and New England Conservatory. As individuals, the Arté Trio members pursue prominent careers as soloists, chamber musicians, innovative arts leaders, and educators. Performing solo concerts in East Asia, founding an El Sistema music program for underserved children in Alabama, and touring across America with a self-conducted orchestra are among the wealth and variety of musical experiences the trio brings to each of its performances.

    Hailed by many critics as a vibrant and thoughtful musician, pianist Katsura Tanikawa has been the recipient of more than 20 first prizes in national and international competitions. Ms. Tanikawa has been featured with numerous orchestras in the US and abroad, including featured performances with the Frankfurt State Symphony in Germany, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, Russia, the Philharmonia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Sound Symphony Orchestra in New York, among many others. Ms. Tanikawa has presented numerous solo piano recitals, including performances at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. D.C., Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Caramoor Performer’s Showcase Series in New York, Villa Bertramka in Prague, Czech Republic, and major concert halls in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, Japan. In 2008, Ms. Tanikawa recorded a solo piano album of all Liszt’s music titled Katsura Tanikawa plays Franz Liszt. Previously in 2005, Ms Tanikawa released a CD under the label Art Union (Japan) titled Beethoven Complete Works for Cello and Piano with renowned Viennese cellist and former cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Adalbert Skocic. The Beethoven Sonata album was designated as “Most Recommended Chamber Music CD” by Record Geijitsu Music publication in Japan.

    Violinist Miki-Sophia Cloud enjoys a rich musical life as a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestra leader, and innovative arts advocate. As an artist member of the self-conducted ensemble A Far Cry, her leadership as concertmaster and soloist has been acclaimed by the New York Times and The Boston Globe. In 2014, she curated and performed on the A Far Cry album “Dreams and Prayers,” an album which garnered a 2015 GRAMMY nomination. She also serves as Artistic Director of the White Mountains Music Festival, a summer chamber music festival in New Hampshire. Her innovative programming has been lauded by the Boston Globe and the Boston Music Intelligencer. As a soloist and recitalist, she has appeared at Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center, on NPR and Austrian National Radio. Recent performance highlights include Barber’s Violin Concerto with Maestro Peter Oundjian, duos with Ani and Ida Kavafian at Lincoln Center, and Schnittke’s “Moz-Art a la Haydn” at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. An alumna of Harvard College, Vienna Music University, Yale School of Music, and the Perlman Music Program, Cloud is currently a doctoral candidate at New England Conservatory.

    Cellist Laura Usiskin’s diverse musical interests span early Baroque to 21stcentury music and solo to orchestral playing. She has premiered dozens of works and performed with new music ensembles including the Bang-On-A-Can All Stars and the Axiom Ensemble. Ms. Usiskin’s solo, chamber, and orchestral performing have taken her throughout the United States and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Palazzo Chigi Saracini in Siena, Italy, Boston’s Symphony Hall and New York venues including Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Zankel Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Barge Music, Steinway Hall, and many others. Recent performances include Takemitsu’s Orion and Pleiades with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, a chamber concert with Richard Stoltzman at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and performances of the complete Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites in New Haven, CT and Los Angeles, CA. In 2011, Ms. Usiskin founded the Montgomery Music Project, an El Sistema strings program in Montgomery, Alabama. Ms. Usiskin received her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University, Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale University.

  • June 27, 2015 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Richard Shin -- Piano

    Richard Shin

    Young Steinway Artist Richard Shin has established himself as one of the top pianists in his generation. He has already garnered numerous prizes in prestigious competitions, while maintaining a rigorous performing schedule. Richard was the youngest first-prize winner in the history of the Maryland MTNA Senior Piano Competition. He was  also a competitor in the Eastern Division MTNA Senior Piano Competition for two years straight; in the second Year, he was named the alternate Representative. Richard’s numerous successes in piano competitions include first prize in  the Jazz and Classical Music Piano Competition, Ithaca Concerto Competition, Lichenberg Scholarship Award, Friday Morning Music Club High School Piano Competition and many others. In 2010 and 2011, he was consecutively named first prizewinner at the American Protege International Competition-including the 2011 Judges Award. These achievements also gave him the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall various times. That same year, Richard also won a prize at the 2011 Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT. Many performance engagement followed, including an invitation to perform at the Polish National Home.

    At age 14, Richard debuted with the Cumberland Symphony Orchestra performing the Grieg Concerto. Other performance highlights include solo  recitals for the ”Music at Penn Alps” concert series in 2011. He performed at the Asian American Medical Association Conference, the Korean American Scholarship Award Gala, the Mansion at Strathmore, and the Gilman School. Richard had his European debut in Cologne, Germany in 2012. He was featured in the ”Young Professionals” concert series by Bechstein Piano. Richard debuted as a Young Steinway Artist in the ”Celebrate the Chinese New Year” concert series in 2013 and in the same year performed at the DACOR Bacon House in Washington, D.C.. Last summer, Richard conducted at the Sienna Music Festival in Siena, Italy and also filled the role of assistant conductor.

    Richard has participated in numerous master classes. He has worked with world-renowned professors from all over the world. He had the opportunity to study with Leon Fleisher as a first-place winner of Jazz and Classical Music Piano Festival and Competition. He was selected to participate in the Chopin Etudes Master Class at the 2010 MTNA National Conference. Richard has also worked with Julian Martin, Nelita True, Irina Morozova, Sharon Mann, Matti Raekallio, Shigeo and Reiko Neriki, Nikita Fitenko, Scott McBride Smith and Joseph Banowetz.

    Richard is  freshman of the Columbia University in NYC. He is a member of the Cum Laude Society. He participates in many extracurricular activities such as cross-country and track. He is also a member of the school’s Jazz Band, a conductor of the school’s String Ensemble, and a lawyer for the Mock Trial Team. He was also selected as a High School Scholarship recipient from the Korean American Scholarship Foundation in 2012. Richard currently studies piano with Reiko Uchida of Columbia University and Yong Hi Moon of the Peabody Conservatory, conducting with Michael Rossi of the Washington National Opera. His former teachers were Betty Hadidian , Marjorie Lee and Scott Beard.

  • July 11, 2015 7:30 pm
    Chapel in Spruce Villiage, Penn Alps
    Gerdan Quartet: Eastern European Instruments

    Gerdan Quartet

    NB: This concert will be in the Chapel!

    Gerdan – Kaleidoscope of World Music is a professional ensemble in Washington DC area. The ensemble is named after Gerdan, a multi-colored, intricately woven beaded necklace from Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine. Like this dazzling and exquisite necklace, musicians bring alive rich arrangements that reflect their passion for tradition Eastern European folk melodies and rhythms.  Inspired by their native roots and heritage, they create and perform their own special blend of world music that brings together the old with the new, in a style that is fresh, lively, and beautiful. Gerdan’s musicians have been acknowledged for their technique and exquisite musical presentations performing an exciting repertoire of Eastern European folk music. The music of Gerdan is diverse, energetic and charming, bringing the fire and the edge of new melodic ideas and rhythms that capture the listener.

    The Gerdan concert program features contrasting musical styles in the musical traditions of Eastern Europe. Traditional songs and folk melodies get original arrangements in diverse and fascinating combinations of acoustic folk art instruments from Eastern Europe. The dialogue of spoken languages: Ukrainian, Slovak, Czech, Gypsy, and musical languages that are rich in history, and speak lively in the artistic creative impulse of modern musicians who travel joyfully in the musical arts to new horizons. Exceptional musicians, skilled, experienced, and dedicated to the sonic nurture of this art, reveal their passion for the modalities and rhythmic colorations that define folk music of Eastern Europe. The musicians of Gerdan share the direct life of their Eastern European multicultural music experience from generation to generation.

  • July 25, 2015 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Georgetown Quintet

    Georgetown Quintet

    The Georgetown Quintet (TGQ) dares to go where other quintets never go. This group commissions new works and plays them alongside classic works before varied audiences — including some that have never experienced live chamber music.

    Nominated for a Washington Area Music Award as Best Chamber Ensemble of 2009, TGQ has entertained audiences at Strathmore Mansion, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Benning Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC and Black Rock Center in Germantown, MD.

    Individual artists of The Georgetown Quintet have performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ray Charles.

    The musicians are:

    Melissa Lindon, flute: She is an active freelancer and teacher in the Washington DC area. She has served on the music faculty at Howard Community College and the Music Institute at HCC since 2003 upon completing her Artist Certificate in Flute Performance at Southern Methodist University. She earned her BMus (honors) and MMus degrees from Boston University, and was a finalist in the Pappoutsakis Flute Competition. Also a certified yoga teacher, she leads “Yoga for Musicians” workshops nationally.


    Denis Malloy, clarinet: Denis is a versatile clarinetist, bass clarinetist, saxophonist and composer happily making music ranging from classical, jazz, middle-eastern and cabaret to rock. Denis has performed with the Summer Opera Company in Washington, D.C., the AIMS Symphonie Orchester in Graz Austria, and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia.  In the non-­classical vein, he has performed with his own jazz quartet for various events at venues including the Library of Congress, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Peabody Library. As a composer and improviser, he has composed music for several Silent Era films, both as an individual and in collaboration with the band Boister. He has performed live accompaniment to silent film at the Kennedy Center, American Film Institute (Silver Spring), Charles Theatre, Patterson Theater (Baltimore) and the Avalon Theater (Easton, MD) and the Virginia Film Festival among others.  He appears on over a dozen CDs, including recordings by Persian Flamenco group The Roya Ensemble, Boister, and his independent project, TreeHouse Quartet, available at CDBaby and iTunes. Denis is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

    Robert Huffman, oboe: Robert performed with The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” for 33 years and retired in 2011.  He continues to freelance.  Robert received his Bachelors degree from Louisiana State University and a Masters in performance from The Catholic University of America.

    Nancy Switkes, bassoon: Nancy performs regularly with the National Gallery Orchestra. She has been a chamber musician at The Kennedy Center and Strathmore Mansion. She performed with R&B legend Ray Charles at Baltimore’s Artscape. Her recordings include the sound track of the Discovery Channel’s TV documentary “GIs Remember,” and on the 2008 CD of the works of Jonathan Newmark. At the French Embassy, Nancy composed and performed an unaccompanied flute score for “Le Petit Prince.” Twenty-two summers at the Chamber Music and Composers’ Forum of the East (Bennington, Vermont) inspired Nancy to form The Georgetown Quintet.

    Shane Iler, French horn: Shane grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where he attended the prestigious Youth Performing Arts School.  He then went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Indiana University. He regularly performs with The McLean Orchestra as principal horn and with the newly formed and growing conductor-less Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra.  Shane is also proficient at the natural (valve-less) horn, which he studied on grant from his university.

  • August 1, 2015 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Michael Carrera -- Cello and Piano

    Michael Carrera

    Michael has performed in some of the world’s greatest concert halls as a chamber musician, concert soloist, and recitalist. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 to great critical acclaim. He has played at Town Hall in New York City, Wigmore Hall in London, at the Rheingau Festival in Germany, and many other festivals in the United States and across Europe. He has performed live on radio at Germany’s MDR, France’s Radio 3, National Public Radio in the US, and television broadcasts in just as many countries. He performed a solo broadcast specifically for “NPR’s Performance Today” in New York City of the musical and theatrical adventure of Bernardo’s Farewell.

    Throughout his travels he has performed along side Pinchas Zukerman, Ivry Gitlis, Emanuel Borok, Peter Rejto, Pamela Frank, Robert DeMaine, Orli Shaham, Peter Takacs, and many others. He has performed with chamber groups and individual musicians from the Tokyo, Borromeo, Cleveland, Guarneri, American, and Emerson String Quartets. Michael regularly tours Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, and parts of South America, giving concerts and masterclasses at music conservatories and schools, as well as acting as a judge at international competitions

    Michael has recorded numerous commercial discs for New World Records, VOX Records, Summit Records, and Equilibrium Records. He has performed as a member of the Arcata Quartet in the world premiere of Paul Chihara’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, Kisses Sweeter than Wine, with the Utah Symphony and conductor Keith Lockhart. Miklos Rozsas Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello and orchestra with the National Symphony Orchestra of Moldova, and a CD entitled “Sticks and Stones” for percussion and strings. Specifically Tan Dun’s “Elegy: Snow in June”, concerto for Cello and Percussion Ensemble. This last CD is now considered one of the authoritative performances of this specific work by Tan Dun.

    Michael studied with cellists Lynn Harrell, David Geber, and Peter Rejto. He also studied chamber music with the late Isidore Cohen – former member of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Juilliard String Quartet. Michael’s degrees come from The Manhattan School of Music in New York City and University of Arizona. Michael currently serves on faculty at Ohio University in Athens and the Montecito Summer Chamber Music Festival in California.

  • August 8, 2015 N/A
    St. Marks Lutheran Church
    The New York Piano Duo: Alexander Beridze & Mai Kagaya

    The New York Piano Duo: Beridze and Kayaga

    Music at Penn Alps and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival will jointly present this concert of artists that first appeared in Garrett County in June of 2010. Beridze and Kagaya will again present a recital of works composed and arranged for piano for four hands. Making their Music at Penn Alps debuts are Mai Kagaya and Alexander Beridze, who together make up the New York Piano Duo. While pre-purchased Music at Penn Alps (MAPA) tickets may be used at the joint Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) and MAPA Piano Duo concert August 8th, you will be required to call GLAF to reserve a seat for MAPA tickets. Tickets purchased at the door will be $20 for either GLAF or MAPA tickets. Seating for 250 is available for this concert, but GLAF is expecting it to be well-attended.  Please be sure to reserve your seat!

    Gold medalist at the 2009 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Alexander Beridze has also won numerous competitions in his native Republic of Georgia. From 1996-2006, he was a correspondent for the weekly newspaper Kviris Palitra for which he wrote over 500 articles on music and interviewed distinguished musicians including Mstislav Rostropovich, Genadi Rojdestvensky, Yuri Bashmett, and Maxim Vengerov. Beridze is founder and artistic director of the New York Piano Festival and currently a faculty member of the Piano School of NYC; he also serves on the faculty at the Extension Division of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, where he continues his studies towards a DMA degree with Min Kwon.

    As a teenager, Japanese pianist Mai Kagaya established herself as a virtuoso performer in her native country. She won the Dorothy MacKenzie Award at the 2003 International Keyboard Institute & Festival, and was a prize winner at the Piano Teachers’ National Association Competition and the Japan Piano Teacher’s Association Competition. Kagaya earned her BM degree at the Toho Conservatory with Yoriko Takahashi, in Tokyo, Japan. As a chamber musician and solo performer, Mai Kagaya has appeared with Stern/Perlman, and in Zankel and Weill Recital Halls at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, and Kaufman Center.

  • August 15, 2015 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Jon Carney and Friends

    Jonathan Carney

    Jon has been a frequent visitor to Music at Penn Alps with various groupings including as a soloist. In every case, the performances have been superb!  ”Friends” may be family — his sister is a member of the American Quartet that played here without Jon — various musicians from the Baltimore Symphony or just friends. Whatever Jon puts together, you can be assured of hearing the best string ensemble music performance.

    Born in New Jersey in 1963, Jonathan Carney hails from a musical family with all six members having graduated from The Juilliard School. After completing his studies with Ivan Galamian and Christine Dethier, he was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to continue his studies in London at the Royal College of Music.

    After making successful tours of the Americas, Europe and the Far East as both leader and soloist with numerous international ensembles, including the orchestras of Los Angelos, Vancouver and Helsinki, Jonathan Carney was invited by Vladimar Ashkenazy to become leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his debut with the orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in 1991 and has since appeared as a soloist in many of the concert halls in Britain and the continent working with conductors such as Gatti, Kreizberg and Yuri Temirkonov as well as an extensive tour of South America with Yehudi Menuhin. Other recent engagements include the BBC Philharmonic, the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague and the Baltimore Symphony. 2005-2006 season includes European tours with violinist sister Laurie performing the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the Basque National Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony and the continental premiere of the Britten Double Concerto with Daniele Gatti and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    From 1994 to 2000, Jonathan Carney was also Concertmaster of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; performances have included the Bruch, Mozart, Brahms, Janecek and Nielson concertos, a live BBC broadcast of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending at the Barbican, and the Bottesini Grand Duo.

    In addition to his recordings for CBS Masterworks, Decca, ASV and Naxos, Jonathan Carney is regularly featured on the BBC and has most recently recorded solo works by John Cage and Bruno Moderna. He was also Director of the Royal Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble and has recorded over twenty discs for Tring International including The Four Seasons, The Lark Ascending and Mozart’s Third and Fifth Concertos, as well as the Sinfonia Concertante. He has recorded the Brahms G major and Frank sonatas, Beethoven’s Archduke and Ghost triosandthe Spring and Kreutzer sonatas. New releases include a disc of virtuoso works of Sarasate and Kreisler, an award winning recording of the Nielson concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the Naxos label and Michael Nyman’s The Piano Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Carney. An avid exponent of 20th-century music, his solo repertoire also includes works by Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Janacek, Paul Hindemith, Glass, Cage, Takemitsu, Maxwell Davis, Benjamin Britten, William Bolcom and John Corigliano.

  • August 22, 2015 7:30 pm
    Church
    Revamped Duo

    Mark and Sally Minnich

    NB: This concert will be in the Chapel!

    Revamped is an independent duo comprised of violinists Mark Minnich and Sally Williams Minnich, who have been bringing the precision of classical training together with the energy of pop concerts ever since since establishing the group in 2008. They have performed in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Washington D.C., and abroad in Austria and Greece. Revamped is currently based out of Central Pennsylvania and is available for performances in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New York City and surrounding areas.

    Mark Minnich holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Bowling Green State University. His studies included work with professors Vasile Beluska and Ioana Galu, and he was an active member of various ensembles such as the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Undergraduate String Quartet, the Jazz String Quartet, the Undergraduate Jazz Combo, and the Latin rock band ”La Revancha”. Mark has performed on tours within the United States as well as in Canada, Germany, Austria, Poland, Greece, China, and Tanzania. He has been teaching privately since 2007, instructing students of all ages and levels, and is currently working through the State College Music Academy and the Grier School. Mark has continued his studies at Penn State with a Master of Music in violin performance and a Master of Arts in music theory and history.

    Sally Williams Minnich began Suzuki violin lessons at age four and was accepted at age 16 as a preparatory student of David Russell at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has appeared as a soloist at numerous events, including performances at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival in 2011 and with Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra in 2014. She also recorded strings for Superchic[k]’s album “Rock What you Got” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2008.
    Williams Minnich holds bachelor’s degrees in violin performance and music composition and a master’s degree in violin performance from Bowling Green State University as well as a master’s degree in music education from Pennsylvania State University. She has had the privilege of studying with violin pedagogues Vasile Beluska and James Lyon and with composers Burton Beerman, Marilyn Shrude, Elainie Lillios, and Mikel Kuehn. She is currently developing a method for string education while serving as the Creative Director of the State College Suzuki Program.

  • August 29, 2015 7:30 pm
    Church
    Monica Andis and Angelica

    Angelica at the Gardner Winter Music Festival

    NB: This concert will be in the Chapel!

    Angelica’s musical backgrounds are an eclectic mix of classical, folk, Broadway and rock and roll, and most of these styles are represented in their concerts.