Current Events Calendar

  • July 30, 2016 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Antony Zwerdling -- Baritone and accompanist

    Anthony Zwerdling

    Antony Zwerdling performs opera, oratorio, and recital repertoire across the United States. He has appeared in over twenty-five roles, including Papageno in Zauberflöte, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Sivilia, Eisenstein and Falke in Die Fledermaus, Sid in Albert Herring, Pooh Bah in The Mikado, Mama Agata in Le Convenienze Teatrali, and Marcello in La Bohème. He has also sung as a soloist in Händel's Messiah, Bach's St Matthew Passion, and the requiems of Mozart and Fauré. He has presented ten different recital programs, choosing repertoire that spans a wide range of stylist periods and genres.

    Zwerdling performs with numerous opera companies, choruses, and orchestras, including Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lake George Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Opera Boston, Ash Lawn Opera, Handel & Haydn Society, Washington Bach Consort, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Washington Master Chorale, and Philharmonia Baroque.

    He received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and master's from Boston University. In 2007, he earned his doctorate from Shenandoah Conservatory, writing about songs of Samuel Barber.

  • August 6, 2016 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Merling Trio

    Merling Trio

    The Merling Trio consists of Renata Artman Knific -- violin, Bruce Uchimura -- cello, and Susan Wiersma Uchimura -- piano. The trio is recognized as one of today's premier ensembles. A truly international trio, it brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese, and Dutch backgrounds. The Merling Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, magnificent precision, and an impeccable blend of sound. The trio made its New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993, and was named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994.

    The Merling Trio has given numerous recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Members of the Trio have performed with orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and the South Carolina Philharmonic, under the baton of such notable conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, and Christoph Eschenbach. Recent trio performances include concerts for the Lagerstrom Concerts Series at Caltech, the Texas Friends of Chamber Music Series, the Jewel Box Series in Chicago, the Charleston Chamber Music Society, Merkin Hall, and the Antioch College Professional Piano Series. Performances by the Merling Trio have been broadcast widely on television and radio, including WNYC, WFMT 98.7 in Chicago, Interlochen Public Radio, and Peachstate Public Radio. The 2013-14 season will include tours to Arkansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Iowa, California, and Nevada.

    Several contemporary composers have written works for the Merling Trio, and in 1993, they commissioned and premiered C. Curtis-Smith's Second Piano Trio. In February 1998, the trio returned to Carnegie Hall for a sold-out performance of a new work by Terry Winter-Owens, commissioned by the Merling Trio with a Commissioning Grant from the American Composers Forum. In 2003, the trio premiered Frank Proto's Quartet for Piano and Strings with bassist Tom Knificat St. John's Smith Square in London, England. The trio performed the complete piano trios of C. Curtis-Smith for a gala concert at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in 2010.  The 2013 season saw a premiere of the trio's newest commission, Piano Trio No. 2, from San Francisco composer Peter Scott Lewis.

    The Merling Trio takes its name from the Danish violin maker, Paul Merling.  Currently, Mr. Uchimura performs on an Enrico Marchetti cello, made in Turin, Italy, in 1899.  Ms. Knific's violin, fashioned by Vincenzo Postiglione in Naples, Italy, dates from 1898.


    Hungarian Dance No. 15 and 17 Brahms/Hermann
    Piano Trio in E Major, K542 Mozart
    Andante grazioso
    Hungarian Dance No. 9 and 5 Brahms/Hermann
    Notturno in E-flat Major, D 897 Schubert
    The Days of Wine and Roses Mancini/Knific
    Moon River Mancini/Knific
    Hungarian Dance No. 6 Brahms/Hermann

  • August 13, 2016 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Ismar Gomes and Wan-Chi Su -- Cello & Piano

    Wan Chi Su & Ismar Gomes

    Cellist Ismar Gomes performs throughout the US and Europe as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician and has been hailed for his “impressive virtuosity, energy, and a handsome tonal range.” As a recording artist, Mr. Gomes made the premiere recording of a chamber opera by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, David Lang, in collaboration with the Harlem Quartet last year.

    Taiwanese pianist Wan-Chi Su has enjoyed an active career as a solo and chamber musician, having performed to prize-winning acclaim at many venues in Asia, Europe and the United States. Besides her regular activities as a solo performance major, Wan-Chi is a dynamic and sought-after performer on the East Coast, as a chamber musician and vocal accompanist.

    Wan-Chi and Ismar perform compositions that span the gamut of available repertoire, and the each of the Duo’s imaginative programs is driven by a creative, thematic idea. By coupling vivid performances with informative commentary from the stage, they create memorable and meaningful experiences for their audiences. The Duo is traveling throughout the US in 2015, performing debuts on several series, making several return engagements and premiering a work they commissioned from New York based composer, William Weigel. They have been invited to give concerts and present masterclasses throughout the US over the coming seasons, and are excited to record their Debut Album in the winter of 2015.

  • August 20, 2016 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Io Flute Duo -- Keith Hanlon and Amara Guitry, Sean Beachy -- Piano

    Keith HanlonAmara Guitry

    The io ensemble highlights the flute through the performance of a wide variety of repertoire using historical and modern instruments.

    Io was founded by Amara Guitry and Keith Hanlon in 2015 to showcase less commonly performed repertoire for flute that includes solo, duo, and mixed ensemble pieces. The duo further pushes the initiative by including period instruments, widening the tonal palette of their performances. Their roster of instruments include copies of 18th century flutes, original instruments from the turn of the 20th century, modern instruments, and other members of the flute family.

    The ensemble varies its program depending on the concert space and the availability of local collaborative musicians. Each concert is unique, either through repertoire, personnel, or instrumentation and provides each audience with a colorful and personal experience.

    Sonata in h-Moll, TWV 40:141 by Georg Philipp Telemann

    Elysian Fields by Robert Maggio
    Part One:  . . . the lyre gave forth some mournful notes . . .
    Part Two:  . . . The poet’s shade fled beneath the earth . . .
    Part Three:  . . . and, seeking through the blessed fields, found Eurydice

    Scenes from the Japanese Countryside, Land of Remote Valleys by David Loeb

    After Hokusai, opus 89 by Carey Blyton
    Cormorant in the Snow
    Carp in a Waterfall
    Azaleas and Cuckoo
    Peonies and Butterfly
    Frog on an old Tile

    Trio for Piano and 2 Flutes, opus 119 by Fredrich Kuhlau
    Allegro moderato
    Sostenuto assai

    Maya by Ian Clarke

    Duettino hongrois, Op.36 for 2 Flutes and Piano, opus 36 by Doppler
    Allegro moderato
    Andante moderato