Current Events Calendar

  • 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.


    Debussy: Cello Sonata
    Barber: Cello Sonata
    Schumann: Fantasy Pieces
    Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata

  • August 8, 2015 7:30 pm
    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. Pre-purchased Music at Penn Alps (MAPA) 10-pack tickets may be used at the joint Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) and MAPA Piano Duo concert August 8th.. Single Tickets may be purchased on-line for $19. Seating for 250 is available for this concert, but GLAF and MAPA are expecting it to be well-attended.  Please be sure purchase a ticket early!

    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.


    Schubert: Fantasia in F minor for Piano FourHands D. 940
    Brahms: Selections from Hungarian Dances
    Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue for Piano FourHands (Arranged by Henry Levine)
    Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Arranged by Yoko Yamamoto)

  • August 15, 2015 7:30 pm
    Great Hall at Penn Alps
    Jon Carney, Violin and John Nauman, Piano

    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.


    Sonata in C minor.     Op. 30 #2.             L.V. Beethoven
    Allegro not con brio
    Adagio cantabile
    Finale  Allegro

    Romance in F major.   Op. 50.                L. v.   Beethoven

    Concerto in A minor.  Op. 82.               Alexander Glazunov

  • August 22, 2015 7:30 pm
    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.


    The House of the Rising Sun – Traditional
    O Magnum Mysterium – Thomas Louis de Victoria
    Selections from “The Four Seasons” – Antonio Vivaldi
    Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
    Scarborough Fair – Traditional
    Summertime – George Gershwin
    Stairway to Heaven – Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
    The Wayfaring Stranger – Traditional
    Caprice No. 24 – Niccolò Paganini
    Autumn Leaves – Joseph Kosma
    The Orange Blossom Special – Ervin T. Rouse
    Csárdás Revamped – Vittorio Monti

  • August 29, 2015 7:30 pm
    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.