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Five performances planned for Johnstown Concert Series

Five performances planned for Johnstown Concert Series

BY KAYLA PONGRAC

Our Town Correspondent

The new season commenced Sept. 28 with a performance by Henry Wong Doe, a pianist who earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School in New York and now teaches the instrument to students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

Five more concerts are scheduled; the concert dates are as follows: Oct. 26, Nov. 23, March 21, April 18 and May 16. All concerts are to begin at 7:30 p.m. inside First Presbyterian Church in Johnstown — a venue that Bill Brice described as a “wonderful” place to hear live chamber music. 

The Oct. 26 concert brings to town harpist Mia Venezia and flautist Phoebe Robertson. Both were named Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Major Audition Winners. They are to be accompanied by Vahan Sargsyan on piano. 

“This concert is part of our on-going collaboration with the Pittsburgh Concert Society in giving their Major Audition Winners a place to demonstrate their talent,” said Brice, a member of the Johnstown Concert Series board of directors. “Each year, we are so very pleased with the result. I’m sure the duo this year will continue this tradition.” 

Both Venezia and Robertson are members of the 2017 Major Audition prize-winning flute, viola, and harp ensemble, Tartan Trio. Tartan Trio played as part of Johnstown Concert Series in Oct. 2017.  

Altoona Brass Collective will perform Nov. 23 under the direction of Doug Stephens. The Collective was formed in 2017 by musicians in the Central Pennsylvania area; many of those musicians were educated at colleges and universities such as Penn State, Slippery Rock and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“Altoona Brass Collective was recommended (to the Johnstown Concert Series board) by folks who have heard them play in other cities and felt they would make a good concert for us to usher in the holiday season,” Brice said. “And again, they are a local group. We try, wherever possible, to feature local Pennsylvania talent that might not have had a chance to play in Johnstown.” 

Many of the musicians in Altoona Brass Collective now teach in local school districts, including Altoona, Bedford, Hollidaysburg and Portage. 

The Johnstown Concert Series season will resume in the spring with a performance by Chatham University Choir. Consisting of both undergraduate and graduate women (music majors and non-music majors) at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, the Choir will perform under the direction of Stacey Brett Conner. 

“We open our spring series with a wonderful choir from Chatham University, who were recommended to us by a former Johnstown musician who now lives in Pittsburgh,” Brice said. “Each year, we try to have a choral group as part of the season, and we are looking forward to having them perform for our Laurel Highlands area audience.” 

Chatham University Choir has performed in major U.S. cities, including New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The second-to-last concert, on April 18, will feature a performance by PSO Chamber Players Piano Trio. The trio consists of Pittsburgh Symphony musicians; they are: Jennifer Orchard on violin; Mikhail Istomin on cello and Eugene Sirotkine on piano. 

“Again, as part of our series, we try to have a string ensemble in our series,” Brice said, “and what better string players can we have than ones from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra? The First Presbyterian Church will be wonderful venue in which these players can demonstrate their artistry in this beautiful intimate setting.” 

 

PSO Chamber Players Piano Trio was formed in the late 1990s. Their repertoire includes “familiar masterpieces to neglected gems to newly commissioned American works.” They played as part of the Johnstown Concert Series once before. 

 

The Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet will close the 2019-2020 season when they perform their concert on May 16. The Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet was formed in May 1973. At that time, the members were students at Duquesne University; throughout the past four decades, they’ve managed to keep the group intact. Members are Warren Yeckel on baritone saxophone; Mike Jacob on alto saxophone; Steve Ehrin on tenor saxophone; and Marino Galluzzo on soprano saxophone.

“Each year, we try to close our season with a little something different, and the Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet certainly fits that model,” Brice said. “A member of our board has heard them and has been trying to get the JCS into their schedule for a while. This year, it worked.  This will be a delightful end to our season.” 

 

For more information or to purchase tickets to one or more of these upcoming concerts, visit www.johnstownmusic.org. Please note that seating in First Presbyterian Church is unreserved. At the end of each performance, audience members are invited to an informal meet-and-greet with the musicians.

Brice said these Johnstown Concert Series performances will give people an opportunity to hear high-quality chamber music at affordable prices. 

“We are able to keep our ticket prices as low as we do thanks to the support of the David A. Glosser Foundation, other local businesses and donations from our audience members,” Brice said. “Without this public support, especially from the Glosser Foundation, we would not exist.” 

All concerts are subject to change. Visit the Johnstown Concert Series website throughout the 2019-2020 for the most up-to-date information. 

The new season commenced Sept. 28 with a performance by Henry Wong Doe, a pianist who earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School in New York and now teaches the instrument to students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

Five more concerts are scheduled; the concert dates are as follows: Oct. 26, Nov. 23, March 21, April 18 and May 16. All concerts are to begin at 7:30 p.m. inside First Presbyterian Church in Johnstown — a venue that Bill Brice described as a “wonderful” place to hear live chamber music. 

The Oct. 26 concert brings to town harpist Mia Venezia and flautist Phoebe Robertson. Both were named Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Major Audition Winners. They are to be accompanied by Vahan Sargsyan on piano. 

“This concert is part of our on-going collaboration with the Pittsburgh Concert Society in giving their Major Audition Winners a place to demonstrate their talent,” said Brice, a member of the Johnstown Concert Series board of directors. “Each year, we are so very pleased with the result. I’m sure the duo this year will continue this tradition.” 

Both Venezia and Robertson are members of the 2017 Major Audition prize-winning flute, viola, and harp ensemble, Tartan Trio. Tartan Trio played as part of Johnstown Concert Series in Oct. 2017.  

Altoona Brass Collective will perform Nov. 23 under the direction of Doug Stephens. The Collective was formed in 2017 by musicians in the Central Pennsylvania area; many of those musicians were educated at colleges and universities such as Penn State, Slippery Rock and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“Altoona Brass Collective was recommended (to the Johnstown Concert Series board) by folks who have heard them play in other cities and felt they would make a good concert for us to usher in the holiday season,” Brice said. “And again, they are a local group. We try, wherever possible, to feature local Pennsylvania talent that might not have had a chance to play in Johnstown.” 

Many of the musicians in Altoona Brass Collective now teach in local school districts, including Altoona, Bedford, Hollidaysburg and Portage. 

The Johnstown Concert Series season will resume in the spring with a performance by Chatham University Choir. Consisting of both undergraduate and graduate women (music majors and non-music majors) at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, the Choir will perform under the direction of Stacey Brett Conner. 

“We open our spring series with a wonderful choir from Chatham University, who were recommended to us by a former Johnstown musician who now lives in Pittsburgh,” Brice said. “Each year, we try to have a choral group as part of the season, and we are looking forward to having them perform for our Laurel Highlands area audience.” 

Chatham University Choir has performed in major U.S. cities, including New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The second-to-last concert, on April 18, will feature a performance by PSO Chamber Players Piano Trio. The trio consists of Pittsburgh Symphony musicians; they are: Jennifer Orchard on violin; Mikhail Istomin on cello and Eugene Sirotkine on piano. 

“Again, as part of our series, we try to have a string ensemble in our series,” Brice said, “and what better string players can we have than ones from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra? The First Presbyterian Church will be wonderful venue in which these players can demonstrate their artistry in this beautiful intimate setting.” 

 

PSO Chamber Players Piano Trio was formed in the late 1990s. Their repertoire includes “familiar masterpieces to neglected gems to newly commissioned American works.” They played as part of the Johnstown Concert Series once before. 

 

The Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet will close the 2019-2020 season when they perform their concert on May 16. The Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet was formed in May 1973. At that time, the members were students at Duquesne University; throughout the past four decades, they’ve managed to keep the group intact. Members are Warren Yeckel on baritone saxophone; Mike Jacob on alto saxophone; Steve Ehrin on tenor saxophone; and Marino Galluzzo on soprano saxophone.

“Each year, we try to close our season with a little something different, and the Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet certainly fits that model,” Brice said. “A member of our board has heard them and has been trying to get the JCS into their schedule for a while. This year, it worked.  This will be a delightful end to our season.” 

 

For more information or to purchase tickets to one or more of these upcoming concerts, visit www.johnstownmusic.org. Please note that seating in First Presbyterian Church is unreserved. At the end of each performance, audience members are invited to an informal meet-and-greet with the musicians.

Brice said these Johnstown Concert Series performances will give people an opportunity to hear high-quality chamber music at affordable prices. 

“We are able to keep our ticket prices as low as we do thanks to the support of the David A. Glosser Foundation, other local businesses and donations from our audience members,” Brice said. “Without this public support, especially from the Glosser Foundation, we would not exist.” 

All concerts are subject to change. Visit the Johnstown Concert Series website throughout the 2019-2020 for the most up-to-date information.

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