Newtown Chamber Orchestra will perform its third concert of the season, “A Night at the Opera & More”

The concert will be conducted by Russell W. Hoffmann, Music Director and Conductor on Sunday, March 30th, at 7:00pm at the Lutheran Church of God’s Love, 791 Newtown-Yardley Road, Newtown.

Music to be performed will include:

  • Overture to “L’Italiana in Algeri” by Rossini;
  • Selections from “Carmen” by Verdi. The singers for this performance are guest soloists from The Opera Project, of Stockton, NJ, Walter MacNichol, Director);
  • ”Ziguenerweisen” for violin and orchestra by Pablo de Sarasate (Performed by Ms. Sophia Yoo);
  • ”Symphony No. 1 in D Major” by Franz Shubert.

Participating soloists include:

  • Sophia Yoo, Winner of the NCO 2013-2014 Young Musicians Competition, will be playing “Ziguenerweisen” for violin and orchestra by Pablo de Sarasate. Ms. Yoo has been studying violin since age four and piano and harp for eight and five years respectively. In 2010, she won first prize in the junior harp division of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society and in 2011 was awarded a scholarship from a Korean youth orchestra in Washington, D.C. Sophia is an Advanced Study Scholarship recipient as a member of the Newman Quartet and in 2013 she received prizes in the Tri-County Youth Festival as well as the Bucks County Youth Competition.

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BCSO presents ‘Strike Up the Band’

On Sunday, December 8th at 3:00pm, the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra (BCSO), directed by Maestro Gary S. Fagin, presents the annual Youth Concert “Strike Up The Band” at Central Bucks West High School.

The concert features the Symphonic Performers of Buckingham, Jamison and Linden Elementary Schools, directed by Aric Branchfield and Elaine Copeland. They’ll perform “Shipwreck,” composed by Mr. Branchfield.

BCSO Youth Competition winner Isaiah Kim will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Variations.” Twelve-year-old Isaiah started playing the cello at age four, and has won a variety of competitions including the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Student Competition. The orchestra will also perform a selection of seasonal favorites.

Doors open at 2:15pm, and the concert begins at 3:00pm. Tickets for students are free; adult tickets are $10. Purchase tickets at the door or at Rutherford’s Camera Shop in Doylestown. For information visit www.buckscountysymphony.org or call 215-348-7321.

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NHS students perform with All-National Honors Ensembles in Nashville

Rachel Jones, Chris Perugini and Jasmin Tharakan, from Neshaminy High School, have been selected as members of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Rachel performed with the band, while Chris and Jasmin performed with the choir.

The students joined more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on October 30th in Nashville, TN. These exceptional students prepared remarkably challenging music that they performed under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth, and Rodney Whitaker.

The NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of NAfME.

The concert band and symphony orchestra each has approximately 350 vocalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

NAfME, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

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NHS students perform with All-National Honors Ensembles in Nashville

 

Rachel Jones, Chris Perugini and Jasmin Tharakan, from Neshaminy High School, have been selected as members of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Rachel performed with the band, while Chris and Jasmin performed with the choir.

The students joined more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on October 30th in Nashville, TN. These exceptional students prepared remarkably challenging music that they performed under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth, and Rodney Whitaker.

The NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of NAfME.

The concert band and symphony orchestra each has approximately 350 vocalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

NAfME, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

PHOTO CAP: From left, Jasmin Tharakan, Chris Perugini, and Rachel Jones.

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The Piazza Nuova Lodge proudly presents international Italian pop singer and songwriter Giada Valenti in concert

The Piazza Nuova Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America of Yardley/Newtown, Pennsylvania, proudly presents Venetian born international Italian pop singer and songwriter Giada Valenti in concert on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 3 p.m., at the Gateway Auditorium at Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA.

Accompanied by her full band and the Bucks County Community College ‘Madrigal Singers’ Giada will take you on a musical journey singing her own renditions of hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s as well as recent contemporary songs combined with Italian songs and Christmas favorites. All songs have fresh new arrangements with a warm adult contemporary pop sound. With her delightful personality Giada Valenti has become a brand that stands for romantic music, glamour and spectacular shows.

In addition, professional harpist Gloria Galante will perform during the reception and program break. Gloria is the professor and creator of the harp program at West Chester University Harp Ensemble, a Musicopia ensemble leader, and is on the prestigious roster of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
 
Tickets: $30, Family Rate 4 or more $25 each. For tickets call: 1-800-838-3006 event #429249 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/429249.

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‘Voices of Bucks’ concert highlights local choral ensembles

For more than a decade, Newtown’s Bucks County Singers has been bringing together the finest in choral groups from the Bucks County area and beyond for their annual “Voices of Bucks” choral festival. This year, the concert, which continually draws a large and diverse crowd, will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at 3:30pm at the New Life Christian Church in Newtown.

The 2013 program will feature choirs from various parts of the county and of a wide range of ages, including the Council Rock South Vocal Ensemble, a select group of high school students, conducted by Corey Axler; the Bucks County Women’s Chorus, a 75-voice ensemble directed by Holland resident Patricia Guth; and the Profound Sound barbershop quartet, part of the Bucks County Chapter chorus, Mid-Atlantic District of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Also joining in the fun is the Neshaminy High School Select Choir, led by Kristin Nichols.

Special guests for this concert will be Viridis, an auditioned high school vocal ensemble specializing in standard choral repertoire from the Renaissance to today, hailing from Central New Jersey and directed by 2002 Council Rock graduate, Ryan Guth.

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Delaware Valley Wind Symphony Fall Concert

The acclaimed Delaware Valley Wind Symphony will present its annual fall concert on Saturday, November 9th at 7:00pm, at Charles Boehm Middle School Auditorium, 866 Big Oak Road, Yardley.

Tickets at the door are $10. Children and students are free.

Complimentary refreshments will be served after the concert. For more information contact Andrew Pac at 215-355-8743.

Recently called “the best kept secret in Bucks County,” the ensemble, subbing for the world famous U.S. Marine Band, recently performed at the annual Marine Ball in Atlantic City at Bally’s Casino. The concert, benefitting families of Marines KIA, was performed in front of 400 Marines, the Marine commandant, and 16 Medal of Honor recipients.

The ensemble has been invited back to perform next year.

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BC Symphony Orchestra begins 61st concert season

The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra’s 61st concert season begins at 8:00pm on Saturday, October 19th, at Central Bucks South High School with an acclaimed quartet of wind players performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Winds, and Ellington’s Fugueaditty and Jam-a-Ditty.

The BCSO will also perform Mendelssohn’s The Beautiful Melusine Overture, Op. 32; Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain and Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 2 Mysterious Mountain.

Clarinetist Alan Kay, is Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Ensemble, a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Bassoonist Peter Kolkay, is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the ISIS Orchestra, and the South Carolina Philharmonic.

Eric Reed, French horn, a member of the Canadian Brass, New World Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, has also performed with Ray Charles and Wynton Marsalis.

Oboist James Austin Smith performs with the Talea Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Tickets for seniors are $15; adults $18 ($20 at door), students are free. For tickets or more information visit www.buckscountysymphony.org or call 215-348-7321.

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Newtown Chamber Orchestra announces 2013-2014 concert season

Newtown Chamber Orchestra (NCO), celebrating its 24th concert season, tunes up for its first concert of the season, “Autumn Strings,” on Sunday, October 13th, at 7:00pm at the Lutheran Church of God’s Love, 791 Newtown-Yardley Road, Newtown. 

“Lyric for Strings,” by acclaimed American composer, George Walker, is a work of intensity, lyricism and beauty. The Mendelssohn “Sinfonie No. 5 in B-flat,” written in 1821-1823, when Mendelssohn was 12-14 years of age, reflects a high level of energy and melodic content with an innocent charm.

“Simple Symphony “(1913) by the celebrated 20th century Great Britain composer, Benjamin Britten, was dedicated to Audrey Alston, Britten’s childhood viola teacher.

“Autumn, Winter Concerti” from “The Four Seasons,” written by Antonio Vivaldi, an ordained priest, reveals a full narrative of each season of the year and will be performed by the accomplished violinist, Mialtin Zhezha.  Mr. Zhezha was born in Albania where he made his debut performance at the age of 12. He has performed in Italy, Greece, Great Britain, Japan and across the United States winning many prizes and competitions.

Mr. Zhezha has earned a Master of Music Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in violin and viola from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was under the guidance of Pinchas Zukerman, Pattinka Kopec, and Lawrence Dutton.

Giuseppe Verdi’s “String Symphony in E Minor” will be the final work of this unique concert.

All NCO concerts will be conducted by Russell W. Hoffmann, Music Director and Conductor.

Music lovers will also take pleasure in the remaining two concerts to be performed by the Orchestra: “Soloists on Stage” – Sunday, January 19th, 2014 and “A Night at The Opera & More!” – Sunday, March 30th, 2014.

The NCO is proud to “Spotlight” cellist Chris Simon, who has performed with them since mid-1990, as well as with the Delaware Valley Philharmonic and the Trenton Symphony, and as a trombonist with several jazz groups.  

Since 2002, Chris Simon has conducted the Council Rock South High School Orchestra (CRSO), which was invited to perform at the White House this past December. Combining his love of the high school orchestra with the love of performing with his family, he was allowed to have his family of five perform during the orchestra’s break.

Individual concert tickets are: adults $25; seniors $20; students and children admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance through the NCO website (address below). There will be open seating, and complimentary refreshments are served at all concerts.

For further information email Information@newtownchamberorchestra.org, visit www.newtownchamberorchestra.org, or call 267-291-4626.

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BucksMont Chorus presents musical on Oct. 12th

The BucksMont Chorus “Squires of Song,” under the direction of Tom Hankins and Tom Ferguson, will present their annual musical on Saturday, October 12th at 1:00 and 7:00pm, at Davisville Church, 325 Street Road, Southampton.

This year’s show, “Jukebox on Broadway,” will feature a variety of entertainment. The first half of the show is a skit with a cast of actors. The second half of the show will be concert style, featuring “Match 4,” an award-winning women’s quartet from New Jersey.

Also performing will be singer Marti Noel, a former Mrs. New Jersey. Featured also will be accomplished accordion player Bo Kuhn.

During intermission there will be door prizes, plenty of snacks, and baked goods.

For info and tickets call 215-885-1337 (day), or 267-206-1026. Adult tickets are $18, seniors (over 65) and students $15. Active military and children under 12 are free.

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