Williamsport Chamber Music Festival holds series of concerts

Williamsport Chamber Music Festival holds series of concerts

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The Williamsport Chamber Music Festival will hold its series of concerts Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26 from 12-1 p.m. each day in Clarke Chapel, unless otherwise noted. All concerts are free and open to the public.

On Monday, June 22, the weeklong concert series kicks off with the Jim Lyon and Friends Concert in Honors Hall, on the corner of Fourth and Basin streets in Williamsport. Lyon is a renowned violinist and music professor at Penn State University. He maintains an international performing career as violinist with the Castalia Trio and Duo Concertant. Tours with these ensembles have taken him to much of Asia and western Europe in recent years.

The Children’s Concert will be held on Tuesday, June 23. The Williamsport Chamber Music Festival faculty and students will bring story characters to life through live music. Special guest, Nina White, of the James V. Brown Children’s Library will narrate the story.

Wednesday’s concert, June 24, will feature the Eaken Piano Trio. The Grammy-nominated Eaken Piano Trio has over 28 years of critically acclaimed music making and audience-building residencies, including three Carnegie Hall performances, 10 tours in Europe and Asia and 12 CD releases on the Naxos, Catalpa and Con Brio labels.

The Williamsport Chamber Music Festival Faculty Concert will be held on Thursday, June 25, and feature a collaboration among the seven members of the music festival faculty. The faculty members include: Emily Rolka, director of the Suzuki Program at Robert M. Sides; Andrew Rammon, principal cellist of the Williamsport Symphony and adjunct faculty member at Lycoming College; Kenneth Sarch, concertmaster of the Bloomsburg Symphony; Robyn Greene, violist with the Williamsport Symphony and the Susquehanna Valley Chorale; Amanda Gunderson, assistant professor of music at Lycoming College; William Ciabattari, Ph.D., director of bands and associate professor of music at Lycoming College; and Donald Fisher, M.M.E., percussionist with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Billtown Brass, Susquehanna Valley Chorale, Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra.

The series of concerts will conclude on Friday, June 26, with the Williamsport Chamber Music Festival Student Concert. The students who participated in the music festival will perform the final concert and culmination of festival events. A reception will follow and all are welcome to stay and congratulate the students on their performances.

The Williamsport Chamber Music Festival (WCMF) was created to offer dedicated music students of all ages the opportunity to study and perform chamber music. Music educators and performers work together to craft this experiential program, benefiting the community of Williamsport. For more information, please visit the Williamsport Chamber Music Festival Web page.

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