Kutz­town Univer­sity Sum­mer Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val runs July 2 to 6

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - ENTERTAINMENT - By John Sch­moyer Kutz­town Recre­ation Di­rec­tor

The 7th an­nual Kutz­town Univer­sity Sum­mer Cham­ber Mu­sic fes­ti­val, un­der the Di­rec­tion of Maria As­te­ri­adou, is pleased to an­nounce Mu­sic With­out Bor­ders con­cert at the Kutz­town Park band­shell on Wed­nes­day evening, July 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The week of Sun­day, July 2 through Thurs­day, July 6 will bring many tal­ented mu­si­cians into the Kutz­town area, as they par­tic­i­pate in the Kutz­town Univer­sity Sum­mer Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. One of the highlights of the fes­ti­val will be their per­for­mance in the Bor­ough of Kutz­town Band­shell at the Kutz­town park.

Var­i­ous so­los, duets, trios, and quar­tets com­prised of Kutz­town Univer­sity fac­ulty mem­bers and stu­dents, will per­form a va­ri­ety of mu­sic from clas­si­cal, show tunes to pop­u­lar songs. Pre­sent­ing a pulse pound­ing ex­trav­a­ganza will show­case stu­dents from the Fes­ti­val on elec­tric and tra­di­tional in­stru­ments play­ing pop­u­lar fa­vorites by Shostakovich, The Bea­tles, Gnarls Barkley, Latin Gold, Clean ban­dit, as well as a med­ley from the Os­car Win­ning movie – “LaLa Land”.

Come join in the fun and ex­pe­ri­ence some of the world’s most beloved mu­sic in a beau­ti­ful open-air set­ting at the Kutz­town Park Band­shell. The “Mu­sic With­out Bor­ders” con­cert is free to the public and is part of the Bor­ough of Kutz­town’s “2017 Con­cert Se­ries in the Park”, and will be held rain or shine in the cov­ered Kutz­town Park Band­shell.

Of­fer­ing more in­for­ma­tion about the Kutz­town Univer­sity Sum­mer Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, Maria As­te­ri­adou writes that the open­ing night con­cert will be held on Sun­day July 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Scha­ef­fer Au­di­to­rium. “The pro­gram will in­clude the ex­cit­ing and evoca­tive Sketches from ‘Sun­set’, by the Rus­sian com­poser Leonid Desy­at­nikov, in the quin­tet ver­sion for flute, clar­inet, vi­olin, bass and pi­ano. It is a piece that is de­rived from the com­poser’s score for the film ‘Sun­set’, based on tales by Isaac Ba­bel which in­ter­weave the bi­b­li­cal story of David and Ab­sa­lom with a de­pic­tion of 20th cen­tury Ukrainian gang­sters. The mu­sic in­cor­po­rates all dif­fer­ent gen­res of pop­u­lar mu­sic, such as Tango, Klezmer, Fox­trot, etc.” she writes.

Af­ter in­ter­mis­sion is the fa­mous Pi­ano Quin­tet by Robert Schu­mann, which was the first ma­jor work of the Ro­man­tic era for string quar­tet plus pi­ano and is un­doubt­edly one of the most beloved works of the cham­ber mu­sic lit­er­a­ture.

On Mon­day, July 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Ge­or­gian Room, Old Main, is a pro­gram cen­tered on the Ro­man­tic Era.

“The beau­ti­ful Trio for Clar­inet, Vi­ola and Pi­ano by Carl Rei­necke will open the evening, and rep­re­sents the epit­ome of postBrahm­sian ro­man­ti­cism. This will be fol­lowed by a per­for­mance of the pop­u­lar Ser­e­nade for String Trio by Erno Dohnanyi, one of the most melodic and vir­tu­osic works in the lit­er­a­ture. Af­ter in­ter­mis­sion, the mon­u­men­tal Pi­ano Trio in B flat Ma­jor of Franz Schu­bert will close the evening. This trio, which com­bines heav­enly melodic in­ven­tion with charm­ing Aus­trian dance rhythms, is inar­guably one of the great­est com­po­si­tions of the 19th cen­tury.”

On Tues­day, July 4, at 7:30 p.m., in Scha­ef­fer Au­di­to­rium, in celebration of In­de­pen­dence Day, the fes­ti­val will present the “Amer­i­can Fire­works” pro­gram, fea­tur­ing stu­dents and fac­ulty in di­verse works. The Suite from Billy the Kid Co­p­land, ar­ranged for two pi­anos, four hands; the fa­mous Ada­gio for Strings by Sa­muel Bar­ber; and the ex­hil­a­rat­ing Sonata for Vi­olin and Pi­ano by John Corigliano (com­poser of the sound­track to the movie The Red Vi­olin) will be among the fea­tured com­po­si­tions.

The con­certs on Thurs­day, July 6 and Fri­day, July 7, both at 7:30 p.m. in Scha­ef­fer Au­di­to­rium and the Satur­day, July 8 con­cert at 2 p.m., in Scha­ef­fer Au­di­to­rium, will fea­ture stu­dents from the Fes­ti­val in a va­ri­ety of works for di­verse com­bi­na­tions of in­stru­ments by com­posers from the Clas­si­cal era through the 21st Cen­tury, in­clud­ing mu­sic by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Men­delssohn, Bruch, Tchaikovsky, Prokofi­eff, Pi­az­zolla, Dahl, and Bolling.

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