Clas­si­cal mu­sic on dis­play

Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble brings 2 guests to an­nual win­ter con­cert

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The Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble will wel­come two spe­cial guests to its win­ter con­cert this week­end in Schuylkill Haven. The con­cert will be held at 3 p.m. Sun­day at Jerusalem Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church, 252 Dock St. Tick­ets are $ 15 for se­niors and $ 20 for adults. Stu­dents are free.

The en­sem­ble will be joined by renowned mu­si­cians Domenick Fiore, dou­ble bass, and Xun Pan, pi­ano.

“Play­ing with Xun Pan and Domenick Fiore is a real treat for us, Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble. These two mu­si­cians are col­leagues of ours, we have known them for years,” said Agnes Mau­rer, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. Along­with Mau­rer on vi­ola, the group in­cludes Si­mon Mau­rer on vi­o­lin and Ger­all Hieser on cello.

The con­cert’s pro­gram con­sists of Lud­wig van Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” vi­o­lin sonata ( first move­ment), Gioachino Rossini’s “Duo for Cello and Bass,” Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart’s “Kegel­stadt Trio” for vi­o­lin, vi­ola and pi­ano ( first move­ment), and “Trout” pi­ano quin­tet by Franz Schu­bert.

A noted cham­ber mu­si­cian, Pan is the pi­anist of the New­stead Trio and Trio Clavino. He has served as a judge in many com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing Fr inn a Aw er bu ch In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion in NewYork, United States Mu­sic Open Com­pe­ti­tion in Oakland, Cal­i­for­nia, and Cul­lell In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Pan is an ad­junct pro­fes­sor of pi­ano and di­rec­tor of pre- col­lege mu­sic di­vi­sion at Millersville Univer­sity, and a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at many uni­ver­si­ties and con­ser­va­to­ries in China, in­clud­ing China Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic, China North­west Univer­sity for Na­tion­al­i­ties, Fuzhou Univer­sity, Yan­tai Univer­sity, Shan­dong Univer­sity, Qing­hai Nor­mal Univer­sity and Wen­zhou Univer­sity. He also serves as artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Lan­caster In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Fes­ti­val.

“Xun has been fea­tured on our se­ries for about four years now— butwe have known him for 16 years via the Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of Mu­sic, the Trio Clavino and Millersville Univer­sity— and the au­di­ence loves him for his vir­tu­osic and im­pec­ca­ble ren­di­tions of fa­mous clas­si­cal mu­si­cal works. His en­ergy on stage is con­ta­gious and both the au­di­ence and mu­si­cians em­brace his mu­si­cian­ship,” Mau­rer said.

Fiore has served as di­rec­tor of or­ches­tras and cham­ber­mu­sic at the Mid- South­east Suzuki In­sti­tute, Chicago In­sti­tute, Cal­gary Suzuki In­sti­tute, Cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia In­sti­tute, Snow­mass Suzuki In­sti­tute and the Hart­ford Suzuki In­sti­tute, aswell as clin­i­cian at Suzuki work­shops in Ber­muda, Puerto Rico, Hick­ory, North Carolina, and Au­gusta, Ge­or­gia. He has con­ducted the na­tional stu­dent or­ches­tra at the Na­tional Suzuki Con­fer­ence in Cincin­nati, Ohio. Un­til June 2007, he was the di­rec­tor of the five Suzuki Or­ches­tras of the Com­mu­nity Di­vi­sion at the Hartt School of the Univer­sity of Hart­ford. In ad­di­tion, Domenick had a thriv­ing young bass pro­gram through the Com­mu­nity Di­vi­sion at Hartt.

Domenick and Linda Fiore are cur­rently liv­ing in the Le­high Val­ley area where they have es­tab­lished a Suzuki stu­dio and free­lance in the Le­high Val­ley and Philadel­phia ar­eas. In ad­di­tion, they con­tinue to co- di­rect the Ogontz Suzuki In­sti­tute in the White Moun­tains of New Hamp­shire.

“Domenick Fiore has also per­formed with Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble for nu­mer­ous con­certs, and his charm­ing per­son­al­ity comes through in his play­ing of the dou­ble bass. Domenick is sought af­ter in many mu­si­cal en­sem­bles and in ed­u­ca­tional cir­cles aswell. The au­di­ence is al­ways in awe in see­ing and hear­ing Domenick’s ta­lented per­for­mances. It is a great delight for Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble to play again with him,” Mau­rer said.

The con­cert is spon­sored by Dou­glas Trout­man. Mau­rer said he has been a great pa­tron and sup­porter for the en­sem­ble.

“Mr. Trout­man is a clas­si­cal mu­sic lover and ap­pre­ci­ates what the Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble does in Schuylkill County. We truly ap­pre­ci­ate his gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship,” Mau­rer said.

Mau­rer said the con­cert will be a fun ex­pe­ri­ence for both the musi--

cians and au­di­ence.

“This con­cert feels like a re­union of great friends on stage, and our joy of per­form­ing to­gether will most likely be a great en­joy­ment for the au­di­ence aswell. And of course, hear­ing the ‘ Trout’ quin­tet by Schu­bert with its fa­mous melodies will­make the af­ter­noon a def­i­nite pos­i­tive and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

The Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble is a non­profit pro­fes­sional cham­ber mu­sic en­sem­ble. Con­certs are made pos­si­ble through cor­po­rate and pri­vate do­na­tions, in­clud­ing grants from the Penn­syl­va­nia Coun­cil on the Arts, Schuylkill Area Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion and M& T Foun­da­tion.

For­more in­for­ma­tion, vis­itwww. gabrie­lensem­ble.org.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Domenick Fiore on dou­ble bass, along with Xun Pan on pi­ano, will join the Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble for its an­nual win­ter con­cert, to be held at 3 p. m. Sun­day at Jerusalem Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven.

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