Classical music on display
Gabriel Chamber Ensemble brings 2 guests to annual winter concert
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.
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.