Clas­si­cal mas­ter­pieces

An­thracite Phil­har­monic takes on clas­si­cal mas­ter­pieces

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY ED­I­TOR eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com 570- 628- 6003

The An­thracite Phil­har­monic’s con­cert on Satur­day will be a “night not to be missed,” ac­cord­ing to the group’s pres­i­dent.

The per­for­mance, head­lined by “Pa­the­tique Sym­phony No. 6” by Py­otr Ilich Tchaikovsky, will be held at 7: 30 p. m. Satur­day at First United Methodist Church, Fourth and West Mar­ket streets, Pottsville. Tick­ets are $ 20 and avail­able at Schuylkill County Coun­cil for the Arts, 1440 Ma­han­tongo St., Pottsville; The Grey­stone, 315N. Cen­tre St., Pottsville; Thomas Phar­macy, 101W. Mar­ket St., Or­wigs­burg; by call­ing 570- 628- 5158 or at the door.

“I just hope a lot of peo­ple will come be­cause it’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary piece of mu­sic and it needs to be heard,” Linda Kriner said. The con­cert will also fea­ture “Don Gio­vanni Over­ture” by Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart and “Fin­lan­dia” by Jean Si­belius.

It is held in con­nec­tion with Block of Art, the three­day arts event in down­town Pottsville. Ac­tiv­i­ties for the event will be held from 6 to 10 p. m. to­day, 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Satur­day and 11 a. m. to 1: 30 p. m. Sun­day.

Kriner said this is at least the se­cond year that the phil­har­monic has per­formed dur­ing Block of Art. She said the re­la­tion­ship is ben­e­fi­cial for both.

“They have ex­panded mu­sic events so it kind of works for both groups,” Kriner said.

As for the mu­sic, Kriner said the ti­tles may not be fa­mil­iar to the pub­lic, but fans of old movies will rec­og­nize them. For ex­am­ple, the piece was fea­tured in “Now, Voy­ager” star­ring Bette Davis.

To make the sound fuller, she brought in more mu­si­cians than nor­mally play with the phil­har­monic. For ex­am­ple, they have 12 vi­o­lins for Satur­day’s con­cert. Usu­ally they have eight to 10.

“We used ev­ery in­stru­ment that was asked for,” she said.

Peo­ple will like the re­sult, Kriner said.

“I was def­i­nitely blown away when I heard it,” she said.

For­more in­for­ma­tion, visit the phil­har­monic’s web­site at www.antphil.org or the Block of Art’s web­site at www. block- of- art. org.

DAVID MCKE­OWN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

The An­thracite Phil­har­monic, un­der the di­rec­tion of Mark P. Thomas, will present a con­cert at 7: 30 p. m. Satur­day at First United Methodist Church, Pottsville. TOP: John Chawluk, cel­list, re­hearses for the con­cert.

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