Afternoon of classical music
Gabriel Chamber Ensemble performs 2nd concert of season
The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble will return Sunday for the second concert of its 28th season.
The concert featuring guest artists Dana Weiderhold and Jesus Morales will be held at 3 p. m. at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 252 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven. Tickets are $ 20 and $ 15 for seniors. They will be available at the door. Students are permitted for free.
The program will feature Weiderhold, a native of Minersville, on violin and Morales on cello. Theywill play a movement for a duo for violin and cello by Zoltan Kodaly. The piece was composed at the start of World War I and is considered a masterpiece for this combination of instruments.
“It is rather unusual for us to feature both guest artists as a duet, but they know each other from performing with other groups, including the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and they enjoy performing together,” said Agnes Maurer, executive director of the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble.
Weiderhold will join the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble to perform Claude Debussy’s String Quartet, a piece Maurer described as a sensual and impressionistic work together with rhythmic vitality and poetic subtlety.
All of the musicians will perform on Franz Schubert’s String Quintet featuring two cellos. Maurer said the quintet is generally regarded as Schubert’s finest chamber work aswell as one of the greatest compositions in all chamber music.
This concert will be Morales’ first time performing with the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble.
“Mr. Jesus Morales is a very accomplished artist and his warm, rich tone on cello promises to bring true delight to our audience,” Maurer said.
Born into a prominent musical family, Morales is an active soloist, recording artist and chamber musician. His recordings of the Saint- Saens and Lalo cello concertos on the Centaur label received rave reviews.
He currently serves as cello professor with ArCoNet and Temple University. He also has an active private studio.
Helives in Philadelphia with his wife, Dara Morales, and daughters, Isabel and Karina.
Weiderhold began her studies under Simon Maurer, and has been featured on National Public Radio stations including WHYY, WRTI and WVIA. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall andwas featured soloist with the MidAtlantic Symphony Orchestra and Newark Symphony Orchestra.
She is principal second violinist of Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Anthracite Philharmonic and assistant concertmaster with the Mid- Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.
She is on the faculty at Albright College and has private studio in West Chester.
Sunday’s concert is sponsored by Douglas K. Troutman.
The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble is a nonprofit professional chamber music ensemble. Concerts aremade possible through corporate and private donations, including grants from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, Schuylkill Area Community Foundation and M&T Foundation.
For more information, visit the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble’s website, www.gabrielensemble.org.
“Mr. Jesus Morales is a very accomplished artist and his warm, rich tone on cello promises to bring true delight to our audience.” Agnes Maurer executive director of the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble
The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble, from left, Simon and Agnes Maurer and Gerall Hieser, will present its second concert of its 28th season at 3 p. m. Sunday with special guests Jesus Morales, left and Dana Weiderhold, on cover. The show will take place at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven.