Clas­si­cal notes

Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble’s con­cert set for Sun­day

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY ED­I­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-628-6002

Acadre of clas­si­cally trained mu­si­cians is set to per­form a few works evok­ing dif­fer­ent emo­tions this week­end at a con­cert in south Schuylkill County.

The Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble will hold its sec­ond in­stall­ment of a four-part sea­sonal se­ries at 3 p.m. Sun­day at Jerusalem Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church, 252 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven. Tick­ets are $15 for se­niors, $20 gen­eral ad­mis­sion and free for all stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to Agnes Mau­rer, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, vi­o­lin­ist and co-founder of the en­sem­ble.

The con­cert, par­tially spon­sored by the Schuylkill Area Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, will fea­ture Xun Pan, an award-win­ning, in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned mu­si­cian, as spe­cial guest on pi­ano, Mau­rer said. The rest of the en­sem­ble — Si­mon Mau­rer, Ger­all Hieser and Agnes Mau­rer her­self — will round out the group, she said.

“We are grate­ful that Dr. Pan will be play­ing with us once again. He has a very busy in­ter­na­tional ca­reer as a pi­anist and is a full­time pro­fes­sor at the Millersville Univer­sity.”

Some house­hold names in clas­si­cal mu­sic will de­fine the set list, and a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal styles will be played, Mau­rer said.

“We will start with Mozart, a beloved com­poser for most peo­ple, then the pro­gram will go on with Schoen­field Café Mu­sic, a most fun piece to lis­ten to. We will end the con­cert with the Brahms C mi­nor Pi­ano Quar­tet, a most ro­man­tic piece,” Mau­rer said.

Mau­rer said the Mozart Pi­ano Quar­tet in G mi­nor is among the most fa­mous works of cham­ber mu­sic.

“In the first move­ment ... we can hear Mozart’s com­plex but also pas­sion­ate side. It is quite vir­tu­osic for the pi­ano, but equally chal­leng­ing for the strings. The Schoen­field is con­sid­ered ‘high­class din­ner mu­sic’ and many styles of mu­sic are rep­re­sented: Vi­en­nese, light clas­si­cal, gypsy, Broad­way, rag­time. I per­son­ally like lis­ten­ing to this piece. … This Brahms Pi­ano Quar­tet is quite somber, even dra­matic but again de­picts many emo­tions and ro­man­ti­cism,” she said.

And with such a range of clas­si­cal mu­sic, Mau­rer ex­pects it to ap­peal to a great many peo­ple, adding that Dr. Pan’s pi­ano play­ing at­tracts crowds and that it is “loved by many.”

The Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble’s younger off­shoot, the Gabriel Youth Orches­tra, is gear­ing up for the next con­cert on its agenda. The youth orches­tra is set to play its hol­i­day con­cert at D.H.H. Len­gel Mid­dle School au­di­to­rium on Dec. 14. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble or the Gabriel Youth Orches­tra, visit www.gabrie­lensem­ble.org.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Xun Pan, left, will be the guest pi­anist for the sec­ond in­stall­ment of the Gabriel Cham­ber En­sem­ble’s sea­sonal se­ries, set for 3 p.m. Sun­day at Jerusalem Evan­gel­i­cal Con­gre­ga­tional Church, Schuylkill Haven.

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