Clas­si­cal pieces

Lo­cal com­poser to de­but con­certo at An­thracite Phil­har­monic’s spring con­cert

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY ED­I­TOR

Mu­sic lovers are in­vited thisweek­end to ex­pe­ri­ence the be­gin­ning of a young com­poser’s ca­reer, aswell as be stricken by a feel­ing of mu­si­cal déjà vu.

The spring An­thracite Phil­har­monic con­cert will be held at 3 p. m. Sun­day at St. Am­brose Ro­man Catholic Church, 201 Ran­del St., Schuylkill Haven. The cost to en­ter is $ 20 at the door, but those un­der age 12 get in for free, ac­cord­ing to Linda Kriner, phil­har­monic board pres­i­dent and or­ches­tra man­ager.

The pieces to be played in­clude “The Bar­ber of Seville Over­ture” by Gioachino Rossini; Sym­phony No. 9, Fromthe New World, also known as the “New World Sym­phony,” by An­tonin Dvo­rak; and, from a prodi­gious lo­cal artist, Con­certo No. 1 by Blue Moun­tain High School ju­nior Ja­son Brauer, Kriner said.

“This is the in­tro­duc­tion of this young man’s con­certo. It’s cer­tainly the cen­ter­piece of what we’re do­ing. Ev­ery­thing he wrote: the in­stru­men­ta­tion, not just the pi­ano part,” but the en­tire or­ches­tral ar­range­ment, Kriner said.

“This kid has some­thing spe­cial. It’s there. He’s been play­ing since he was 4,” Kriner said with en­thu­si­asm, adding that, “he’s as nice as he is tal­ented.”

He has­won awards on both the state and na­tional level for his com­po­si­tion, and plays mu­sic rang­ing from march­ing band to clas­sic rock, ac­cord­ing to Kriner.

Aside from Brauer’s never be­fore-heard piece, there will be mu­sic you’ve cer­tainly heard, per­haps in a com­mer­cial or a doc­u­men­tary, although you may not re­mem­ber where or when.

“When peo­ple hear it, they will know they’ve heard it be­fore,” Kriner said of Dvo­rak’s piece, es­pe­cially the short and sweet solo part. And play­ing that part will be Me­gan Kline, Ham­burg.

“She’s by her­self on this part… it’s beau­ti­ful,” Kriner said. “Ev­ery­body would rec­og­nize this from some­where.”

Dvo­rak was a Czech com­poser, born near Prague in 1841 in the for­mer Aus­trian Em­pire. The song is named af­ter the U. S., the “New World,” and his visit here start­ing in 1892. The­mu­sic, orig­i­nally writ­ten in E mi­nor, is based on what he heard and con­sid­ered “black mu­sic” in this New World.

“These beau­ti­ful and var­ied themes are prod­ucts of the soil,” he said dur­ing an in­ter­viewin the New York Her­ald, ac­cord­ing to the pro­gram notes.

Nowthe peo­ple on this soil, so

har­monies writ­ten by a for­eigner who saw the po­ten­tial of this land like so­many of their an­ces­tors.

“We’re pro­vid­ing peo­ple with clas­si­cal mu­sic where other­wise you’d have to go to Read­ing, or Al­len­town or Philadel­phia to get the qual­ity of mu­sic that we’re giv­ing them,” Kriner said. “I don’t think a lot of com­mu­ni­ties our size pro­vide this.… Then you have this young man, who wrote this pi­ano con­certo, and it’s the pre­miere, so I think this is some­thing any mu­sic lover would want to be a part of.”

Peo­ple of all ages and tastes are wel­come to come lis­ten, Kriner said.

“We en­cour­age par­ents to bring kids. Kids will ap­pre­ci­ate mu­sic as they hear it.”

The An­thracite Phil­har­monic will next be per­form­ing their pa­tri­otic con­cert July 1. By pop­u­lar de­mand, they will be bring­ing back “Spooky Strings” in Oc­to­ber at the Ma­jes­tic Theater.

ANDY MATSKO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Mem­bers of the vi­o­lin sec­tion of the An­thracite Phil­har­monic, from left, Mar­garet Lerch, Lind­sey Dye and Zoe Tid­more, re­hearse for the group’s up­com­ing spring con­cert, sched­uled for 3 p. m. Sun­day at St. Am­brose Ro­man Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven.

ANDY MATSKO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Bob Nowak, Shenan­doah, plays the tim­pani drum with the An­thracite Phil­har­monic.

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