Gabriel Chamber Ensemble’s concert set for Sunday
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.
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.