TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR MARCH 24 SHEPHERDSTOWN ORCHESTRA CONCERT

The Friends of Music will present a Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra concert in Shepherdstown on Saturday, March 24.

The concert will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. Entitled “Pipe Dreams,” it will feature two concertos for organ and orchestra performed on the Church’s historic organ by Maryland organist Marvin Mills. The concertos will be George Frideric Handel’s Op. 4, No. 1 in G Minor and Op. 4, No. 4 in F Major. Also on the program will be Handel’s Overture to “Theodora” and Ottorino Respighi’s Suite for Strings. Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person ($22.50 before March 11). Tickets can be purchased on the Friends’ website at www.friendswv.org; or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443); or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance. Visa and Master Card will be accepted.

Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jed Gaylin will conduct. Noting that Handel was known as the greatest organist and composer of his day, Gaylin says the two concertos chosen for the concert are among the most “magnificently intimate” examples of Handel’s works.
Gaylin says the Overture to Theodora offers a “rich opulence of sound and texture,” and Respighi’s Suite “reworks the Baroque dance suite with beauty, clarity, and expression.”

The concert’s soloist, Marvin Mills, is organist at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Maryland. He is also music director of the acclaimed National Spiritual Ensemble; a guest artist with the Ritz Chamber Players of Jacksonville, Florida; and a vocal coach/staff pianist at Morgan State University.
He has performed in concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Johns Hopkins Symphony, the Peabody Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony.
He has also appeared as guest artist with numerous choral groups, including the Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Washington Bach Consort, the Cathedral Choral Society, the Folger Consort, the Fairfax Choral Society, the Master Singers of Wilmington (DE), and the Eastern Michigan University Chamber Choir.

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra was established by the Friends in 2007. Gaylin was named Music Director in 2012. He also serves as the Music Director of Baltimore’s Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and the Bay Atlantic Symphony in New Jersey, and is an Artist in Residence at New Jersey’s Stockton University.

This year’s Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concerts are being supported by a grant from the WV Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

Feb. 25 Jigsaw Puzzle Event Will Benefit Friends of Music

The Friends of Music are sponsoring their Third Annual “Puzzle Mania” jigsaw puzzle competition in Shepherdstown the afternoon of Sunday, February 25.
The event will be a fundraiser for the Friends and its Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra.
It will be held starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Shepherd University Wellness Center on the West Campus.

The jigsaw puzzle competition will consist of up to 25 teams of four persons each. Each team will start with the same 500-piece puzzle and vie with all the other teams to complete the puzzle first. The winning team will be honored with a trophy. Participants must recruit their own four-person teams from friends, neighbors or family members. The fee to participate will be $100 per team. Organizations and businesses may sponsor teams if they wish.

This is intended as a fun, light-hearted event. It will be family-friendly, and children 10 and older will be welcome to join as team members.
Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite (click here).

For more information, contact Heather Marshall at heathermmarshall63@gmail.com or 304-582-9998.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR JAN. 13 FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERT IN SHEPHERDSTOWN

The Friends of Music will present the third concert of their 2017-2018 season on Saturday, January 13.
The concert will feature the Two Rivers String Quartet. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown.
Entitled “Contrasting Passions,” it will include two works:

• Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) — String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, From My Life (Z mého života)
• Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) — String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

Jed Gaylin, the Music Director of Friends of Music, says both works show great passion, but their styles are very different. He says the Mendelssohn piece is “virtuosic, fleet, and intense, with moments, such as the final chorale, of magnificent serenity.” On the other hand, he says, Smetana’s quartet “is earthy, rooted in Slavic folk music traditions.”
Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $20 per person ($18 before December 31).
Tickets can be purchased on the Friends’ website at www.friendswv.org or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443). Visa and Master Card will be accepted.
If there is snow that makes travel difficult on January 13, the concert will be rescheduled to January 20.

FRIENDS OF MUSIC HELP FUND STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN CARNEGIE HALL PROGRAM

The Friends of Music have awarded $250 scholarships to two Spring Mills High School students to help them cover the cost of their participation in a prestigious New York City program for elite high school musicians.
The students, Rhea Ming and Travis Weller, are among 700 students from around the world who have been selected to be part of the 2018 Carnegie Hall High School Honors Performance Series. More than 18,000 students had applied. Ming and Weller are the only West Virginia students who will be participating.
The Performance Series will be held February 1-5. Participating students will gather together for three days of rehearsals with renowned conductors and a concert performance in the main hall at Carnegie Hall. They will also have opportunities for networking with each other and for chaperoned sightseeing activities.
The cost of participation is about $2,000 per student plus travel to and from New York. Ming and Weller have each set up Go Fund Me pages to cover these costs (“www.gofundme.com/rheas-going-to-carnegie-hall” and “www.gofundme.com/traviswellerNYC”).
Friends of Music President Linda Walker and Friends board member Andrew McMillan presented checks to Ming and Weller at the High School on December 6. The accompanying photo shows Ming and Weller in the center, with McMillan on the left and Walker, right.
Walker said the scholarships to Ming and Weller are part of a larger effort by the Friends of Music to help support music education in local schools.
Ming and Weller are both sophomores.
Ming is a viola player. She has played in the All-County Orchestra since middle school. She has also played in the 2017 West Virginia University high school honors orchestra and the West Virginia Music Educators Association All-state Orchestra. She is a member of the Tri-M Music Society.
Weller plays bass. He is a member of the Spring Mills High School String Orchestra and the All County Symphony Orchestra; where he is the first-chair bassist. He also plays in the Shepherd University Community Orchestra and has played with the West Virginia All State High School Orchestra.
The Friends of Music is a Shepherdstown-based, non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. It supports the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the only professional classical music orchestra in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and one of only three of such orchestras in the state.

NOV. 17 LUNCH WILL PREVIEW NOV. 18 ORCHESTRA CONCERT

Lunch with “Friends” 

Those attending the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra’s November 18 concert in Shepherdstown will have an opportunity to get a preview of the performance at a luncheon the day before. The concert, which is sponsored by Friends of Music, will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m.The luncheon, which is sponsored by the Friends of Music Guild, will be held at Shepherdstown’s Bavarian Inn on Friday, November 17 at 12 noon. The orchestra’s Music Director, Jed Gaylin, will speak, offering his insights into the works that will be performed at the concert. The concert’s guest soloist, violinist Ruotao Mao, will also be present.

The entrée choices for this luncheon will be: Chicken Picatta with mixed vegetables and whipped potatoes; Schweinebraten: Roasted Pork with sauerkraut and whipped potatoes; or Tagliatelle Pasta with fall vegetables in a cream sauce. Each lunch will include soup, dessert, assorted breads and butter, and coffee and tea. Tickets for the luncheon are sold separately from concert tickets at a cost of $20 per person. All tickets must be prepaid before November 14 so the Bavarian Inn can have an accurate meal count. To make a luncheon reservation send a check made out to Friends of Music Guild to Friends of Music, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Be sure to indicate your menu choice. For more information, contact Betty Lou Bryant at info@friendswv.org or 304-876-5765.

The concert will feature three works: “Träumerei,” by Robert Schumann; Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto; and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.
Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person ($22.50 before November 5. Tickets and Friends’ memberships can be purchased on the Friends’ website at www.friendswv.org or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443) or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance. Visa and Master Card will be accepted.

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra was established by the Friends in 2007. Gaylin was named Music Director in 2012. He also serves as the Music Director of Baltimore’s Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and the Bay Atlantic Symphony in New Jersey, and is an Artist in Residence at New Jersey’s Stockton University. Full information about the Friends, the Orchestra, and the concert season is available at www.friendswv.org.
This year’s Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concerts are being supported by a grant from the WV Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR NOVEMBER 18 ORCHESTRA CONCERT IN SHEPHERDSTOWN

The Friends of Music will present a Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra concert in Shepherdstown on Saturday, November 18.

The concert will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. Entitled “Joyful Noise,” it will feature three works: “Träumerei,” by Robert Schumann; Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto; and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. The featured soloist will be violinist Ruotao Mao.

Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person ($22.50 before November 5). Tickets can be purchased on the Friends’ website at www.friendswv.org; or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443); or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance.

Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jed Gaylin will conduct. Gaylin says the evening’s program “will demonstrate that classical music can, quite simply, be a lot of fun, and this is fun on overdrive!” The concert will open with Schumann’s “Träumerei,” a short, beautiful work that the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz frequently played as an encore. “It may look simple on the page,” Horowitz said, “but it is a masterpiece.” Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto is one of the finest examples of the composer’s effort to establish a “new simplicity” in music, centered on graceful melodies. Beethoven’s 7th Symphony is full of relentless energy. It is generally regarded as one of the most innovative, compelling, and ecstatic symphonies ever written.

Mr. Mao, the violin soloist, is a native of Beijing, China who graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a “distinction in performance” award. He currently teaches violin and chamber music at The College of New Jersey and is the concertmaster of the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Riverside Symphonia, the Bay Atlantic Symphony and most recently, the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. The Classical Network of New Jersey has described his playing as a “virtuoso display of world-class magnitude.”

This concert is dedicated to the memory of the late Sherman Ross of Shepherdstown, a longtime Friends of Music patron, by his wife Elinor.

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra was established by the Friends in 2007. Gaylin was named Music Director in 2012. He also serves as the Music Director of Baltimore’s Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and the Bay Atlantic Symphony in New Jersey, and is an Artist in Residence at New Jersey’s Stockton University.

This year’s Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concerts are being supported by a grant from the WV Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

Full information about the Friends, the Orchestra, and the concert season is available at www.friendswv.org.

Rye Whiskey Tasting to Benefit FOM on October 27, 2017

  RYE WHISKEY TASTING on Friday, October 27th
6:00 – 8:30pm at the Bavarian Inn

 

Guests will taste a selection of excellent rye whiskeys and learn about the history of rye from grain to glory. Rye whiskey’s journey starts in the 1700’s. After prohibition, rye whiskey was almost extinct but modern society has made this classic liquor popular again. Nine special and unique brands have been chosen for your tasting.
The evening will also feature a selection of hearty deli sandwiches, salad buffet and dessert.
Additionally, rye cocktails will be mixed and served by the Bavarian’s creative bartending staff.  Rye Whiskey Tasting Menu

We hope you can join us for a great time and a great cause!

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FRIENDS OF MUSIC WILL LAUNCH NEW CONCERT SEASON SEPT. 23 IN SHEPHERDSTOWN

The Friends of Music will launch their new concert season on September 23 with a performance by the Two Rivers String Quartet and a featured clarinet. The concert will be held in Shepherdstown’s Trinity Episcopal Church, on German Street, at 7:30 p.m. The program will include two works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his Quartet No. 21 in D Major and his Clarinet Quintet in A Major; and “Bagatelles for Clarinet and Strings”(Op. 23), by 20th Century British composer Gerald Finzi. Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $20 per person ($18 before September 10). Memberships and tickets can be purchased on the Friends’ website at www.friendswv.org or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443) or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance. Visa and Master Card will be accepted.

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. It is governed by a board of directors made up of local-area citizens. For more information contact the Friends at 304-876-5765 or info@friendswv.org. This year’s concert season is supported in part by a grant from the WV Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

The featured clarinetist for the September 23 concert will be David Drosinos. Mr. Drosinos has performed in Greece, Ireland, Moscow, Finland, the Bahamas and all over the continental U.S. He teaches at The Baltimore School for the Arts, The Peabody Preparatory, and Shepherd University. The Two Rivers String Quartet includes the following musicians:
Heather Austin-Stone, Violin. Ms. Austin-Stone is currently the Concertmaster of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the Assistant Concertmaster with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and a section 1st violinist with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
Camilo Perez-Mejia, Cello. Mr. Perez-Mejia is a member of the Temple Trio, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, and principal cellist for the National String Symphonia. He is also the Music Director and Conductor of the Charles Washington Symphony. Dana Rokosny, Viola. Ms. Rokosny is principal violist of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra and performs regularly with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in the Baltimore-Washington area. Petr Skopek, Violin. Mr. Skopek is a member of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra.

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FRIENDS OF MUSIC ANNOUNCES NEW CONCERT SEASON

FRIENDS OF MUSIC ANNOUNCES NEW CONCERT SEASON 

The Friends of Music has announced the schedule for its 2017-2018 performance season.
The season will run from September 2017 through May 2018. For the first time, the number of concerts by the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra is being expanded to three. There will also be two concerts by smaller ensembles, for a total of five concerts in all.
All of the concerts will be held in Shepherdstown’s historic Trinity Episcopal Church, which offers superb acoustics.
The first concert will be a small ensemble concert on Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. It will feature the Two Rivers String Quartet plus a Clarinet. The program will include Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Mozart’s Quartet in D Major No. 21, and Gerald Finzi’s Bagatelles for Clarinet and Strings.
The other concerts will be as follows:

• Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. The program, entitled “Joyful Noise,” will include Schumann’s “Träumerei;” Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2; and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. The featured soloist will be the Beijing-born violin virtuoso Ruotao Mao. This concert is dedicated to the memory of the late Sherman Ross, a longtime Friends of Music patron.

• Saturday, January 13, 2018 (snow date January 20), 7:30 p.m. Two Rivers String Quartet. The program, entitled “Contrasting Passions,” will include Felix Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2, and Bedrich Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1.

• Saturday, March 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. The program, entitled “Pipe Dreams,” will feature Handel’s Overture to “Theodora;” Handel’s Organ Concerto Opus 4, No. 1 and No. 4; and Respighi’s “Suite for Strings.” The featured soloist will be organist Marvin Mills.

• Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. The program, entitled “Czech it Out,” will include Gounod’s “Petite Symphonie,” Op. 216; Janacek’s “Mládí (Youth) Suite;” and Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds in D Minor, Op. 44.

Admission to all of the concerts will be free for Friends of Music members. The fee for annual memberships is $145 per person. Non-members will be able to purchase tickets for individual concerts; the price will be $25 per person for Orchestra concerts and $20 per person for small-ensemble concerts.
Friends’ memberships and tickets can be purchased on the Friends’ website at www.friendswv.org or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443) or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance. Visa and Master Card will be accepted.
The Friends of Music is an independent, local non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. It is governed by a board of directors made up of local-area citizens.
The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra is the only professional chamber orchestra in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and one of only three in the state. It was established by the Friends of Music in 2007 and has been sustained by the Friends since its inception. Dr. Jed Gaylin was named Music Director in 2012. He also serves as the Music Director of Baltimore’s Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and the Bay Atlantic Symphony in New Jersey, and Artist in Residence at New Jersey’s Stockton University.
This year’s Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra concerts are supported by a grant from the WV Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

FRIENDS OF MUSIC RECEIVES ARTS GRANT

FRIENDS OF MUSIC RECEIVES ARTS GRANT

The Friends of Music announced today it has received an arts grant totaling $7,332.

The funds are coming from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The grant will be used to support the Friends’ Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra during the upcoming 2017-2018 Friends of Music concert season.

The season, which begins in September, will include three concerts by the Orchestra and two more concerts by small ensembles. All of the concerts will be held in Shepherdstown’s Trinity Episcopal Church. Season details will be announced in early August.

The Friends received a similar grant from the same agencies last year.

“We’re delighted and honored to receive financial assistance once again from the Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment,” said Friends of Music board president Linda Walker. “We’re working hard to provide high-quality classical music to the community, and this grant will be a big help.”