Edinboro community and campus to hold music events throughout the semester

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at 10:44 PM
Edinboro community and campus to hold music events throughout the semester by Anna Ashcraft
Dr. Sarah Schouten, playing the horn, and Professor Thomas Cody, guitar, performed the first show of the season for the First Friday Concert Series at the Dr. William P. Alexander Recital Hall. | Photo by Paige Koenig

Edinboro’s Community Music School has introduced neoCeltic harp lessons and Suzuki [children] Piano as two new music lessons available.

Music lessons are open to the public, beginning at age 5 all the way up to adults. Edinboro University offers piano, voice, guitar, mandolin, viola, bass, percussion, bagpipes and all other orchestral and band instrumental lessons. There are no credits received for the private lessons taught at the school, except one new class being offered which is called adult group class, beginner piano. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

“Neo-Celtic harp is a folk harp, which has no pedals and is much smaller and cheaper than a concert harp. You could sit it on your lap and play beautiful music,” said LeAnne Wistrom, professor and director of the Community Music School.

“It is very well known in Irish and Scottish music and keeps with the heritage of our school, as well as may draw the interest of musicians. There are places where you can purchase a harp relatively inexpensively or even a kit to make your own.”

Music school lessons are offered at Porreco College in Erie and at Edinboro University’s main campus. Class offerings differ by location.

First Friday series continues with Schouten, Burdick

The First Friday Concert Series began Sept. 4 and will take place from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Fridays in the William P. Alexander Recital Hall.

The next First Friday Concerts will be held Oct. 2 with Sarah Schouten playing horn, Daniel Burdick playing tuba/euphonium and Amber Nicholson playing piano. LeAnne Wistrom playing flute and Elizabeth Etter playing piano will be held Nov. 6.

On Dec. 4 will be Eugene Perry singing in baritone voice and Alan Johnson playing piano. On Feb. 5 will be Patrick Jones playing saxophone. Finally, Elizabeth Etter will play harpsichord April 1.

Chamber Players continue free concerts at library

Edinboro Chamber Players will continue their tradition of playing free concerts at the Blasco Memorial Library in Erie. The concerts will be classic novel themed. “We have been playing concerts at the library for about 18 years and the librarians have been really eager for us to connect with books,” Wistrom said.

In October, the String ensemble headed by Howard Lyon will play music from “Gone with the Wind,” written by Margaret Mitchell. Eugene Perry, an operatic singer will do a recital called “The Color Purple,” based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book written by Alice Walker.

In March there will be a concert including flute, harpsichord and oboe based on “A Tale of Two Cities,” written by Charles Dickens, with French and English music from that time period. In May, the brass quintet will play music based on “The Thorn Birds,” written by Colleen McCullough, which will feature Australian music.

Erie Philharmonic coming to ‘Boro Oct. 8

Erie Philharmonic will be coming to Edinboro Oct. 8, as a free concert open to the public. According to Wistrom, the Philharmonic this year will play songs by Steven Spielberg. The concert will feature scores from Spielberg’s famous movies; possibly from “ET,” “Jurassic Park” and even “Jaws.”

Anna Ashcraft is the editor of The Arts for The Spectator. She can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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