The Classical music radio station WSCL-fm is being honored for bringing a live classical music festival to Delmarva for 15 years. This concert which was first presented in May of 1996 is titled “The Celebration of Music”. The festival celebrates regional classical music performers, and the glory of classical music which has withstood the test of time. The first “Celebration of Music” was held at Asbury Church in 1996, and Asbury has hosted this event practically every year since then. Both performers and audiences enjoy the acoustics of the Nave at Asbury which is transformed into a romantic setting with flowers and candlelight. This year’s Celebration of Music will be presented on Saturday, May 21st at 7:30 pm.
This year’s concert will welcome the Allegheny Ensemble, comprised of Jeffrey Schoyen, cello, Sachiho Murasugi, violin and Ernest Barretta, piano; performing movements from the Arensky Piano Trio and the Debussy Piano Trio…two of the most beautiful pieces in the piano trio repertoire. Dr. Schoyen is conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and his wife Sachiho Murasugi is concert mistress of the SSO. Other performers associated with Salisbury University are Lee Knier, trombone, and Megan Centineo, mezzo-soprano. Mr. Knier will be performing the Canzonetta by Victor Herbert. Ms. Centineo will sing the lovely Love Bade Me Welcome by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The evening’s performances will also feature Catherine Justice-Lard who has returned to America after living in Paris, France for several years. Ms. Justice is much sought-after soprano who is from Salisbury, now residing in Chantilly, Virginia. She will be singing a beloved aria by Meyerbeer, as well as a coloratura tour-de-force “Variations on Ah, vous dirai-je, Mamam” by Mozart.
The Asbury Chancel Choir will be highlighted reprising selections of the Mozart REQUIEM. The Tuba Mirum section will feature soloists Melissa Graham, soprano; Megan Centineo, mezzo-soprano; Don McCabe, tenor; and Jim Andrews, bass. Asbury’s Director of Music, Robert Young, will perform organ selections, in addition to directing the choir. Also joining in the evening’s musical festival will be flutist Pamela Guidetti-Latimer, who is a concertizing musician who has performed in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress, to name a few famous venues. Ms. Guidetti will perform the Poulenc Flute Sonata.
Also performing will be Dana Limpert, playing “Concert on Themes of La Favorita of Donizetti” for oboe. Amy Vennos, piano, will play the Liebestraum of Franz Liszt.
Last year, the Asbury Church Music Committee took over the organization and presentation of “The Celebration of Music”. This year’s concert is sponsored by The Peter & Judy Jackson Music Performance Fund. The concert is free and open to the public.