Underground at Ron’s Presents SpiritGrass In Concert May 10, 2014

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Underground at Ron’s

1012 E Southampton Ave

Wyndmoor, Pa 19038 (Glenside with a GPS)

Bach And Handel Chorale Presents: 30th Anniversary Concert

ImageProxyThe Bach and Handel Chorale, founded in 1984 and based in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, will celebrate 30 years of bringing choral and orchestral music to Carbon County and surrounding area. The program will feature music for orchestra and choir by Telemann, Bach, Handel, and will conclude with the first public performance of “We Sing of God” written by founder and conductor, Randall Douglas Perry. During the intermission, the chorale members will host a reception with light refreshments for patrons and audience members in the Great Hall of the church.

This year the Chorale is proud to celebrate it’s 30th year with it’s Anniversary Concert featuring the talented Festival Orchestra. The Chorale now has singers ranging from 15 to 70 years in age representing Carbon, Lehigh, and Schuylkill Counties. These singer’s voices culminate with stunning orchestral sounds to create a feast for the ears!!!

For more information, visit: The Bach and Handel Chorale‘s website

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Pottstown Regional Public Library To Host Celtic Concert

Back by popular demand – Charlie Zahm – Friday, March 21, 2014 – 7:00 PM  –  8:30 PM

Charlie Zahm is one of the most sought-after Celtic singers on the East Coast.  Those who attended last year really enjoyed his concert. 

Admission is $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 5-14.  Tickets can be obtained at the library or purchased at the door the night of the concert. 

The Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 East High Street, Pottstown PA 19464

Contact:  610-970-6551

http://www.charliezahm.com/  

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Twelve Twenty Four Holiday Rock Orchestra ‘Rocks’ Sunnybrook Ballroom In Pottstown

Tonight Pottstown “rocked out” with the holiday sounds of Twelve Twenty Four at the Sunnybrook Ballroom.  If you have never heard of this group here is a synopsis in their own words:

“Established in 2002, 12/24 performs its Christmas music with a theatrical, rock edge and combines it with a narrated storyline to create a family friendly holiday show suitable for all ages. They are the first and foremost recreation of TSO and are making a name for themselves now with goals that aren’t stopping here.”

TSO stand for Trans-Siberian Orchestra if that acronym is unfamiliar to you.  I had the pleasure of attending TSO’s holiday show last year at the Giant Center in Hershey, so I was interested in seeing how well Twelve Twenty Four took on the legendary Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Between the music and the light show, that’s a tall order.

The 22 member group did not disappoint!  The large and enthusiastic crowd was very vocal in their appreciation of the stellar performance.  Sunnybrook’s wonderful acoustics lend themselves very well to concerts.  If you live anywhere near Pottstown, you should really take advantage of the concerts there. Tickets are very reasonably priced, the restaurant has excellent food and the parking is free and plentiful.

The group appears to be Luzerne County based, from what I could gather on their website, so they are not far away.  They play many venues around Northeast Pennsylvania and beyond. This was their first trip to Pottstown.  They complimented the crowd which leads me to think they might come back again :)   We can only hope!

In addition to covering TSO songs, they did some original material.  They have just released their second CD, “Light in the Dark”.  They also drifted away from the holidays for a few minutes and did an amazing version of “Barracuda” by Heart and “Hotel California” by the Eagles.  We were also asked to take part in a sing-along of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Evidently, we did a good job based on the band’s comments.  It was recorded so we might get put on their website.

The musicianship was first-rate.  The instrumentalists and singers were superb.  Co-founder Jason Santos is the principal composer and arranger for the group’s original material in addition to playing keyboards, guitar and singing.  With a group this size, it is noteworthy to mention that everyone stood out in some way.

Here is a link to Twelve Twenty Four’s website:  http://twelvetwentyfour.net/  There are music samples, videos and pictures on the website.  In addition, you can order their CD’s or buy downloads.

Their Facebook fan page is:  https://www.facebook.com/twelvetwentyfour

What a great way to celebrate Christmas!  Thanks for coming to Pottstown!

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Triumphs At Giant Center

I attended the 4:00 pm Trans-Siberian Orchestra show at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA this afternoon.  I have always been a big fan of TSO but have never been to one of their concerts.  Now I am an even bigger fan!

The concert lasted two hours and 35 minutes.  It’s divided into two parts.  Their new Christmas production, The Lost Christmas Eve and then after an introduction of the band and singers, they played a string of their songs from previous albums.  They ended with their Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen mash-up (which gets played on the radio a great deal this time of year).

Musically, I think they are superb.  Their level of talent is phenomenal and the music speaks for itself.  What you miss out on by not seeing them live is their incredible stage production.  All is can say is, WOW!  Lasers, strobes, fog, fire, pyrotechnics, elevated platforms and musicians running through the audience playing, is just some of what you can expect.  It is sensory overload, but in a good way.  I just saw Australian Pink Floyd at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA last month.  They have an amazing stage production and laser light show but it was nothing like what we were treated to by TSO!  This was Pink Floyd on steroids!

The crowd was into it and TSO really fed off of our energy.  They were doing a second show at 8:00 pm!  People were waiting to get in as we were leaving.  I bet they get an equally great show.  You can tell this group of musicians loves what they do!  They were having a great time entertaining us.

The tickets were very reasonably priced and my friends and I felt we got great value for our money based on the length of the show, the stage production and quality of the music.

I give two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to TSO and highly recommend you go to one of their concerts if you are a fan.  You won’t be sorry!

To check out TSO tour dates or learn more about the group, you can visit their website here: http://www.trans-siberian.com/

Farm Aid Sets The Stage In Central Pennsyvlania

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For just over a quarter-century, Farm Aid has used pop music to try to help fix some of the problems in American agriculture: the disappearance of family farms, the corporatization of food, and the widening gap between producers and consumers.

The nonprofit organization will bring its annual fundraising concert to Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, to once again share its message in a very public way. Performers will include founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, as well as Dave Matthews, Animal Liberation Orchestra, Kenny Chesney, Jack Johnson, Pegi Young & the Survivors, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

The show came to Pittsburgh in 2002, and organizers say they are excited to be bringing it back to Pennsylvania.

“We looked at Hershey before,” said Carolyn Mugar, Farm Aid’s executive director. “It’s right in the middle of some the best farm country in the region, and the size is perfect. We’re going to change out all the concessions to be homegrown and regional, and it is really going to feel like the venue is ours that day.”

American Idol Live Tour Paying A Visit To Sovereign Center

The success that comes with being an “American Idol” finalist hasn’t gone to Skylar Laine’s head. She still enjoys the simpler things in life, like hanging out with friends, hunting and getting toasty by a bonfire.

But that doesn’t mean the 18-year-old native of Brandon, Miss., isn’t fired up about being on tour as part of American Idol Live!, which takes center stage at the Sovereign Center in Reading on Saturday night.

“It’s been awesome and a lot of fun,” said Laine about touring the country with the other top 10 finalists from Season 11 of “American Idol.” “It’s a really great experience.”

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=412861

Adam Lambert Returning To F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre

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Adam Lambert, one of the three finalists for American Idol and a San Diego native, sings the national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner" during his visit to at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

American Idol” Season 8 runner-up and future front man for the band Queen Adam Lambert will play an area show, it has just been announced.

Lambert will play at 7:30 p.m. May 25 at F .M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, the center has just announced.

Tickets, at $35, $45 and $60 will go on sale to Kirby members and a special online sale by Wyoming Valley radio station WKRZ-FM 98.5 at 10 a.m. April 20, and to the public at 10 a.m. April 23 at the Kirby Center box office at 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, by phone at 570-826-1100 or online at www.kirbycenter.org. To become a Kirby member, call 570-823-4599, ext. 225.

Read more: http://blogs.mcall.com/lehighvalleymusic/2012/04/american-idol-runner-up-adam-lambert-to-play-area-concert.html

Westminister Kantorei To Give Concert At Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Pottstown

MUSIC AT EMMANUEL

Presents:

Westminster Kantorei

Andrew Megill, conductor

Special Guests: The Select Choir of Daniel Boone High School, Birdsboro, PA

FREE ADMISSION

Emmanuel Lutheran Church  

150 N. Hanover Street – Pottstown,PA  19464

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Andrew Meade – Minister of Music

www.emmanuelpottstown.org

610-323-4312

The Glory and the Dream

Westminster Kantorei  –  Sunday, April 29, 2012    4:00pm

Founded in 2004, Westminster Kantorei is an auditioned chamber choir from the renowned Westminster Choir College specializing in early and contemporary music. The ensemble, which is composed of approximately 24 graduate and undergraduate students, performs regularly with some of America’s leading specialists in Baroque music, including collaborations with violinist Nancy Wilson and vocal ensemble Fuma Sacra.  Recent seasons have included performances of Bach’s Missa brevis in G Minor, cantatas, and passions, including the St. Matthew Passion at Avery Fisher Hall, with the Westminster Choir and the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Kurt Masur. The ensemble has also performed works by Monteverdi (Vespers of 1610, Sestina and Lamento della Ninfa), Buxtehude (Membra Jesu nostri), Schütz, Schein, Telemann, Zelenka, Victoria, and Palestrina, as well as a concert of Latin American Baroque music. 

Westminster Kantorei has also commissioned and premiered many works by such composers as Caleb Burhans, James Blachly, Doug Helvering, Philip Rice, Nathan Jones and Stefan Young.  This year, the ensemble premieres new works by Blake Henson, Daniel Elder, and the internationally acclaimed Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström, commissioned for the ensemble by the Soli Deo Gloria Foundation and the Westminster Choir College Department of Sacred Music. 

The concert program will include: “Musikalische exequien” by Heinrich Schutz, “The Glory and the Dream” by Richard Rodney Bennett, and “Psalm 67” by Sven-David Sandström.  The stunningly beautiful funeral music of Schutz’s Musikalische exequien is considered one of the masterpieces of the early Baroque period.  William Wordsworth’s poetic masterpiece “Intimations of Immortality” provides the text for Bennett’s The Glory and the Dream, who, in addition to a 50-year career performing and writing jazz, has composed many classic film scores.  Sandström’s Psalm 67 is a newly-commissioned work that received its world premier by this ensemble in October of 2011.  Our special guests for this concert will be the select choir from Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro,PA.  Led by their conductor, Erin Benn, this outstanding high school ensemble will open the concert with performances of “I’ve Got the Music in Me” arranged by Deke Sharon and “With a Lily in Your Hand” by Eric Whitacre,.

MUSIC AT EMMANUEL is dedicated to bringing the live music of the highest calibre to the Pottstown community.  We are also dedicated to supporting young artists from our region as they develop their performing careers.  All concerts on our 2011-12 season are offered free of charge to the public, and are funded by the generous support of individuals in our church and community who believe that great music has an essential place in our culture and community.    For additional information about the concert series please visit the church’s website: www.emmanuelpottstown.org or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/music.at.emmanuel

Daughtry’s Musikfest Show Is Official; ‘American Idol’ Alum To Play Aug. 11

Musikfest announced Thursday what Daughtry‘s fan club had already leaked: The chart-topping, platinum-selling “American Idol” finalist will be one of the headline performers at the festival.

Daughtry will play the main SteelStage at SteelStacks in south Bethlehem at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11. The festival runs Aug. 3-12.

Tickets, at $34 to $49, go on sale to ArtsQuest members at 10 a.m. Tuesday and at 10 a.m. March 30 to the public at http://www.artsquest.com and 610-332-1300.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/music/mc-daughtry-musikfest-announcement-bethlehem-20120322,0,7801843.story

Top Selling Jazz Act Appearing At The Sands Event Center, Bethlehem

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Diana Krall, the pianist and singer who has sold more than 6 million albums in the United States — she’s the only singer to have eight albums (her last eight) debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums — and won three Grammy Awards, will play the center on July 8.

That’s according to a tour itinerary sent out by Krall’s publicist. Neither her website nor the event center’s lists the show yet.

Gerald R, Deifer, one of the founders of the event center, said only, “that would be a big show.”

Read more: http://blogs.mcall.com/lehighvalleymusic/2012/03/another-big-act-revealed-for-sands-event-center-this-ones-a-jazz-singer.html

Eagles’ Lead Singer Glenn Frey Coming To Bethlehem’s Sands Event Center

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The lead singer of a classic rock band that is among the biggest-selling of all time  – and who also had six Top 20 solo hits — will complete the lineup for the opening week of the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, the venue just announced.

Glenn Frey, who sang The Eagles’ breakthrough hit “Take It Easy” and No. 1 songs “New Kid in Town” and “Heartache Tonight,” then topped the charts solo with “The Heat is On” and “You Belong to the City,” will play the event center on May 18, the venue announced on its website, www.sandseventcenter.com.

Read more: http://blogs.mcall.com/lehighvalleymusic/2012/03/singer-from-one-of-biggest-selling-bands-of-all-time-to-play-at-sands-event-center.html

MUSIC AT EMMANUEL (Pottstown) Presents: Megan Durham, Mezzo-Soprano

Megan Durham, mezzo-soprano

FREE ADMISSION

MEET MS. DURHAM AT A POST-CONCERT RECEPTION

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

150 N. Hanover Street    Pottstown,PA  19464

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Andrew Meade – Minister of Music

www.emmanuelpottstown.org

610-323-4312

 MYSTERY OF THE SONG: Music of Passion, Intrigue, and Whimsy

Megan Durham, mezzo-soprano  –  Sunday, March 25, 2012      4:00pm

Lyric mezzo-soprano Megan Allison Durham serves on the voice faculties of DeSales University in Center Valley,PA and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  A versatile performer with a particular interest in oratorio and chamber repertoire, she was a 2010 finalist in the Bach Vocal Competition sponsored by the American Bach Society & Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Her agile instrument and vibrant stage presence lends itself to a wide body of repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to Weil. Ms. Durham is a frequent recitalist in the greater Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley areas.  Her program will feature a variety of music for voice and piano including the “Cinco Canciones Negras” by Xavier Montsalvatge and “Minicabs” by William Bolcom.  Drew Nielsen, professor of piano at DeSales University, will be accompanying Ms. Durham.

Ms. Durham studied voice pedagogy with Marvin Keenze and Dr. Scott McCoy, from whom she acquired an interest in acoustical science. As a researcher and teacher, she has been particularly influenced by the work of Alfred Tomatis, notable French author, ENT and singing specialist. Current research interests include cultural and language diversity in the voice studio, specifically the pedagogic and phonetic challenges voice teachers face when instructing students whose native language is different from their own.  Ms. Durham holds a Master of Music degree in voice pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music (voice performance) from the University of Richmond. She serves as a Director at Large for the Lehigh Valley chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is a member of the New York Singing Teacher’s Association and the Voice Foundation.  You can visit Ms. Durham’s website at: www.meganallisondurham.com.

The 2011-2012 MUSIC AT EMMANUEL season is full of variety, excitement, youth, passion and above all – musical excellence.  We are thrilled to present artists that range from our finest regional talent to a pianist from the other side of the world!  Our season will include an organist who studied and teaches at the world-famous Julliard School in New York City, an exciting young singer, one of America’s oldest musical ensembles, a choir from the renowned Westminster Choir College, and a Ukrainian pianist who was a stand-out at the Moscow Conservatory.  MUSIC AT EMMANUEL is dedicated to bringing the live music of the highest calibre to the Pottstown community.  We are also dedicated to supporting young artists from our region as they develop their performing careers.  All concerts on our 2011-12 season are offered free of charge to the public, and are funded by the generous support of individuals in our church and community who believe that great music has an essential place in our culture and community.    For additional information about the concert series please visit the church’s website: www.emmanuelpottstown.org or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/music.at.emmanuel

PIANO MASTERPIECES: Elena Ulyanova – Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 4:00pm

MUSIC AT EMMANUEL

Presents the opening event of our 2011-12 season:

ELENA ULYANOVA

FREE ADMISSION

MEET MS. ULYANOVA AT A POST-CONCERT RECEPTION

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

150 N. Hanover Street     Pottstown, PA   29464

Facebook.com/music.at.emmanuel

Andrew Meade – Minister of Music

www.emmanuelpottstown.org

610-323-4312

Hailed by the Moscow Conservatory as one of its most gifted musicians, Ukrainian pianist Elena Ulyanova is described as possessing “great virtuosity, brilliant artistic temperament, unique interpretive expression and a rich sound pallet.”   Roy Gillinson of the Beethoven Society of America said that Ms. Ulyanova is, “a phenomenal, gifted performer”, her style running the gamut of power, strength, and technique to a delicate, floating elegant finesse. From her early piano studies with her mother, she has gone on to be a prize winner in numerous national and international piano competitions.  Ms. Ulyanova has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America and has released two critically acclaimed CDs, the second of which features Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2 with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. Her recital will feature works by Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Debussy, and Chopin.  www.elena-ulyanova.com

ELENA ULYANOVA

At the age of 5, Elena Ulyanova began to study piano with her mother, Larisa Ulyanova, in Saki, Crimea. After winning several first prizes in Ukrainian and Russian competitions, she was awarded full scholarships for study in Moscow at Gnessin College of Music, Gnessin Academy of Music, and Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. While at Gnessin Academy, she won the Momontov competition, which also resulted in tours of Russia, Bulgaria, and Romania. She was also awarded a tour of Austria, along with the best students representing Gnessin Academy. Shortly after entering the Moscow Conservatory, she became a prizewinner in the second Rachmaninov International Piano Competition. After receiving the Master of Music degree from Moscow Conservatory, she pursued postgraduate study with Victor Merzhanov, while performing many concerts for the Moscow Philharmonic Concert Association (Mosconcert). Elena has also taken master classes with Emanual Krasovsky, Victor Derevianko, John O’Connor, Howard Shelley, and Leslie Howard.

Elena recorded her first solo CD in 2004, with music of Franz Liszt, and it is available from Classical Records.  Shortly afterwards, she immigrated to Washington, DC.  In 2005, she studied with Howard Shelley, who has recorded all of Rachmaninoff’s works, to prepare for recording of the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The Rhapsody and Piano Concerto no. 2 are featured on her CD with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and released in July, 2006 by Bel Air Music. Elena’s music has been heard on radio stations WFMT in Chicago, CKWR in Ontario, and WQED in Pittsburgh.

Elena has performed orchestra, chamber, and solo concerts throughout Russia, Ukraine, Great Britain, Ukraine, Austria, Korea, Netherlands, China, Poland, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, and Romania. Her performances with orchestras include the Vienna Musikverein Orchestra, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Crimea State Symphony Orchestra in Yalta, State Russian Orchestra “Boyan”, and the Omsk Philharmonic. With the Rachmaninoff White Lilacs Festival orchestra in 2001, Elena masterfully performed the Rachmaninoff second concerto on only four hours notice! Among her appearances since immigrating to the United States, she has performed with the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra in Arizona, American Balalaika Symphony, the Dame Myra Hess Series, the Fazioli Salon Series in Chicago, the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Connoisseur Series, concerts in Washington DC, Orlando Florida, and New York – Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Yamaha Pianos Concert Series, and Bargemusic.

Micaele Sparacino – ConcertoNet.com – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Landon Symphonette, February 2009

“Ms. Ulyanova’s performance of the Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini was nothing short of dazzling. She is a Lioness at the Keyboard, playing with more strength and technique than most men. In fact, her playing, marked by power and poetry, recalled to mind the legendary Gina Bachauer. It was breathtaking to watch her fingers flying over the keys, and the sound she drew from the piano was amazing.” “…a truly exciting performance distinguished by verve and panache. She is an artist not to be missed!”

Terry McNeill – Classical Sonoma – Concerts Grand Series Recital, November, 2008

“Any uncertainty about Ulyanova’s command of Rachmaninoff’s bravura was swept away with an orchestral performance of the great Sonata [no. 2], in the Horowitz edition. The finale brought out all of the pianist’s heavy artillery – massive broken octaves, endurance, wide skips and brilliant passage work. The individual parts of the sonata often seem greater than the whole, but Ulyanova brought opulent passion that conquered all.”

Fred Kirshnit- New York Sun – Bargemusic Recital, May, 2008

“…Ms. Ulyanova’s delicate performance of Claude Debussy’s “Ondine.” She wove a diaphanous web for her aquatic sprite, suggestion rather than declamation fingered lovingly. As the little concert hall rocked back and forth, Ms. Ulyanova crept into the complex harmonic world of “Brouillards (Mists)” and kept her listeners afloat and a bit enchantingly lost in the fog. This was very lovely music making.”

Piano Wereld Magazine – Amsterdam, August, 2005

“You cannot deny the panache of the Russian piano player Elena Ulyanova. She intensifies showpieces such as the Mefisto Waltz and the Tarantella from a Liszt produced in Russia, with all the restlessness of a wild breathing and rumbling volcano, which rarely slows down.”

Professor Victor Merzhanov, Moscow Conservatory – March, 2000

“Elena Ulyanova is one of the most gifted musicians of the Moscow Conservatory. She has great virtuosity, brilliant and artistic temperament, unique interpretive expression, and a rich sound palette.”

Roy Gillinson, Beethoven Society of America – November, 2006

“A phenomenal gifted performer!! Her performance for the Beethoven Society was a rare treat!

The 2011-2012 MUSIC AT EMMANUEL season is full of variety, excitement, youth, passion and above all – musical excellence.  We are thrilled to present artists that range from our finest regional talent to a pianist from the other side of the world!  Our season will include an organist who studied and teaches at the world famous Julliard School in New York City, an exciting young singer, one of America’s oldest musical ensembles, a choir from the renowned Westminster Choir College, and a Ukrainian pianist who was a stand-out at the Moscow Conservatory.  MUSIC AT EMMANUEL is dedicated to bringing the live music of the highest calibre to the Pottstown community.  We are also dedicated to supporting young artists from our region as they develop their performing careers.  All concerts on our 2011-12 season are offered free of charge to the public, and are funded by the generous support of individuals in our church and community who believe that great music has an essential place in our culture and community.    For additional information about the concert series please follow the music link on the church’s website: www.emmanuelpottstown.org or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/music.at.emmanuel.

Diana Ross Rocks Reading!

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Iconic Diana Ross proved tonight why she is still “The Boss” at the Sovereign Center in Reading.  The packed house went wild at the first glimpse of her behind a sheer curtain and fog.

Miss Ross started out with a Motown Medley and had people dancing in their seats, clapping their hands and singing along!  She moved through the decades singing hit after hit; and the woman can still sing!  Her unmistakable trademark voice is still strong.  She was backed up by an excellent band and three very talented singers.

Then there were the dresses.  Miss Ross changed six times!  The gowns were long, covered in sequins or rhinestones and she rocked six different colors.  The lighting changed to the color of her dress so the set matched her outfit.  Miss Ross was very generous with her backup singers and her band.  She introduced everyone during the course of the show and allowed the instrumentalists and singers to do solos.

Except for quick dress changes Miss Ross sang the entire time.  Songs ended and before the applause subsided she would be starting in on another hit.  Another meaningful part of the set were the pictures flashing on a giant screen in the back of the set depicting her life and many other music legends.

Miss Ross remarked several times how much love she felt from the audience and many people yelled “We love you Diana” during the concert.  Miss Ross used all that love and positive energy to deliver an amazing performance to the delight of the packed house.  She did one encore – “Reach Out And Touch” before the show ended. 

Thank you Diana Ross for a great evening!

MUSIC AT EMMANUEL 2011-2012 – Pottstown

MUSIC AT EMMANUEL 2011-2012
ALL CONCERTS ARE FREE
MEET THE PERFORMERS AT A POST-CONCERT RECEPTION
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
150 N. Hanover Street Pottstown, PA 29464
Facebook.com/music.at.emmanuel

Andrew Meade – Minister of Music

www.emmanuelpottstown.org

Voice – (610) 323-4312

Our 2011-2012 MUSIC AT EMMANUEL season is full of variety, excitement, youth, passion and above all – musical excellence. We are thrilled to present artists that range from our finest regional talent to a pianist from the other side of the world!  Our season will include an organist who studied and teaches at the world famous Julliard School in New York City, an exciting young singer, one of America’s oldest musical ensembles, a choir from the renowned Westminster Choir College, and a Ukrainian pianist who was a stand-out at the Moscow Conservatory. MUSIC AT EMMANUEL is dedicated to bringing the live music of the highest caliber to the Pottstown community.  We are also dedicated to supporting young artists from our region as they develop their performing careers.  All concerts on our 2011-12 season are offered free of charge to the public, and are funded by the generous support of individuals in our church and community who believe that great music has an essential place in our culture and community.  Below you will find a brief description for each of our concerts followed by link to the artist’s website(s) where you can get additional biographical information and photos.  For additional information about the MUSIC AT EMMANUEL concert series please contact Andrew Meade via the information at the top of this page.

PIANO MASTERPIECES
Elena Ulyanova, piano
Sunday, October 23, 2011 4:00pm
Hailed by the Moscow Conservatory as one of its most gifted musicians, Ukrainian pianist Elena Ulyanova is described as possessing “great virtuosity, brilliant artistic temperament, unique interpretive expression and a rich sound pallet.”  Roy Gillinson of the Beethoven Society of America said that Ms. Ulyanova is, “a phenomenal, gifted performer”, her style running the gamut of power, strength, and technique to a delicate, floating elegant finesse. From her early piano studies with her mother, she has gone on to be a prize winner in numerous national and international piano competitions. Ms. Ulyanova has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America and has released two critically acclaimed CDs, the second of which features Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2 with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. www.elena-ulyanova.com

CELEBRATION OF LIGHTReading Choral Society
Sunday, December 11, 2011 5:00pm
Founded in 1875, the Reading Choral Society is one of America’s oldest musical ensembles and is carrying a proud tradition of choral excellence into its 136th season.  Be sure to join us as music director, Peter Hopkins, leads the RCS in a program of glorious Advent and Christmas music that is sure to uplift, inspire, and fill you will the joy of the season!  www.readingchoral.org

PIPE DREAMS – Matthew Lewis, organ
Sunday, February 26, 2012 4:00pm
Dr. Lewis maintains an active career as an organist, conductor and educator.  At The Juilliard School, Matthew Lewis completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a student of Jon Gillock.  While earning the Master of Music degree, also at Juilliard, he was the winner of the organ competition, resulting in a performance of Barber’s Toccata Festiva with the Juilliard Symphony in Alice Tully Hall.  Dr. Lewis is the former recipient of a Fulbright Grant and the Annette Kade Fellowship from the Council of International Education for study in Paris where he was a student of organ-virtuoso Marie-Madeleine Duruflé.  In addition to his position as organist and director of music at the Church of the Incarnation in Manhattan, he is artistic director of the St. Georges Choral Society and teaches at The Julliard School and Westminster Choir College. www.rider.edu/faculty/matthew-lewis

MYSTERY OF THE SONG – Megan Durham, mezzo-soprano
Sunday, March 25, 2012 4:00pm
Lyric mezzo-soprano Megan Allison Durham serves on the voice faculties of DeSales University and Lehigh University.  A versatile performer with a particular interest in oratorio and chamber repertoire, she was a 2010 finalist in the Bach Vocal Competition sponsored by the American Bach Society & Bach Choir of Bethlehem.  Her agile instrument and vibrant stage presence lends itself to a wide body of repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to Weil.  Ms. Durham will present an eclectic program entitled: “Mystery of the Song: Music of Passion, Intrigue and Whimsy”!     www.meganallisondurham.com

CHORAL ARTISTRY – Westminster Kantorei
Sunday, April 29, 2012 4:00pm
Our season finale features an outstanding ensemble from the renowned Westminster Choir College. Founded in 2004, Westminster Kantorei is a chamber choir specializing in music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, with occasional forays into later repertoire – including new works.  Recent seasons have included performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Westminster Choir and the New York Philharmonic, a program of American choral music presented as part of the 1783 Revolutionary Princeton celebration, and “Miracolo d’Amore,” an exploration of works by Claudio Monteverdi, performed in New York City.  Dr. Andrew Megill, the founder and director of this ensemble, is recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation.  He currently teaches at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and has been a guest conductor and teacher at the Julliard School and Yale University.  In addition to his work as an educator, he is currently the conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Carmel Bach Festival Choir, the early music ensemble Fuma Sacra, and the Masterwork Chorus in NJ.

http://masterwork.org/andrew-megill-music-director.html
http://www.rider.edu/faculty/andrew-megill
http://www.rider.edu/wcc/academics/choirs/westminster-kantorei

Sir Elton John Coming To Wilkes-Barre April 22nd

Rock legend, Sir Elton John will be appearing at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on April 22, 2011 at 8 p.m.  Sir Elton and his band will perform greatest hits than span his five-decade career.

I saw Sir Elton John and Billy Joel in 2009 at Citizen’s Park in Philadelphia.  Seeing him live was an unforgettable experience.

Tickets go on sale February 12, 2011 at 10 a.m.

For more details:

http://www.wachoviaarena.com/newsdetails.aspx?nid=94

Pottstown Veterans Day Concert Extravaganza!

Be there or be square!

Pottstown Senior High School

November 13, 2010

Doors Open at 5:00 pm

Show Starts at 6:00 pm

** Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners

** Shirelles

** Duprees

** Larry Chance & The Earls

For more information click the link below: 

http://www.pottstown.org/PDF/2010%20DatedEvents/2010-Veterans%20Day%20Extravaganza.pdf