Matthew Lewis, organist
MEET DR. LEWIS AT A POST-CONCERT RECEPTION
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
150 N. Hanover Street Pottstown, PA 19464
Andrew Meade – Minister of Music
PIPE DREAMS: Matthew Lewis
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 4:00pm
Dr. Matthew Lewis maintains an active career as an organist, choral conductor and educator. As Organist and Director of Music at the Church of the Incarnation in Manhattan, he directs a select group of professional singers in a variety of liturgical choral music. Dr. Lewis has served as Organist and Choir Director at Temple Israel in Lawrence, NY, since 1993. Artistic Director and Conductor of St. George’s Choral Society since 2005, he directs the 80-voice chorus in major works of the repertoire. He studied choral conducting privately with Robert Page.
Dr. Lewis has been a member of the Organ Faculty of the Juilliard School Pre-College division since 1993, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College since 2006. His students range in age from teenagers to graduate students. He has presented solo organ recitals in the United States,Canada and France, has been a featured artist on WNYC, New York, and has performed the complete organ works of César Franck several times, including at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
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.
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
I HEAR AMERICA SINGING: A CELEBRATION OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT
The professional chamber ensemble CANTATICA will return to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 150 North Hanover Street, Pottstown, Pennsylvania for the final concert of its 2010-2011 concert season on Sunday, June 5, at 4:00 PM.
The program, I Hear America Singing: A Celebration of the American Spirit, will feature solo voices, chamber choir and instruments (clarinet, violin, cello, bass and piano) performing early American hymns, Shaker songs, Afro-American spirituals, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle tunes, contemporary classical settings of Civil War texts, and classic jazz. Included on the program will be works by Stephen Foster, Aaron Copland, John Williams, Erik Santos, Carol Barnett, Kirke Mechem, James Syler, Daron Hagen, John Dankworth, Jerome Kern, and George Shearing.
Admission to I Hear America Singing: A Celebration of the American Spirit is $14 Adults, $12 Seniors, and $6 Students. Tickets may be purchased by email at email@example.com, by telephone at (484) 951-5113 and at the door. Reservations and additional information are available at firstname.lastname@example.org or (484) 951-5113.
Now completing its fourth year of existence, CANTATICA is a new, progressive, non-profit musical organization devoted to broadening the scope of choral, vocal and instrumental music – its cultural connections, programming, and performance. As a chamber ensemble and online resource center, CANTATICA seeks to contribute fresh ideas and new perspectives to the art and excellence of choral, vocal and instrumental music. It also aims to celebrate and promote greater appreciation of the many wonderful musical styles and organizations in existence today.
CANTATICA is further dedicated to strengthening, enriching and diversifying the musical offerings in the Lehigh Valley, Greater Philadelphia and beyond. And it is especially dedicated to supporting young and emerging professional musicians.
The CANTATICA Chamber Ensemble, under the leadership of Dr. Michael Tamte-Horan, Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor, is a unique, professional choral, vocal and instrumental ensemble making its debut in the summer of 2007. The ensemble, based in the Lehigh Valley and Greater Philadelphia of Pennsylvania, is dedicated to high quality, innovative and engaging performances of a broad and eclectic range of musical styles including early to contemporary classical, folk/roots/world, theater/opera, a cappella, jazz, Celtic and Jewish. The ensemble presents performances as part of an annual concert series, often in collaboration with other musicians and musical organizations in the region.
Membership in the CANTATICA Chamber Ensemble consists of a varied number of performers depending on the program being presented – established, emerging and aspiring professional musicians from Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Included are voices and various instruments including piano/synthesizer/organ, strings, winds, guitar, harp and percussion. All musicians are classically trained, versatile and highly competent as both solo and ensemble performing artists.
Dr. Michael Tamte-Horan is a choral conductor, educator and singer of more than 30 years, and an acknowledged leader in creative choral music programming and excellence in choral performance. He has conducted university and community based choral and orchestral organizations in various parts of the Mid-West and Eastern United States. He is a former member and soloist with the renowned Dale Warland Singers, and has studied and/or sung with many leading choral conductors including Robert Shaw, Eric Ericson, Philip Brunelle, Joseph Flummerfelt, Maurice Casey, Louis Halsey, Donald Neuen, Alfred Mann, Weston Noble, Lara Hoggard, Howard Skinner, and Jon Washburn.
Dr. Tamte-Horan is listed in Who’s Who in America, a recipient of the VocalEssence/American Choral Directors Association MN Award for Creative Programming and Excellence in Choral Performance, and a past board member of the American Choral Directors Association. His choirs have been featured at the major professional organization conferences and he has guest conducted numerous choral festivals in various parts of the United States.
Further information about CANTATICA is available at http://www.cantatica.org.
Funky Santa 5K Run – The Brick House is sponsoring a 5K run and 5K relay this Sunday, December 12th at 9:15 a.m. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Click below for all the details: http://events.allaroundphilly.com/pottstown-pa/events/show/153161905-funky-santa-5k-run
Pottstown Hometown Holiday Celebration continues this Friday, December 10th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in downtown Pottstown. Click here for info: http://www.downtownpottstown.org/
Music at Emmanuel: Coventry Singers – Sunday, December 12th at 4:00 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, corner of Hanover & Walnut Sts., Pottstown. The concert will feature music of the season. For more information: http://www.zvents.com/pottstown-pa/events/show/141102985-music-at-emmanuel-coventry-singers#
Christmas in Birdsboro – Saturday, December 11th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fun for your entire family! More info: http://www.birdsboropa.org/PDF/DatedEvents/ChristmasBirdsboro-2010.pdf
A Christmas Wonderland: Ocean City Theatre Company at Owen J. Roberts High School Auditorium, Friday, December 10th at 7:30 p.m. Billed as a family musical review, this is a one night only appearance in the Pottstown area. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 student/child. For more information: http://ojrhs.ojrsd.com/modules/cms/announce.phtml?sessionid=a64d4c566a9dee9910d4fbf5f764e4df&sessionid=a64d4c566a9dee9910d4fbf5f764e4df (Scroll down the page about half way)
A Christmas Carol: The Musical – Tri-County Performing Arts Center in downtown Pottstown. Performances continue all weekend. Info: http://www.tripac.org
The Historic Pottstown Neighborhood Association is proud to sponsor its annual holiday house tour, Historic Pottstown by Candlelight on Sunday, December 12, 2010.
This event showcases some of Pottstown’s most treasured architectural wonders both on the outside of these properties as well as their interiors. Come and enjoy our tour to see what Pottstown has saved from the past and kept for the future.
$12.00 Ticket includes:
Victorian Tea presented by the Doe Club, Pottstown Elks from noon – 2pm All homes and buildings on the tour are open from 1pm – 6pm
Model train display
Free trolley transportation for all ticket holders
Free refreshments to ticket holders
For ticket information or if you are interested in having your home open for our annual holiday house tour, please contact Sue Krause at (610) 323-2229.