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Dear Friends,

The Beacon Hill Concerts are a series of free classical and semi-classical concerts that take place in a newly-built music hall situated on a beautiful privately-owned property near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The series aims at providing high-quality classical and semi-classical music to the Pocono region. Now in our eleventh season, with five concerts scheduled for summer and fall 2018, we are once again bringing outstanding musical artists to this area. Guests are welcome and can make inquiries and reservations by emailing the concert coordinator, Dan Crawford at dandcrawford@gmail.com, or calling Jean Stettler at 570-476-1308. 

 

2018 Summer Concert series

Saturday, May 26, 4:00 p.m., PIANIST PAUL BARNES
Saturday, June 9, 4:00 p.m., NEW YORK POLYPHONY, VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Saturday, July 7, 4:00 p.m., DUO SERENISSIMA, SOPRANO ELISABETH HETHERINGTON & LUTENIST DAVID MACKOR

 

2018 Concert Schedule 

Saturday, May 26, 4:00 p.m., PIANIST PAUL BARNES

 

Internationally acclaimed Paul Barnes, Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and head chanter at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Lincoln, presents a unique lecture/recital, “Love, Death, and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Ancient Chant.” His program includes a selection of Barnes’ own piano transcriptions of Philip Glass’ 1992 opera Orphee (which Barnes transcribed into his seven-movement Orphee Suite for Piano); Franz Liszt’s monumental Ballade No. 2; interspersed with three orthodox hymns (chanted); and more. A once-in-a-lifetime experience! www.paulbarnes.net .

 

Saturday, June 9, 4:00 p.m., NEW YORK POLYPHONY, VOCAL ENSEMBLE


 

New York Polyphony—Geoffrey Williams, Steve Wilson, Chris Herbert, and Craig Phillips— returns for a fourth visit to Beacon Hill with their “beautifully blended voices of individual distinction.” Their program includes a rich tapestry of Early and Contemporary works: madrigals by de Rore, Lassus and Verdelot, plus Janequin’s gem “La Guerre”; Penalosa’s lush Lamentations of Jeremiah; and the world premiere of contemporary composer Greg Spears’ The Bitter Good, based on the earliest hymn tunes in America from the German cloistered community in Ephrata PA. A concert that will strike familiar notes, but also take us to new places! www.newyorkpolyphony.com .

(The world premier of Gregory Spears’ The Bitter Good is a commissioned work made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.)

 

Saturday, July 7, 4:00 p.m., DUO SERENISSIMA, SOPRANO ELISABETH HETHERINGTON & LUTENIST DAVID MACKOR

 

A new act in our series, Duo Serenissima with Canadian soprano Elisabeth Hetherington and Dutch lutenist David Mackor. The Duo was founded in 2016 and is presently based in the Netherlands, where they perform regularly in major cities and concert halls. When I heard them perform, I was dazzled by Elisabeth’s pure voice and theatrical stage presence. They will do a selection of 16th-17th century English songs that incorporates three different aspects of English life—folk songs, courtly music (John Dowland), and theatre (Robert Johnson). A beautiful serenade! www.duoserenissima.com .

 


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