2013-2014 Concert Season

Dublin Guitar Quartet

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 8pm


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The Dublin Guitar Quartet has received much acclaim for bringing their preferred genre of music, contemporary classic, to classical concerts as well as rock’n’roll music events.  The group formed in 2002 while all members Brian Bolger, Patrick Brunnock, David Flynn, and Redmond O’Toole were studying at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.  The quartet has worked with international composer Kevin Volans and most of their transcriptions consist of Volan’s original work. They have played as “rock” guests alongside Final Fantasy of Canada and The Redneck Manifesto of Dublin. In 2004, the Dublin Guitar Quartet opened at the Guitar Festival of Ireland which included performances by Louis Stewart and John Williams.


In 2005, the Dublin Guitar Quartet began their tour of Ireland and were invited to play at venues such as Galway’s Town Hall Theatre and the Market Place in Armagh and Crawdaddy. Also in this year, the group released their debut album Deleted Piece. The groups newest album is set to be released in October of 2013 - just in time for the beginning of their American tour! For more information about the Dublin Guitar Quartet please visit their website at http://www.dublinguitarquartet.com/

Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano

Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 8pm


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Astral Artist Alexandre Moutouzkine is back to delight our audience with his superb technique and moving interpretations.  The Dallas Morning News said Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine, “played Brahms’ Op. 117 Intermezzi more beautifully, more movingly, than I’ve ever heard them. At once sad, tender and noble, this was playing of heart-stopping intimacy and elegance.”


Highlights of the 2012-2013 season included a return to Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, chamber music concerts with violinist Mikhail Simonyan at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Bremen Musikfest, debut appearances with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Flint Symphony, and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, and performances of “Between the Keys,” a program of the complete solo piano works of John Corigliano.

Academy of Vocal Arts

Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8pm


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Back By Popular Demand - the  talented singers from the renowned Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia takes the stage for the A Little Night Music concert series. For this concert, a quartet of talented singers from AVA will present a delightful evening of operatic arias, lieder and familiar favorites.  Performing will be Anush Avetisyn, soprano; Julia Dawson, mezzo-soprano; Galeano Salas, tenor; Michael Adams, baritone; and accompanied by Luke Housner.

Read more about the artists here: http://www.avaopera.org/artists/.

Don’t miss your chance to hear the next generation of great operatic singers on stage in Trappe!

Trio Galilei

Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4pm


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Hailed for its unique blend of Irish, Scottish, Early and Original music, Ensemble Galilei has created an inspired sound on stage and CD. Touring both gorgeous instrumental programs and exciting collaborative projects, the group takes each audience on an exquisitely designed journey.


Mixing the colors and styles of early instruments with Celtic traditions, the group is equally at home with Irish Reels, Medieval Cantigas and English Country Dance tunes. Ensemble Galilei is versatile, virtuosic, energetic, and very entertaining. Ensemble Galilei bring to CDs and the stage “All the precision of a first rate classical string quartet” and “communication between performers and audience at it best.”


Ginger Hildebrand (guitar and fiddle) holds a Master's degree in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore where she worked with Manuel Barrueco; she studied both violin and guitar in her undergraduate work at Dickinson College.  She claims her ability to perform on many instruments is due more to her lack of focus than any abundance of talent.  She's been performing professionally since she was 19 with her husband David, focusing on authentic early American music and instruments.  Together they've provided music for documentaries, PBS specials, and on stages at Williamsburg, Mt. Vernon, the Smithsonian, and the like.  They have released five CDs and two children.  Ginger also teaches privately and has done educational outreach for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through their Arts Excel program. 


Sue Richards (harp) is a traditional musician and collector of tunes. As a child she studied classical harp in Ohio with Lucy Lewis  and Jean Harriman, and then turned to the Irish and Scottish music of her heritage. She won the American National Scottish Harp Championship four times and is a Scottish Harp Society of America (SHSA) Distinguished Judge. Sue has performed at Celtic Connections and the Edinburgh International Harp Festival in Scotland, and toured Norway and Sweden with the Harpa ensemble. She has played for Presidents Clinton and Bush, Queen Elizabeth of England, and sat in with The Chieftains Irish band. She has served as president of SHSA and the Washington, D.C., Folk Harp Society. She currently teaches and directs the harp program at the Ohio Scottish Arts School (OSAS), has taught at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska, Summerkeys Music School in Maine, and most of the major harp festivals in the US. She has written many original tunes and several books of arrangements, and has a long list of recordings to her credit.


Carolyn Anderson Surrick (viola da gamba) received a BA in music from UCSC and an MA in musicology from George Washington University. She founded Ensemble Galilei in 1990 and in this extraordinarily democratic organization her official title has always been “Navigatrix” – which refers to her uncanny ability to keep the group on the road and bring new projects to fruition. She has worked with The Hubble Space Telescope Institute to create A Universe of Dreams, partnered with The National Geographic Society on First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World, and now oversees Ensemble Galilei’s collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, First Person: Seeing America. She was in the film, the Pelican Brief, she has recorded for Dorian, Maggie’s Music, Telarc,  NPR Classics, and Sono Luminus and she teaches workshops and seminars on the business of music. Most recently, her playing has taken her, with Sue Richards and Ginger Hildebrand, to The Walter Reed Army Medical Center to play for wounded warriors. The warriors and their families are the inspiration for her book of poetry, Between War and Here which can be found at www.uppergreenbooks.com.

Jazz 5 Pack

Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 4pm


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The Jazz 5 Pack is comprised of musicians from the Philadelphia, Lancaster and Reading areas. Trumpeter Rob Diener and trombonist John Loos form the front line and co-lead the group. The rhythm section includes pianist John Clionsky, Mike Gordon on bass and Paul Gallello on drums.


The Jazz Pack 5 performs many of the beautiful and timeless melodies from the Great American Songbook, as well as bebop from the 1940s. The music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Miles Davis, Benny Golson, Duke Ellington and many other prolific composers from this exciting era are staples of the The Jazz 5 Pack’s repertoire. Whatever is being performed, the emphasis is always on traditional jazz harmonies and improvisation.


The Jazz 5 Pack has been together for the past two years and collectively, the members have performed together in many other groups for the better part of the last decade. The Jazz Five Pack has performed concerts at The Miller Center for the Arts in Reading, Pa to Benefit the Reading School district music department, and was very well received at The Reading Planetarium Jazz Under the Stars Series.



CMS Student Showcase

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 4pm


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This musical potpourri event will feature Community Music School's own talented students.  The performers are selected by audition to perform for this special event and audience members will be blown away by the talent in our very own studios.  From solo performances from piano, vocal and string students, to our award winning chamber ensembles and wind students, this concert is a great opportunity for our community to see and hear what CMS is all about.  Join us for this very special concert - you won't be disappointed! 

About A Little Night Music Concerts

Dear Friends,


We are thrilled to bring you the eighth season of the A Little Night Music concert series.  We have made some changes to the series this year that are sure to enhance the experience for our faithful followers as well as entice new audience members to join in the fun!


Our "frequent flyers" know that A Little Night Music concerts are more than meets the eye!  Each concert is paired with an art exhibit opening in The Gallery at CMS.  Doors open one hour before the concert and patrons are invited to stroll through the Gallery and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and light hors d'oeuvres.


This season, our concerts will take place on Saturday evenings at 8pm or Sunday afternoons at 4pm depending on the event.  We hope that the variety in hours will make it possible for more to join in the fun.  In addition to the variety in show times, the programming is a mix of classical, jazz and world music.  Every concert is sure to be entertaining and inspiring.  Finally, the capstone event to the concert series will be a student showcase featuring Community Music School's own talented students.  Come see the up and coming talents studying right here in Trappe, PA.  Who knows - you may see one of our students on the stage of Carnegie Hall one day!


None of this would be possible without the additional support we receive from our corporate and individual sponsors.  On behalf of the Board of Directors, faculty, staff and students at Community Music School, please accept my sincere thanks for your generosity.




Jennifer Abate Little

Program Director



Full Series Subscription:

Pick Four: Single Tickets:
Adults: $90 Adults: $60 Adults: $18
Seniors & CMS Adult Students & Family Members: $80 Seniors & CMS Adult Students & Family Members: $60 Seniors & CMS Adult Students & Family Members: $16  
CMS Students 18 & Under: FREE CMS Students 18 & Under: FREE  CMS Students 18 & Under: FREE


For Pick Four Ticket Orders: Call 610.489.3676

Group Discounts Available: Call 610.489.3676 for information on special pricing for groups of six or more.

Thank You to Our 2013-2014 Sponsors

Season Sponsor:

TR Insurance Group, Inc.


Gallery Sponsors:

Cunningham Piano Company

Fred Beans Auto Group

MacElhenney Management


Wyndcroft School


Corporate Sponsors:

Epps Advertising

Phoenixville Federal Bank

Wynne Volkswagon Volvo