CMS Concerts & Events

We have a terrific line up of concerts and events for our 2017-2018 Season! There is something for everyone as we welcome an eclectic group of musicians to our stage. We invite to come out and enjoy the variety of classical, jazz, world music, and pop-rock programs we have planned for the year!

Breaking BlondePop, Rock & Brews – An Octoberfest Fundraising Event – Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:30-11pm

Join us for an Oktoberfest fundraiser for CMS with a fun-filled evening of pop and rock music performed by local area bands. Beer and pizza will be available for purchase. Come rock out and enjoy this fun night, all proceeds to support the Community Music School!

Just for Kicks Band  specializes in guitar driven rock and blues music. Band members include Kim Dahms, Vocals; Bill Ferreri, Vocals; Frank Sweigart, Guitar; Colin Dahms, Bass/Vocals and CMS faculty member Porter Eidam, Drums/Vocals.

 Breaking Blonde with lead singer Heather Bloodworth, formed in 2016 as a collective group of suburban souls with one purpose… to rock you out! Band members include Graham Goudie, Bass; Andrew Karnavas, Drums; Tim McGlone, Guitar and Vocals; Andy South, Guitar; Kathy Weir, Keyboard and Vocals.

Justin Pasquine – Enjoy this local singer who covers pop and rock music like The Beatles, playing guitar and keyboard.

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Ustad Shahid Parvez KhanUstad Shahid Parvez Khan, Sitar – Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30pm

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is a world renowned musician, who descends from six generations of sitarists, and he is one of the leading exponents of the Etawah Gharana. He was trained by his father and guru, Ustad Aziz Khan.

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan’s musical style is distinct. The traditions of the Etawah Gharana have remained vital and productive in Ustadji’s hands. His style emphasizes the unique capabilities of the sitar itself, introducing highly energized and rhythmically innovative instrumental play – “tantrakari”. At the same time, he has mastered “gayaki ang” – a style of sitar which transfers the emotional directness and tonal nuance of the human voice to his instrument. It’s this combination of energetic play and sensual emotion that results in a remarkable interplay, and defines his style.

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan maintains a rigorous worldwide tour schedule and leaves audiences in awe after each performance. He has released hundreds of recordings, performed in all the major music festivals in India, and has toured the US, Europe, Russian, Canada, Middle East, Africa, and Australia.

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Eric FungDr. Ai-Lin Hsieh,celloSteinway Artist, Dr. Eric Fung with Special Guest, Ai-Lin Hsieh, cello – Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30pm

Dr. Eric Fung was the second-prize ex aequo winner at the Thirteenth International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. He was also awarded first prize at the Corpus Christi Young Artists International Competition (1996), second prize at St. Louis Symphony Concerto Competition (1997), and first prize at the Juilliard School Concerto Competition. Dr. Fung has collaborated with the Juilliard Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra among many others. His orchestra debut at Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Orchestra and his Carnegie Hall solo debut won rave reviews from the New York Times and New York Concert Review, respectively. Dr. Fung is a Steinway Artists and is currently a tenured associate professor of piano at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ai-Lin Hsieh’s performance highlights include a collaborative performance with legendary cellist Mistislav Rostropovitch in Taipei and a concerto performance with the University of Maryland Philharmonia Ensemble that won critical acclaim from the Washington Post. She is currently Assistant Principal Cellist of the York Symphony, and is on the music faculty of Messiah College teaching cello performance.

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MilenaCMS Faculty Artists Present “Impressionism in Music” – Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:30pm

Impressionism in music was a movement among composers in Western classical music, mainly during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, whose music focuses on suggestion and atmosphere, “conveying the moods and emotions aroused by the subject rather than a detailed tone picture”. “Impressionism” is a philosophical and aesthetic term borrowed from late 19th century French painting after Monet’s Impression, Sunrise. Composers were labeled impressionists by analogy to the impressionist painters who use starkly contrasting colors, effect of light on an object, blurry foreground and background, flattening perspective, etc. to make the observer focus his attention on the overall impression.

CMS faculty artists will perform pieces by some of the key forerunners of the impressionist era including works by Debussy, Raval and Satie. Audiences can expect to hear a variety of instrumental and vocal music that represents this fascinating period of music and art.

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PA Philharmonic BrassPennsylvania Philharmonic Brass – Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:30pm

Join the Pennsylvania Philharmonic Brass for an evening of American greats as we travel from the streets of New Orleans to the avenues of New York: featuring the sounds of Bourbon Street, Jazz standards, and selections from Bernstein’s iconic West Side Story.

The Quintet was formed in 2014 from the brass section of the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, a professional orchestra which specializes in educational outreach and community engagement.

In addition to performing with the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, members of the quintet play in Symphony Orchestras across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Washington DC.

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The Dolce Quartet Tri-County 2015

CMS Student Showcase – Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3:00pm

An annual Student Showcase Concert is held at the end of
each school year to recognize the outstanding accomplishments
of our students over the course of the year. Students are selected by audition for this special program and perform a variety of instrumental and vocal repertoire.

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