A Little Night Music Concert Series

LNM 2014-2015


Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8pm

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Minas takes Brazilian and American roots to create a sound that is fresh and innovative, from ballads tinged with melancholic traits of Blues and Choro, to Folk coasting on the subtle coolness of a Bossa Nova pulse, to upbeat Sambas elaborated with instrumental jazz improvisation, scat singing and whimsical whistling. With recordings of original music and a collection of over 100 songs, Orlando and Patricia’s compositions have been compared to classics by Cole Porter and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Capturing the essence of great songwriting with memorable melodies, inventive harmonies, and poetic lyrics, the music of Minas is engaging and timeless. http://minasmusic.com/index.html

sonic escapeSonic Escape

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8pm

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The house darkens as stage lights focus upon two young men and a lady.  Flute to lips and bows to violin & cello, the first note heralds a journey across borders, worlds and time steeped in legends and magic. “I’ve never heard anything like this,” audiences exclaim; Sonic Escape responds by playing harder, composing better, digging deeper.

As graduates of The Juilliard School, Shawn Wyckoff (flute), Maria Kaneko Millar (violin) and Nan-Cheng Chen (cello) have performed in classical music’s greatest halls – The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, to name a few.  They’ve also traveled the world in roles as diverse as fiddle-dancing in Riverdance, jamming with Beale Street blues bands, soloing & drumming with taiko troupes, improvising with Native-American flute masters, dancing while performing the tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and playing rock clubs across NYC.  This lifelong commitment to devouring new sounds and pushing boundaries – both within themselves and the musical establishment – is why Sonic Escape came to be.  It’s also how the trio amassed a ridiculous technique that makes audiences swear they’re hearing an orchestra of a dozen different instruments or the synchronous voice of one.

Sondheim…On Love Cabaret with Maggie Riker

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8pm

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Who said Stephen Joshua Sondheim could not write a good love song? The critics have sounded off – His melodies are not sing-able. His dramatic themes are too dark, heavy, and intense.  He disrupted the classic musical theater “happily ever after” paradigm as he delved into disillusionment, despair, and self-study. Sondheim did not arbitrarily compose catchy melodies or write flowery love songs. Instead, he offered the musical theater world a new perspective on love, one that had been largely untouched and avoided by the composers and lyricists who came before him; a real, honest, and introspective understanding of love and relationships. Love, not with a grandiose sentiment or fairy tale ending, but rather a love that empowers, a love that enlivens, a love that resists, a love that struggles to survive, a love that endures, a love that twists and turns its way, weaving together a fantastic tapestry of lives and relationships. In honor of the approaching Valentine’s Day holiday, we invite you to celebrate Sondheim – the composer, the lyricist, and the poet – and, in so-doing, celebrate love, in all its variety and dimension.

Maggie Riker, soprano, is no stranger to stages big and small! From opera stages in Italy, Germany and across the USA to intimate cabarets and dinner theaters, Maggie has enjoyed performing in a wide variety of shows and concerts since studying at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Maggie has been the recipient of many notable awards including being a Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Auditions. From Mozart’s Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute to Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Maggie is happy singing just about anything. Most recently, she performed at Steel River with Lyric Fest in a Broadway Cabaret. Maggie also enjoys singing in Opera Night!, a fusion of operatic faves in a laid back and intimate cabaret style, at Vittorio’s Trattoria.

In addition to performing, she also enjoys directing a show every once in a while and is THRILLED to be directing this Reprise of her Sondheim…on love cabaret at the Community Music School in Trappe, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Maggie’s favorite “gig” of all, though, is caring for her family and loving husband. XOXO


Maggie Heffner Riker

Joe Ciresi

David Heffner

Teri Hoffman

Sophie Gialloreto

Ryan Young

Marie Anderson, piano


Ed Wise and His New Orleans Jazz Band

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8pm

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Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Ed Wise began his study of the string bass at the age of twelve.  At fifteen, he discovered jazz and began a life-long love affair with America’s original art form.  At seventeen, Ed was already a member of the American Federation of Musicians Houston Local 65, performing with Houston’s legendary tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb and sitting in at local jam sessions with Sonny Stitt, Rashaan Roland Kirk, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis,  and others. In 2005, he recorded his first CD “Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band”, featuring his original and imaginative arrangements of traditional New Orleans jazz for 8, 9 and 10-piece ensembles.  That same year, Wise received the honor of being named one of New Orleans’ “Jazz All-Stars” in New Orleans Magazine’s annual Jazz All-Star issue.

Arriving in Philadelphia in the wake of Katrina, Ed quickly became a fixture on the Philly jazz scene, freelancing on the bass and forming an east coast band to play the music from his CD. Named for the CD, Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band became quite popular and busy on the east coast traditional jazz and swing circuit.  In 2012, Ed released his 2nd CD, “géants”, featuring the music of Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, Rex Stewart and others, performed by Ed on bass, along with Stan Slotter on cornet, Joe Midiri on clarinet and soprano saxophone and Pat Mercuri on guitar.

Piano Four-Hand Concert featuring CMS Faculty Artists:

Efrain Amaya, Silvia Atmadja, Sang Mi Chung, Matteo Favero,  Emilily Kosasih, Milena Urban and Seth Trumbore

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8pm

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Program Includes:

  • Selections from Petroushka by Igor Stravinsky
  • Carnaval des animaux by Saint-Saëns
  • Fantasie by Schubert
  • Sonata for Piano Four-Hands by Poulenc
  • Libertango by Piazzolla arr. Lee Yin Ping
  • Pictures of the East by Schumann
  • Slavic  Dance op. 72 No. 1 and No. 2 by Dvořák
  • Valse  & Romance for Six-Hand Piano by Rachmaninoff






Ticket Information

Full Series SLNMubscription: Adults: $80  –  Seniors & CMS Adult Students & Family Members: $70  –  CMS Students 18 & Under: FREE  Purchase Series Subscription

Pick Three: Adults: $50  – For Pick Three Ticket Orders: Call 610.489.3676

Single Tickets: Adults: $18  –  Seniors & CMS Adult Students & Family Members: $16  –  CMS Students 18 & Under: FREE

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

Thank You to Our 2014-2015 Sponsors

Season Sponsor:
TR Insurance Group, Inc.

Gallery Sponsors:
Liberty Dental Group
MacElhenney Management

Corporate Sponsors:
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Phoenixville Federal Bank
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