Friday Evening Music Club
Friday Evening Music Club

Recital Dates

 Date  Location Comments
     
October 22,  2021 FUMC

Season Opener /

Autumn Leaves

November 19, 2021 FUMC American Music Month
January 28, 2022 FUMC Student Recitals
February 25, 2022 FUMC Organ Highlights
March 25, 2022 To Be Determined Spring Breaks
April 29, 2022 TBD Season Finale

We are thankful to First United Methodist Church to continue to open its doors to us, a marvelous and resonant space for our performances.

 

FUMC strongly recommends masks to enter their facility this year, whether you are vaccinated or not. FEMC supports this position.


In addition, we will be prepared to pivot to online production, should the ongoing pandemic make this necessary. We will keep all of you as performers and audience members apprised as the year unfolds.

 

Next Recital

 

FEMC announces our American Music Month recital, to be held on Friday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Greensburg, 15 E. 2nd Street (across from the YMCA).


We are so excited about the upcoming recital, which will feature American composers born between 1874 and 1947, three of whom are still composing (the others are (de)composing)!


Flutist Emma Jones will perform a very descriptive solo sonata, with movements listed “Questioning, Jaunty, Introspective and Rakish”, by Chicago-born John LaMontaine.


Beverly Hritz, pianist, will offer music by contemporaries born just one year apart, writing in very different styles: Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee – Toccatina No. 1, and Philip Glass – Etude No. 16.

UPG faculty members Chris Bartley, baritone and Matt Klumpp, piano, will collaborate in presenting “I’ve Known Rivers” by Gwyneth Walker, using poetry by Langston Hughes, who was born in the same town – Joplin, MO – as Mark Twain.  From the set, Matt and Chris will perform My Soul has Grown Deep, Troubled Water, and Jump Right In!


Mother/daughter duo, Sylvia Andrae, piano and Christina Andrae, flute, will perform a Daniel Dorff adaptation of the organ piece, Variations on “America”.  Ives once said that his (preacher) father "didn't let me do it much, as it made the boys laugh" in church.


Please wear a mask inside the church, following their safety policy during Covid.  Although we are not publicizing this in the media, please feel free to bring a friend.


We hope to see even of you this month – it was wonderful to have so many there last month, and because the church is huge, there is ample room to social distance!

 
Past Recitals
 
FEMC Recital - April 2021  Our April recital was live-streamed from the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center on Friday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. In this season finale was the music of composers representing the baroque, classical and romantic periods. Flutist Roger Cazden and pianist Josie Merlino presented the Flute Sonata in B minor, BWV 1030, by Bach - his most innovative and complicated work in this genre. Pianist Beverly Hritz showcased the first of Schubert’s four beloved Impromptus - Op. 90 No. 1 in C Minor. Soprano Sophia Mintas and pianist Matt Klumpp performed (in Russian!) Tatiana’s Letter Scene from the opera Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky as well as the famous Queen of the Night aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute.
 

FEMC Recital - March 2021  On Friday, 3/26 at 7:30pm, FEMC presented its March recital "The Ides," livestreaming from the Garden and Civic Center in Greensburg.

 

Performers, all FEMC members, included Christina and Sylvia Andrae, who played the delightful Hamburger Sonata for flute and keyboard by CPE Bach, the most prolific of JS Bach’s sons. Pianist Matt Klumpp shared Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in B-flat, Op. 23 No. 2 and Chopin’s famous Revolutionary Etude. Soprano Sophia Mintas, accompanied by Klumpp, performed three arias: the first two, “Porgi amor” and “Deh, vieni non tardar” are from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, followed by Verdi’s “Volta la terrea” from A Masked Ball. The program also featured a rare, but welcomed presentation. Those of us who are pet owners have spent more time than ever before with our beloved animals during the past year - Paula Perry delighted us by reading selections from Dog Songs by Mary Oliver, who, in 2007, was described by The New York Times as "far and away, this country's best-selling poet."

 

Student Recital - January 2021 - On Friday, 1/29, our annual student recital was broadcast live on Youtube.  This recital featured students of the following FEMC members: Edward Kuhn, Jr. and Michele Boulet as well as the winner of the 2021 Mildred Gardner Scholarship Competition!

 

Pianists performing include brothers Austin An and David An. Austin performed the first movement of Mozart’s Sonata, K. 545 and Mendelssohn’s Hunting Song. David played the Debussy Arabesque No. 1 and the Allegro con brio mvt. of Sonata in D Major, Hob XVI/37by Haydn. Flutists included Emma Jones, performing Blavet Sonata No. 4 in G minor (La Lumagne) and Moszkowski Spanish Dance #5 (Bolero), and Evelyn Markle, playing the 1st mvt. of Kuhlau’s Grand Solo, Op. 57 No. 1 and the Aria, Op. 48 No. 1 by Ernst von Dohnányi (grandfather of former Cleveland Orchestra music director, Christoph von Dohnányi). Member Josie Merlino accompanied all of the wind players. Bassoonist Walter Vinoski, this year’s scholarship winner, performed the program he submitted for the competition.

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