Pure Listening Pleasure

Saturday, June 8, 2013  Scranton Cultural Center @ 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Scranton Cultural Center @ 8:00 p.m.

We recently spilled our guts about our ten favorite listening pleasures here on our blog. Of course, as classical violinists, we’re no strangers to the likes of Mozart and Beethoven, but when it comes to pure listening pleasure, we’re equally tickled pink by more modern composers like John Williams and Henry Mancini.

Back then, big-wig classical composers based their musical creations on a variety of subjects, including the well-loved plot lines of literature and other stories (think: Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” or Rimsky-Korasakov’s “Scheherazade”). Today, many of the who’s who in composer prowess still base their compositions on great stories, but stories that are birthed in the medium of film.

Though it’ll probably be a long time before we tire of listening to Beethoven’s 5th, sometimes, a breath of musical fresh air is in order…

“Maestro at the Movies”

15 year old piano prodigy Sasha Voinov & Maestro Lawrence Loh

15 year old piano prodigy Sasha Voinov & Maestro Lawrence Loh

So, for the greatest in film score composition and a healthy dose of musical refreshment, Maestro Lawrence Loh and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic present “Maestro at the Movies” as the grand finale to their 41st season. Let’s just say that the programming for this concert is incredible and the our little Valenches quartet will be happily attending the concert (hopefully not singing along too loudly).

Maestro Loh has pulled together an evening of themes from iconic movies, including:

  • Superman
  • E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
  • Mission Impossible
  • Les Miserables
  • James Bond
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Jaws
  • & more

Plus, the NEPA Phil will feature 15 year old piano prodigy Sasha Voinov playing the finale from Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, as featured in the movie “Shine.”

Down to the details…

Flat out — you CANNOT miss this concert!

Who: The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic

What: “Maestro at the Movies”

When: Saturday, June 8, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Scranton Cultural Center

Tickets: Call the Philharmonic Office (570) 270 – 4444 or visit their website.

Season Finale: Tapas Brunch

Season Finale Tapas Brunch.jpg

Finally, in celebration of a 41st season well done, all are invited to the Phil’s Season Finale Tapas Brunch and Auction at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Wilkes Barre on Sunday, June 9th, 2013. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with the music of NEPA Philharmonic members (and Valenches Music Company string professionals) Fritz Valenches, Jule Supplee and Peter Brubaker. Tickets can be purchased through the Philharmonic website.