NEPA Philharmonic: “BE THERE” Opening Weekend!
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, under the direction of Maestro Lawrence Loh, is about to kick off Season 42 and they want you to BE THERE! Once again, the Phil has an exciting weekend up their sleeves that you won’t want to miss, including their premier concert featuring the wildly talented Naughton Sisters at the piano. We had the chance to ask these two women about their experiences as young pianists so stay tuned for their insight on practicing, discipline and falling in love with music. (AHEM — students and parents — this one’s for you!)
But first, onto this weekend’s events…
Meet, Greet & Support Event
WHO: Maestro Lawrence Loh, Christina & Michelle Naughton and members of the NEPA Phil
WHAT: Mix & Mingle PLUS an intimate preview performance with the Naughton Sisters
WHEN: Thursday, September 19, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit
TICKETS: $45 per person
Drama on the Keyboard
WHO: The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic featuring Christina & Michelle Naughton
WHAT: Masterworks 1
- Rossini “Overture to The Barber of Seville”
- Poulenc “Concerto in D Minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra”
- Mozart “Symphony No. 39 in E Flat Major”
WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes Barre
TICKETS: Philharmonic Office (570) 270 – 4444 or online
WHO: Cirque Musica & Members of the NEPA Philharmonic
WHAT: A new concert and visual experience featuring today’s greatest circus performers and members of the Phil — the perfect opportunity to introduce your family to great music, including classical, pops & more while enjoying a rollicking, shock-tacular circus experience.
WHEN: Sunday, September 22, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes Barre
TICKETS: ticketmaster.com, (800) 745 – 3000 or at the Box Office
Naughton Sisters Exclusive!
Christina and Michelle Naughton already have a hefty resume of international performing experience to their names when it comes to the piano but they had to start somewhere, right?
We asked the twin sisters to give us a quick look into their early experiences with the piano and here’s what they said…
“I would say that music itself and our love of it was truly what gave us the drive to practice. People always say that it takes discipline for a young person to study music. In my personal experience, I have actually found the opposite to be true. For me, it takes music to find discipline rather than discipline to find music. I think the beauty and depth of the music itself inspired in me a discipline that I would not have found otherwise. Sometimes I wish I could call on that same discipline when I’m trying not to finish that last potato chip, or not listen to a song I’ve fallen in love with five more times late at night when I have an early morning — but sadly, it doesn’t always appear in those moments!”
“However, when I was a child, I did not practice all day, as I went to school, and enjoyed a wide variety of activities, including tennis, ballet, and of course sleepovers and birthday parties — which were my favorite of all the activities. But even though I was able to enjoy these things as well, piano practicing can be extremely boring and lonely for a child. For me, this loneliness was lifted a great deal, as piano was somewhat of a ‘family’ activity.”
“My first inspiration came from my mother, who is my first piano teacher. My ‘lessons’ at the time lasted ten minutes as I was only four years old, but I remember it being a very joyful ten minutes. Without her, I would not be a musician today.”
On Musical Companionship…
“Later in our musical education, my parents would drive us long distances for lessons. At the time, my sister and I played only solo, and took separate lessons, but we never missed each other’s lessons and went through the ups and downs together every step of the way. If there was a way that learning piano could become less chore-like and lonely for children, I think that we would have more musicians today. I believe that if every child were given the opportunity everyday to have a ten minute lesson one-on-one with a supportive teacher, and perhaps a friend who could go through the same experience alongside them, the future of classical music would be brilliant beyond expectation!”
Christina & Michelle Naughton
Born in Princeton, New Jersey to parents of European and Chinese descent; Christina and Michelle are graduates of Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. Their teachers include Evelyne Crochet, Gary Graffman, Joseph Kalichstein, Jerome Lowenthal, and Robert McDonald. They are Steinway Artists and currently reside in New York City.
(A full biography can be found here at their website.)