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Saturday, November 21, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Trios for Piano, Violin and Viola

Rick Hoffenberg, John Vaida, and Amy Iwazumi join forces to bring two poignant works for an unusual instrumentation: Piano, violin, and viola.

The Jongen Trio, Op. 30 and Brahms Horn Trio, Op. 40 (later arranged for viola by Brahms) were created when the composers were in their early 30’s and both works were premiered with the composer at the piano. Rich with color and moments of exuberance and reflection, the works are jewels of the piano, violin, viola trio repertoire.

Register for access to the virtual concert!
Registration is $20, $15 for senior/students.


Saturday, November 14, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Broken Bows

Bring your instruments for an interactive session to hone your right arm skills! John Vaida will explore a methodical approach to bow division and its artistic application to repertoire. Exercises and repertoire have been selected for use on any bowed string instrument. Learn how the study of bow distribution can develop a focused sustained tone, build rhythmic accuracy, fulfill musical conception, and lead to artistic freedom.

This program is presented free of charge, thanks to the support in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


Saturday, November 7, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Stringed Instruments Inside and Out

Colin Maki, dealer and consultant in fine and rare stringed instruments, and Jerry Lynn, a restorer of stringed instruments with decades of industry experience share their expertise on instruments and their insight into the dealings of the industry.

This program is presented free of charge, thanks to the support in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


Saturday, October 17, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Music Business

Dr. Daniel Andai, Dean of Music at New World School of the Arts (Miami, Florida), Artistic Director of Killington Music Festival in (Killington, Vermont), and artistic director and principal conductor of Alhambra Orchestra in Miami, shares his experiences and views on the workings of the music business, and answers questions from those aspiring to enter into the music world.

This program is presented free of charge, thanks to the support in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


Saturday, October 3, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Fifteen Minutes to a Better Left Hand

Dr. Theodore Buchholz, cello professor and head of strings at University of Arizona, performer, and a nationally recognized researcher, gives an interactive session exploring creative strategies for forming a fifteen-minute regiment designed to develop or enhance a highly effective left hand. Within this fifteen-minute workout a wide array of technical ideas will be covered including left hand set up, intonation, ear-to-hand coordination, efficiency, relaxation, coordination, shifting, and vibrato. Mix, match, and adapt the concepts from this session to tailor make a fifteen minute workout that works for your or your student’s hand as your own creative application of exercises really solidifies technique. Bring your instrument to participate in this interactive session!

This program is presented free of charge, thanks to the support in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


Saturday, September 12, 2020
7:00 PM ET

All Things Broadway

Wade Preston, pianist, vocalist, composer, and arranger; and Jonathan Weber, violinist; have both played thousands of shows on Broadway and have countless stories to tell of their adventures on and off Broadway, on stage and behind the scenes.

This program is presented free of charge, thanks to the support in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


Saturday, September 5, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Sprightly Duos

John Vaida and Amy Iwazumi will give a virtual concert to kick off the Music Matters Series from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral featuring violin and viola duets of Mozart and Rolla. The concert will be performed on two 18th-century Italian instruments including a violin by Antonio Stradivari. This concert is free, and a link to the video will be provided to those registered.


Clarinet Kaleidoscope

Celebrate the leap year with extraordinary musicians, clarinetist, Nuno Antunes and pianist, Carlos Avila who will be joining John Vaida and Amy Iwazumi in a vibrant program of clarinet trios.

Date: SATURDAY, February 29, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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Program:
Darius Milhaud: Suite for violin, clarinet, and piano
Max Bruch: 8 pieces for viola, clarinet and piano
Paul Schoenfield: Trio for violin, clarinet, and piano

Performers:
Carlos Avila, piano; Nuno Antunes, clarinet; John Vaida, violin; Amy Iwazumi, viola


A Bohemian Winter

The Annual NEPACMS Benefit Concert returns to the historic Hayfield House by popular demand! Enjoy an evening of dramatic music for piano trio performed by Timothy Burns (piano), John Michael Vaida (violin), and Theodore Buchholz (cello). A special world-premiere performance of a work for clarinet, violin, viola, and cello, written by Penn State Wilkes-Barre music professor, Jonathan Pineno will also be featured.

Date: FRIDAY, January 10, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Hayfield House at Penn State Wilkes-Barre

Program:
Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio in G Major, Hob.XV:25, “Gypsy”
Jonathan Pineno: Phoenix Quartet
Paul Schoenfield: Café Music
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4, “Dumky”

Performers:
Timothy Burns, piano; John Michael Vaida, violin; Amy Iwazumi, viola, Theodore Buchholz, cello, Jonathan Pineno, clarinet

Seating is limited, online ticket purchase only!


The Grand Organ

NEPACMS is pleased to open its 2019-2020 season with chamber works for organ and strings. Organist, Mark Laubach, performing on St. Stephen’s beautiful Austin and Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ rebuilt by the Berghaus Organ Company of Chicago in 2008, will be a feast to the ears!

Date: SATURDAY, September 21, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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Program:
W. A. Mozart: Church Sonata K. 274 in G Major
Marcel Dupré: Organ Quartet, Op. 52
Saint-Saëns: Prière for cello and organ, Op. 158
Frederick Frahm: Augustine And The Seashell for organ and strings
Rheinberger: Trio for organ, violin, and cello, Op. 149

Performers:
Mark Laubach, organ; John Michael Vaida, violin; Amy Iwazumi, viola; Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida, cello


Duo Cello e Basso

NEPACMS is thrilled to highlight the double-bass and cello in a concert featuring the Duo Cello e Basso. Co-founders of Duo Cello e Basso are the husband and wife team, Pascale Delache-Feldman, double-bass, and Emmanuel Feldman, cello, both with extraordinary accomplishments and continuing successful careers. Revel in an evening filled with rarely performed works for double-bass and cello, including the lush Vaughn-Williams Piano Quintet, a relatively early work by Ralph Vaughn-Williams for piano, violin, viola, cello, and double-bass.

Date: SATURDAY, May 18, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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Program:

  • Dmitri Shostakovich Five Pieces (arr. cello, bass, and piano)
  • Emmanuel Feldman Enigma #1 for cello and bass
  • Astor Piazzolla Five Tangos (arr. cello and bass)
  • Gioachino Rossini Sonate a quattro No. 3 in C Major (for two violins, cello and bass)
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams Piano Quintet in C minor

Performers:
Hwaen Ch’uqi, piano; Amy Iwazumi, violin; John Michael Vaida, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Pascale Delache-Feldman, double-bass


Violin Visionaries

Award-winning Israeli violinist and recording artist Boris Abramov comes to NEPACMS to dazzle audiences with his “outstanding technical accomplishment and exceptional musical talent” (Fanfare Magazine). His exceptional sound paired with his electrifying presence and technical ease will not disappoint!

Date: SATURDAY, March 9, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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Program:

  • Alessandro Rolla Little Duos for Violin and Viola, Op. 13, No. 3
  • W.A. Mozart String Duo No. 1 in G Major for Violin and Viola, K. 423
  • Sergei Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56
  • Sergei Taneyev Trio in D Major for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 21
  • Eugène Ysaÿe Trio for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 35, Le Londres
  • Friedrich Hermann Capriccio No. 1 for Three Violins, Op. 2

Performers:
Boris Abramov, violin; John Michael Vaida, violin/viola; Amy Iwazumi, violin


Balancing Act

Join us for a special concert featuring the music of Baljinder Sekhon. Praised as “Clearly knowing the power of sonority” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sekhon’s works have garnered much acclaim especially for his pioneering works for the saxophone and percussion. Performing these works will be the saxophone and guitar duo, Duo Montagnard (Joseph Murphy, saxophone, and Matthew Slotkin, guitar). Formed in 2002, the duo has performed over 300 concerts in all 50 states, 8 Canadian Provinces, and 20 countries on 6 continents. They have commissioned and premiered forty pieces and have recorded five albums.

Date: SATURDAY, February 16, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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Program:
• Baljinder Sekhon “Balancing Act” for saxophone and guitar
• Baljinder Sekhon Sonata of Puzzles, for saxophone and piano
• Baljinder Sekhon Three Little Lights, for violin and piano
• Aaron Copland Sonata for violin and piano

Performers:
Joseph Murphy, saxophone; Matthew Slotkin, guitar; John Michael Vaida, violin; Eun-Joo Kwak, piano


The Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society (NEPACMS), co-sponsored by the Back Mountain Chamber, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and Arts at Hayfield, proudly present a benefit concert at the Hayfield House Penn State Wilkes-Barre, featuring Friends of NEPACMS (Hwaen Ch’uqi, piano; John Michael Vaida, violin; Jonathan Weber, violin; Amy Iwazumi, viola; Miho Weber, cello).

Experience chamber music as it was enjoyed centuries ago in an intimate setting at the beautiful Hayfield House at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. The performance will take place in an elegant room with marble fireplaces and feature timeless music. After the concert, mingle with the musicians and marvel at the ornate details of the Hayfield House.

Proceeds from this concert will go toward NEPACMS so that they may continue to provide world-class chamber music to the Northeast PA region.

Date: FRIDAY, January 11, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hayfield House at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, University Drive, Lehman, PA
Program: Dvořák String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Kodály Duo for Violin and Cello, Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia for Violin and Viola, Ch’uqi Flit of the Fireflies Upon A Summer Rain and Étude, and Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major.
Admission: $20, ONLINE ONLY. Tickets will not be available at the door. Seating is limited!


The Opulent Oboe

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society proudly opens its 2018-2019 season with oboist, Rong-Huey Liu. Explore the unique oboe quartet repertoire from the light and quirky Oboe Quartet by Sir Malcolm Arnold, the delightful Mozart Oboe Quartet, to the fantastical Benjamin Britten Phantasy Quartet. Dr. Liu’s radiant oboe playing is not to be missed!

Date: SATURDAY, November 3, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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Program:
• Malcolm Arnold Oboe Quartet, Op. 61
• W.A. Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
• Benjamin Britten Phantasy Quartet

Performers:
Rong-Huey Liu, oboe; John Michael Vaida, violin; Amy Iwazumi, viola; Miho Weber, cello


The New Trio

Hailed by The Washington Post as “Ravishing,” with a “warm subjectivity, intensity, and consciousness,” NEPACMS is delighted to present the award-winning piano trio, the New Trio, featuring pianist, Julio Elizalde, recital partner to such luminaries as Sarah Chang and Ray Chen; violinist, Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; and Patrick Jee, cellist of the New York Philharmonic.

Date: SUNDAY, May 6, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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Program:
Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11, “Gassenhauer”
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50


Italian Influences

Take a journey to Italy with Tchaikovsky’s iconic Souvenir de Florence, a string sextet composed in 1890 and dedicated to the St. Petersburg Chamber Music Society of which he became an Honorary Member. Also in the program are Maurice Ravel’s dynamic Sonata for Violin and Cello and Hugo Wolf’s playful Italian Serenade.

Date: FRIDAY, January 26, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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Program:
Maurice Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello
Hugo Wolf Italian Serenade for String Quartet
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky String Sextet in D minor “Souvenir de Florence”, Op. 70

Saeka Matsuyama, violin
John Michael Vaida, violin
Amy Iwazumi, viola
Jonathan Weber, violin/viola
Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida, cello
Miho Weber, cello

* The saxophone concert with Joseph Murphy and composer Baljinder Sekhon has been rescheduled to Spring of 2019.


Colorful Clarinet Quintets

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society opens its 2017-2018 Season with two contrasting clarinet quintets, the powerful and exuberant Gumboots by David Bruce and the celebrated Clarinet Quintet by Johannes Brahms.

Nuno Antunes lends his brilliant and elegant clarinet playing with violinist Saeka Matsuyama, and cellist Miho Weber, along with NEPACMS co-founders John Michael Vaida, violin, and Amy Iwazumi, viola.

Join us also for a pre-concert lecture given by Dr. Jennie Congleton, Ph.D.

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: Pre-concert lecture 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.; Concert at 8:00 p.m.
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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Program: David Bruce Gumboots and Johannes Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115

Nuno Antunes, clarinet
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Saeka Matsuyama, violin
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Miho Weber, cello
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Spring Quartets

Do not miss an opportunity to hear cellist, Theodore Buchholz and violinist, Elena Chernova-Davis performing two jewels from the string quartet repertoire, the Beethoven Op. 18 No. 1 and Dvořák “American”. Joined by John Michael Vaida, violin and Amy Iwazumi, viola.

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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Program: Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18 No. 1 and Dvořák String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96 “American”

 

Chamber music workshop and concert

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Violinist Daniel Andai, Concertmaster of the Miami Symphony, Dean of the New World School of the Arts, and Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival, will be performing with the NEPACMS Chamber Workshop Orchestra.

Dr. Andai will be working with area students all day on Saturday, February 4, holding a chamber music masterclass and conducting a chamber orchestra workshop, culminating in a concert at 6:00 PM.

The concert will feature the Vivaldi Concerto for Violin in A minor (performed by Dr. Andai), performances by the student chamber music groups, and more!

Date/Time: Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 6:00PM

Location: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S. Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

 

Quintessential Quintets

Featuring violinists, Jonathan Weber and John Vaida; violist, Amy Iwazumi; cellists, Miho Weber and Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida; and pianist, Hwaen Ch’uqi, enjoy an afternoon immersed in the sublime sounds of the Brahms Piano Quintet and Schubert Cello Quintet.

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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Program: Brahms Piano Quintet and Schubert Cello Quintet

 

TERRACE PIANO QUARTET

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The Terrace Piano Quartet will be performing at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre.
Hwaen Ch’uqi, piano; John Michael Vaida, violin; Amy Iwazumi, viola; Miho Zaitsu, cello

Date: February 19, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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Music for Two, Three, and Four

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Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Program:
Spohr Duet for Violin and Viola, Op. 13
Dvořák Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola, Op.74
Beethoven String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4