Performance Salon Concert Series
Wednesday Evenings, April 11, May 2, May 9
Join us for salon-style performances of music and poetry amidst an exhibition of Looking In: Portraits and their Stories. Guest performers incorporate a 19th century concert grand piano in our main gallery. The concerts are intimate (70 seats), so kindly RSVP to reserve a seat or join us in standing in the gallery. After each 45-minute concert, we suggest enjoying a wonderful dinner in Midtown Harrisburg! Parking is free in the lot behind the museum the whole evening.
Pianist Connor Rohrer April 11
An experienced pianist and keyboardist, Connor Rohrer has performed in multiple groups and experimented with different styles of music. However, Connor has always aspired to master his solo piano skills through arranging and improvisation. For his salon concert, Connor will perform selections for the piano that consist of various improvisations of jazz standards and virtuosic solo piano arrangements.
Pianist Ralph Diekemper May 2
Pianist in Residence, Ralph Diekemper, will perform a solo program of original compositions and improvisations on Wednesday evening, May 2 at 6:00 pm. Since November 2017, Ralph has performed at SAM at the Marty for 3rd in The Burg!, special Members-only events, and even accompanied Yoga in the Galleries. A local Harrisburg musical artist, Ralph’s original recordings have received airplay in diverse media formats including radio, television, and short films. Along with his solo piano work, Ralph’s original music duos and trios have performed at numerous East Coast Festivals, select theaters, galleries and other venues that are supportive to the creative arts.
Words, Music and Art by Poet Lucy Miller Murray (feat. Violinist Peter Sirotin) May 9
Lucy Miller Murray, founder of Market Square Concerts, will read from her poetry set to music by composers Michael Brown, Jeremy Gill, Jake Heggie, Paul Moravec (Pulitzer Prize 2004), Steve Rudolph, and Richard Wilson. Lucy has performed at Market Square Concerts, the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal arts, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Kosciusko Foundation in New York City. She is also author of Chamber Music: An Extensive Guide for Listeners, published by Rowman & Littlefield and a regular program annotator for Market Square Concerts, Harrisburg Symphony’s Stuart & Friends, Krannert Center at the University of Illinois, Festival Napa Valley, and the Artaria String Quartet at Hamlin University in St. Paul. Lucy recently provided notes for actor Bill Murray’s world-wide tour New Worlds with cellist Jan Vogler and Friends and liner notes for the Mendelssohn Trio’s Centaur recording of the complete Haydn piano trios.
Following the reading of her poem Thoughts on Bach’s Sonata in G Minor for Solo Violin, Peter Sirotin, Artistic Director of Market Square Concerts and Concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony, will perform the work.
Since his debut at the age of 14, performing Paganini Concerto No. 1 with Kharkiv Philharmonic in his native Ukraine, violinist Peter Sirotin has performed hundreds of concerts as a chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster in Europe, North America and Asia. In 1997 Mr. Sirotin has founded with his wife, pianist Ya-Ting Chang the Mendelssohn Piano Trio. This group is an ensemble-in-residence at Messiah College, and has performed over 500 concerts in US, Europe and Asia, as well as recorded 15 CDs including most recently the complete Haydn Piano Trios on Centaur Records. His performances have been described by critics as “stylistically refined” “electrifying” and “brilliant”. He is currently the Concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Market Square Concerts in Harrisburg, PA.
Concert 4 TBD
Dates Wednesday Evenings, April 11, May 2, May 9
Time Beginning and ending promptly 6 – 6:45pm
Ages All respectfully engaged individuals welcome
Free with the cost of admission (Museum members enjoy free admission!)
3rd in the Burg!
April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17
Every third Friday the museum is open Admission Free from 5:00-8:00 pm. Visit our rotating exhibitions on view in four galleries, or browse the gift shop. Meet friends or stop in on your way to a movie or dinner in Midtown! 3rd in the Burg! is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at art, and begin a dialog about it with a friend or fellow visitor.