Starlight Tea Concert Series
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at 7:00 PM
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at 7:00 PM
On Saturday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m., the Starlight Tea Concert Series will present an event entitled “Local Heroes” in honor of the fine local musicians joining forces in our Sanctuary. Featuring soprano Amy Yovanovich, violinist Michael Jamanis, and pianists Maria Thompson Corley and Margaret Marsch, this concert will be sure to please! All four of these fine soloists have a strong local following, and having them together in one room is the definition of a delightful evening.
Guilherme Andreas, flute & Gianne Ge Zhu, piano
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at 7:00 PM
Our Starlight Tea Concert Series is thrilled to welcome a pair of accomplished International soloists on Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 pm. Brazilian flutist Guilherme Andreas and Chinese pianist Gianne Ge Zhu will join forces to present a program entitled The Sound of Brazilian Classical Music. This concert is presented as part of the church’s weekend‐long Celebration of Global Missions event.
Born in Jiangsu, China, Zhu began her piano study at age 5. In 2008, she came to the United States to further her training at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy at James Madison University (JMU). She has competed and won awards at various international competitions, including being named a finalist at the Brescia International Piano Competition (Italy).
Andreas began his musical journey in his church’s wind ensemble in Brasilia, Brazil. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Brasilia and then was appointed principal flute of the Brazilian Marine Wind Symphony in Rio de Janeiro. He continued his flute studies and earned a graduate diploma in chamber music at the Brazilian Music Conservatory. He also studied at JMU and the Peabody Institute. Currently, Andreas serves as music director of Grace City Church of Baltimore and was recently appointed principal flute of the chamber orchestra Symphony Number One. He has won various competitions, including first prize in the São Paulo Symphony Masterclass Competition. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall performing with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
Starlight Tea Epiphany Concert
Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at 7:00 PM
On Sunday, January 6, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, our annual Starlight Tea Epiphany Concert returns as one of the most‐beloved traditions at Lancaster Church of the Brethren! Each year, the Chancel Choir, the Carillon Bell Choir, soloists and instrumentalists join to take one more look at the music of Advent, Christmas and beyond. We will welcome some special guest instrumentalists as well: the Lancaster Brass Quintet, percussionist Mark Yingling, and flutist C. J. Flint.
This year’s concert features a major work by composer Stephen Chatman entitled Christmas Joy. Accompanied by brass quintet, organ and timpani, the choir will sing of all aspects of the Christmas story! In addition, the choir will sing several other anthems and carols of the Advent and Christmas seasons, and will look forward into the new year as well. One unexpected treat is Hope for Resolution by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory. This anthem, which features flutist C. J. Flint, combines the ancient chant Of the Father’s Love Begotten with a Zulu song entitled Thula Sizwe.
Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at 7:00 PM
We are pleased to welcome back two performers that have been on the Starlight Tea series, now in a joint recital! Pianists Justin Badgerow and Debra Ronning will perform a recital of piano duet literature for one piano, four hands—a combination that requires a lot of dexterity and coordination! The duo pianists are colleagues in the music department at Elizabethtown College.
The program will include Poulenc’s witty and satirical Sonata, an arrangement of Ravel’s orchestral masterpiece La Valse, a lyrical, romantic work titled Silent Woods from the cycle From the Bohemian Forest by Antonin Dvořák, and three movements of a rhythmically charged, jazz‐inspired work by Nikolai Kapustin entitled Sinfonietta.
Saturday, May. 4, 2019, at 7:00 PM
Since 2005, the Lancaster British Brass Band has thrilled audiences with their stirring renditions of traditional brass band arrangements, as well as new works that explore the range of the ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Allen, the group draws large audiences whenever they perform. This is another repeat engagement for the Starlight Tea series, and if the last concert was any indication, you should arrive early to get a good seat!