The Lenape Chamber Ensemble has been Bucks County’s resident Chamber Music Ensemble since 1975. The Ensemble is a non-profit organization devoted to the performance of music selected from the complete chamber literature for up to nine instruments. Musicians are chosen from the best that New York and Philadelphia have to offer, and have come from as far away as California and Europe.
Our twenty-seventh season of Summer Gala Concerts promises to be an exciting one and we hope you will join us to hear top-flight musicians from New York and Philadelphia in three outstanding chamber music programs to be presented on three Saturday evenings, July 6, 13, and 20 at 8:00 p.m. in the air-conditioned Moumgis Auditorium in the Student Center at Delaware Valley College, located on Route 202 in Doylestown.
To celebrate this season, we offer concerts that feature some of the most popular chamber works including the lovely Schubert Sonatina in D to be played by violinist Cyrus Beroukhim and pianist Marcantonio Barone, the Debussy String Quartet featuring our fabulous quartet violinist Tim Fain, an early Mozart Quartet with Nancy Bean, Emily Smith, Catherine Beeson and Lloyd Smith, the big Brahms Violin Sonata No.3 and the much loved Dvorak Piano Quintet. Ending the season is the Louise Farrenc Piano Quintet, op. 30. Premiered in 1840, it was such a success that Ms. Farrenc then wrote other chamber works. Her music shows a romantic style not like any other and we are fortunate that violinist Barbara Govatos is a champion of this work. Also in the romantic style, maybe a little Brahmsian, is the Carl Frühling Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano a work introduced by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra clarinetist Alan R. Kay. The violist and composer Kenji Bunch wrote his Suite for Viola and Piano that has become a great hit with audiences. Lastly, flutist Tanya Witek who performs with Mostly Mozart and as substitute in the New York Philharmonic will lead the string quintet in David Amram’s Theme and Variations on “Red River Valley.”
Please invite your family, friends and neighbors to these popular concerts and enjoy meeting the performers at the champagne reception following each concert. Arrive early and take a walk around the College grounds where plants and trees are labeled as part of the Schmieder Arboretum and have a picnic at one of the tables in the courtyard or enjoy one of the fine restaurants in Doylestown.
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