First Sunday | Daniel Lamas

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The Centre Theater welcomes two groups of performing artists on the next First Sunday Concert. Opening the concert is New York City based violist Daniel Lamas performing together with Steve Kramer. They will feature music for viola and cello by Bach, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Hindemith.

Following intermission, listeners will be delighted by the award-winning band, Gangspil. Kristian Bugge on fiddle and Sonnich Lydom on accordion and harmonica will take the audience through a journey of traditional Danish music.

Admission is free, and donations are appreciated. For more information, contact the Director of Music, Steve Kramer at 610-710-6100.

Artist Biography – Daniel Lamas

An artist with an innovative and versatile spectrum; Chilean-American Violist, Daniel Lamas leads a multifaceted career as a performer, educator, and scholar. Daniel has taken on a project to present a recital containing works from female composers in the hope of opening up the doors for these composers to share their art with the world.

As principal violist, he has held positions with the Orquesta de Camara de Valdivia (CHL), Musik landschaft westfalen philharmonie (DE), Penderecki Festival amongst many others as a freelance violist in New York City. As a chamber musician, Daniel has performed in masterclasses/performances at the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center and various festivals abroad. As a soloist, Daniel has presented concerts in Chile, France, and the United States, including an acclaimed international debut with the Orquesta de Camara de Valdivia.

Passionate about education, influenced by the methods of both Ivan Galamian and Karen Tuttle; Daniel has built a methodology for not only teaching the instrument, but for creating a complete artist. In New York City, Daniel runs a successful Private Studio, where he works with students as young as four to older amateur adults whose love for the art is in itself the greatest reward! Daniel has been invited to a guest lecturer and worked with students from Florida International University, Universidad Austral de Chile, Krakow Conservatory and the Juilliard school.

Fascinated by the “non-conventional”, Daniel seeks to explore works by unknown or relatively unknown composers from all eras and to commission new works, expanding the viola repertoire. Daniel frequently premiers works by young composers and has commissioned works by Romanian composer Daniel Manoiu, Chinese-​Canadian composer Yun Fei Jiang, Argentinian composer Nicolas Repetto. In April 2016, Daniel gave the world premiere  of the “Tirana” Viola Concerto written for him by American composer Derek Cooper.

Daniel studied at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP), under Antoine Tamestit; and at the Manhattan School of Music with Daniel Avshalomov, Karen Dreyfus, and Patinka Kopec.

Daniel plays a viola made by the Polish maker, Lukasz Wronski, who is based in New York City.

Artist Biography – Gangspil

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In 2016 after releasing their first album, Gangspil received the “Tradition Award” at the Danish Music Awards (Danish Grammy). Right now their second album is about to be released and excitements are running high! This lively trio performs old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country. From rural islands like Læsø to the metropol Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the famous Island of Fanø, and long forgotten songs from all over the country. An unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road.