It my most sincere pleasure hereby to announce that my collaboration with composers from around the world and performing contemporary music by Nimrod Borenstein, Jennifer Higdon, David Finko, Ben Steinberg, Daniel Dorff, Sidney Grolnic, Eleonor Sigal, Andrea Clearfield, Eugene Magalif, Cynthia Folio, Michael Shingo Crawford, Victor Frost and many more as well as compositions by Scandinavian composers, these master-minds inspired me to develop and soon launch:
‘THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS MUSIC FESTIVAL OF NORTH AMERICA’
Look out for more information on the Centre Theater’s website and apply to have your works performed, premiered or world-premiered.
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 – Gangspil
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.
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.
On November 3rd at 3:00pm, the Independence String Ensemble presents a concert on the First Sunday Concert Series at the Centre Theater in Norristown (208 DeKalb St, Norristown, PA 19401). The violin and cello duo is performing an exciting program which includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Handel-Halvorsen, Mozart, Frank Sinatra, and more! Admission is free, and donations are appreciated. For more information, contact Steve Kramer at 610-710-6100 or visit the ensemble’s website at www.independencestringensemble.com.
Read about the event on the Times Herald website by following this link.
Director of Music, Steve Kramer and his internationally acclaimed ensemble, The Rachmaninov Duo, with Alexander Ramirez at the Piano, will perform masterworks by German, French and Russian composers and local Philadelphia composers.
The calm before the storm! It actually did rain just as the event was getting started, but ‘Ol Blue Eyes was looking down on us and the clouds made way for a great evening of Sinatra & Cigars, and new friends made. Up next … Cigars & Sushi?
Please take a moment to tell Norristown Council members that these are the types of events we host, at no charge, because it is the right thing to do for the community. If an amusement tax is levied on local venues, chances are good we may no longer be able to do this.
“I contend that for a nation (municipality) to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”
We’re quickly filling up dates in our new theater space, so we thought it was about time to start sending out dates and times for upcoming shows. If you haven’t seen the new space, take a look below for a little preview of what awaits you at the new Centre Theater! Please check out our Facebook page here. As we get closer to each of the dates we’ll be updating that page with ticket information.
So, without further ado…
April 7 – First Sundays with Mr. Steve Kramer … Doors 2 p.m.
April 12 – Danavia … Doors 7 p.m.
April 13 – Comedy Night with Bob Levy … Doors 7 p.m.
April 18 – Lets Link L8R Open Mic Night … Doors 7 p.m.
April 20 – Rotation Records presents Trey Day … Doors 7 p.m.
May 4 – Rotation Records presents … (TBD) Doors 7 p.m.
May 5 – First Sundays with Mr. Steve Kramer … Doors 2 p.m.
May 10 – Sinatra & Cigars … Doors 7 p.m.
May 11 – The Allen Reynolds Band … Doors 7 p.m.
May 16 – Lets Link L8R Open Mic Night … Doors 7 p.m.
May 17-19 – The Peregrine Project … Doors 7 p.m.
May 31 – Rotation Records presents … Sons of Silver … Doors 7 p.m.
And, coming in June … Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Filling the theater with new and exciting acts and maintaining the space is hard! We appreciate all of our donors and encourage everyone to please give a little extra if they can! #SupportTheArts by clicking here.
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