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Market Square Concerts Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | May 7, 2012 4:49 PM


Market Square Concerts has been presenting world-class chamber music concerts in the area for three decades now.  Founded by Lucy Miller Murray, the concert series began performing at the Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg over 30 years ago.

The anniversary will be celebrated in a special, non-subscription concert on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 pm at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center, HACC.

Performers will include Market Square Concerts directors, violinist Peter Sirotin and pianist Ya-Ting Chang, as well as soprano Sarah Wolfson, winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, pianist Renate Rohlfing, and the Mendelssohn Piano Trio (which is made up of directors Sirotin and Chang along with their partner, cellist Fiona Thompson).

The program will include the romantic Sonata in A Major for violin and piano by Brahms, the colorful Piano Trio by Ravel, and the world premiere of songs by Harrisburg native Jeremy Gill, Jake Heggie (composer of the operas Dead Man Walking and Moby Dick), and Paul Moravec (winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Music).

The texts for the new works are poems written by Lucy Miller Murray. The works were commissioned by Concert Artists Guild with support from Martin and Lucy Murray in honor of Market Square Concerts' 30th anniversary season. The concert will be followed by a champagne toast in honor of Market Square Concerts' 30th Anniversary. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 214-ARTS or visiting online.

We sat down to chat with founder Lucy Miller Murray, former executive and artistic director Ellen Hughes, and the new directors Peter Sirotin and Ya-Ting Chang. You can listen to the conversation and a bit of musical performance below, or check out the video of Peter and Ya-Ting performing the finale of the Brahms Violin Sonata in A Major live in the witf studio. Lucy Miller Murray is the page-turner.

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