Easterly Chamber Players will present a recital
LOCK HAVEN — The Easterly Chamber Players will present a recital to benefit the Friends of the Pipes at Great Island, on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Great Island Presbyterian Church, 12 W. Water St.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door. Parking is available beside the church in the church-owned lot.
The Easterly Chamber Players are friends who are individually active as performers and teachers and who enjoy exploring and performing chamber music together.
“I am excited to have a talented trio like the Easterly Chamber Players play in the recital series. I am so grateful for their willingness to give of their time to help our pipe organ restoration fundraiser,” said Christina Frank, concert organizer. “Lock Haven is truly fortunate.”
Diane Gold Toulson, is principal flute of the Altoona, Nittany Valley and York symphony orchestras. She teaches at The Music Academy in State College and formerly at Bucknell University. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Columbia University, she has performed in recitals throughout the United States and Europe, given master classes, and been a frequent performer at the National Flute Association’s national conventions. As a member of the Huntingdon Trio, she was involved in more than 40 commissions, and more recently she has been active in the flute/clarinet duos consortium, which commissions new works for flute, clarinet and piano.
Smith Toulson retired recently as Professor of Clarinet at the Penn State University School of Music, where he was a member of the Pennsylvania Quintet, the faculty wind chamber ensemble. A graduate of the University of Illinois and Yale University, he has performed extensively in orchestras and as a soloist and chamber musician locally and on tours in the U.S. and internationally. He is currently principal clarinet in the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and the Nittany Valley Symphony, for which he also serves as assistant conductor. In 2003, he was a principal performer in a Debussy seminar at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and in 2004 in a seminar on the works of Francis Poulenc. He is also active in commissioning new works as a member of the Flute/Clarinet Consortium.
Anne Sullivan, a harpist, began her concert career at age 12 when she appeared twice as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is known nationally as a recitalist and chamber musician, performing regularly with SPARX flute and harp duo, Duo Parisienne violin and harp duo, and the Easterly Chamber Players. She is harp instructor at the University of Delaware and Swarthmore College, and is founder and director of Harp in the Mountains Summer Festival. She has released two solo CDs as well as four chamber music recordings.
Sullivan was a member of the music theory faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music from 1982 to 2002. She is the author and arranger of numerous works for harp and has published a series of ear training books specifically for the harp student. She presents workshops to harpists across the country. Her podcasts, articles, blog, downloadable courses and sheet music are online at harpmastery.com.
The program will include works from the Baroque, Romantic and 20th-century style periods and will include an arrangement by Sullivan of the English tune “Greensleeves.”
Notable pieces to be heard are Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, and Rutter’s “Three American Miniatures.”