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July 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:35 pm
First Listen, 2:30 pm: All 4 Cello Quartet
Owen Li, Pietro Romussi, Nathaniel Tom, and Deana Yuan, cello
Eric Schweingruber and Darin Kelly, trumpet; Karen Schubert, horn; Paul Arbogast, trombone; Brian Brown, tuba
Philadelphia’s shiniest new brass quintet is led by Mt. Gretna native and veteran of over 600 performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eric Schweingruber. Eric and his talented friends will fill the playhouse with the sounds of patriotic favorites and good old-fashioned Americana.
Members of Timberdale Brass have played together in brass sections and small ensembles for decades throughout the Northeastern US, including with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Delaware Symphony and Philly Pops, as well as with many of the region’s leading opera, ballet and chamber orchestras. In the midst of the pandemic, these five musicians gathered together, determined to bring live music to a city where it had nearly ceased. What happened was something special: instant musical chemistry amongst great friends, playing toe-tapping standards from the Great American Songbook, red-hot jazz, and familiar tunes from the silver screen. The musicians cherished every moment, and audiences enjoyed each tune and note played. Something musically contagious had happened.
Tonight’s program will include popular tunes from the early 20th century, eclectic tunes from our own time, plus patriotic favorites, classical pops, and good old-fashioned Americana. Many of Timberdale Brass’ arrangements are by their own member Darin Kelly, and are unique to the ensemble.
Individual selections will be announced from the stage.
- Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got that Swing
- George Gershwin, I’ve Got Rhythm
- Manning Sherwin, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
- Isham Jones, It Had to Be You
- Turner Layton, After You’ve Gone
- Patrick Abbey, China Forbes, and Thomas M. Lauderdale, Hang On, Little Tomato
- Various composers, Armed Forces Medley
- John Philip Sousa, The Stars and Stripes Forever
This concert is generously sponsored by Paul and Irena Merluzzi.
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First Listen are free pre-concert mini-performances by our area’s most talented youth musicians. We partner with the Women’s Symphony Association of Lancaster to present finalists from their Young Artists Competition on our First Listen series. They occur before most of our Sunday concerts. Please check each concert page for more details.
Parking is Free
Parking guards will be around to assist you. Handicapped parking in front and behind the playhouse is limited.
Restrooms can be found in the lower level of the Playhouse, entered from outside. There is also a single handicapped-friendly restroom stage right (if you are looking at the stage, it is to the left).
Rain or Shine
Performances are rain or shine. If extreme weather causes a change in the status of a performance, an announcement will be posted on our home page and sent via email to all ticket buyers with details on rescheduling or cancellation, and ticket exchange or refund policy.
What to Wear
Come as you please with attire suitable for the temperature. The Playhouse is covered but open on the sides. Big ceiling fans ease the heat on hot, summer days.
In addition to the eateries in and around Mt. Gretna, the Playhouse also has a concession stand! We sell various drinks and snacks, such as water, coffee drinks, soda, and candy, both before the performance and during intermission. The inviting smell of our delicious popcorn is a staple of our performance nights in the playhouse!