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First Listen

Gretna Music’s First Listen is a series of pre-concert mini-concerts (about 20 minutes long) by our area’s most talented youths. The series offers students the chance to perform for a friendly audience and to interact with the professional musicians backstage. It is free for all to attend. The Playhouse opens 15 minutes before First Listen performances and you can sit wherever you like. If you plan to stay to attend the main concert, you will need to purchase a ticket.

2023 Season First Listen Artists:


Sunday, June 18, 6:45 PM


Sunday, July 2, 2:30 PM


Sunday, July 9, 6:45 PM


Sunday, July 23, 6:45 PM


Sunday, July 30, 6:45 PM

Amaryn Olmeda and Parker van Ostrand

Sunday, August 13, 6:45 PM

A First Listen First! Our mainstage musicians are both teens. Join them on stage to answer questions on what it’s like to be rising stars in the classical world at such a very young age.

David Graff, marimba

Sunday, August 27, 6:45 PM

David Graff, percussion, is a junior at Lebanon Valley College where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an instrumental concentration in percussion performance, under the tutelage of Dr. Matt Keown. At LVC, David performs with the Pride of the Valley Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble. David has performed throughout central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Lancaster Marimba Ensemble.


Sunday, September 3, 2:30 PM


Sunday, September 10, 2:30 PM