Time For Three

Mount Gretna, PA, United States

Mt. Gretna Playhouse

7:30 PM
$5-$29 This concert is open seating by section. Premium Section is the first 10 rows. Standard Section is rows 11-19.

“To hear these three young guys is to be thankful that music was invented.”

This Emmy award-winning, groundbreaking, genre-defying trio resides at the crossroads of multiple sounds: Americana, pop, jazz, and classical music. The result is a rich and delightful rebirth of the various eras, styles, and traditions of Western music as they fold in on themselves and emerge anew. Bonded by an uncommon blend of instruments fused with voices, Charles Yang (violin, vocals), Nicolas “Nick” Kendall (violin, vocals), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass, vocals), have created a unique musical vocabulary that both honors time-tested forms and embraces new possibilities.

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Ranaan

Emmy award winning and gold record artist Ranaan Meyer…

most known as a founding member and performer with Time for Three as well as a double bass educator. Along side Time for Three, Ranaan has performed with many esteemed organizations including Musik Verein, Czech Philharmonic, Shleshwig Holstein Festival, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Night of the Proms Tour, NPR Tiny Desk Concerts, National Anthems at NFL, Nascar, NBA, MLB, and PGA events, International Suzuki Festival, Sofar Sounds Alumnus, and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and National Symphony.

Ranaan spent most of his time developing musically in Philadelphia where he mainly was found playing in all of the local jazz clubs with some of the heavy weights in jazz today. He also is an alumnus of The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Temple Prep, Manhattan School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Ranaan co-founded Time for Three while at Curtis but prior to Time for Three’s demanding touring schedule he spent 10-15 weeks per year performing and touring in the double bass section of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Although his core training was in Classical and Jazz, Ranaan’s curiosity has taken him to multiple genres of music. From a very early age his parents who were professional educators encouraged him to think creatively about everything and anything, and now as a professional musician Ranaan focusses on a philosophy called The Sharing of Knowledge which has lead him to being the founder as well as artistically directing and teaching at the Wabass Institute in Wabash, Indiana and the Utah Symposium for Double Bass in Salt Lake City, Utah (both of which are full scholarship programs for the Double Bass and are funded purely by the generosity of socially conscience philanthropists). Ranaan has also found himself in demand around the world presenting workshops in improvisation, teamwork, and overall outside-the-box learning. He has also recorded on a Michael Jackson gold record and made multiple recordings with NFL films. Ranaan has been commissioned over the years to compose over 50 works and tunes and also writes for the pure joy of music. Currently he is making music with his wife Emily in a duo they call The Rockwins. They both sing and play. And they live right where he started in Southern New Jersey raising two young sons together whom make every day more unique than the next.

Nick

Emmy award winning artist Nick Kendall…

As his multifaceted international career unfolds, Emmy Award winning violinist Nick Kendall reimagines and reinvents how a traditional violin virtuoso can transform the music world without boundaries.

Nick is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed, genre-busting string band Time for Three (TF3)– in addition to his solo concert career. In all his endeavors, he is a restless innovator in shaping how modern audiences perceive, appreciate, and enjoy music and music-making. He co-founded and plays in the artist-driven East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and, in 2020, he became Artist in Residence at New York’s Lincoln Center, where he unveiled the CONTINUUM series in summer 2021.

In his career as a soloist and with TF3 and ECCO, Nick has performed at Carnegie Hall and many of the venues across the Lincoln Center campus in New York City, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Schleswig Holstein Festival outside Hamburg, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, BBC Proms in London, Ravinia Festival, Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Marlboro Music Festival, Sydney Opera House, Hyogo Performing Arts Center outside Osaka, Dvořák Hall at Prague’s Rudolfinum, Hong Kong Cultural Center, and an array of sports arenas across Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Luxembourg as one of the featured artists on the touring super-show “Night of the Proms”.

He has shared the stage with Joshua Bell, Branford Marsalis, Christoph Eschenbach, Joshua Radin, Keith Lockhart, Alisa Weilerstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jake Shimabukuro, Aoife O’Donovan, Marin Alsop, Chris Thile, James Gaffigan, Krzysztof Urbański, Chris Brubeck – who composed a jazz-inspired improvised violin concerto for Nick, Swiss pop/soul star Stefanie Heinzmann, and the legendary Irish rock band Simple Minds.

In 2021, Nick and his TF3 partners wrote and performed the musical score – working virtually, during the Covid-19 pandemic with longtime friend and fellow collaborator, singer songwriter Ben Sollee – for the soundtrack of Land, actress Robin Wright’s feature film debut as a director. Produced by Big Beach, and distributed through Focus Features, Land premiered at the 2021 edition of the Sundance Film Festival.

Emblematic of Nick’s diverse artistic expressions are special projects that include – in addition to original film scoring and recording new music by living composers – co-writing, producing, and performing on pop albums. Besides the Land soundtrack and recording sessions with the Philadelphia Orchestra of new compositions by Jennifer Hidgon and Kevin Puts, Nick also performs on the latest release of R&B superstar Summer Walker’s hit record, “Still Over It” (Interscope, 2021).

Nick’s love for music, which began when he first picked up a violin at the age of three, is rooted in the family tradition: his grandfather – the renowned violin pedagogue John Kendall – brought the Suzuki method from Japan to the United States in the 1960s. Both Nick and his sister, Yumi Kendall, Assistant Principal Cello in the Philadelphia Orchestra, began their music education as Suzuki kids and mastered their professional skills and musicianship at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.

Nick’s commitment to his art and craft, as a communicator and caretaker, goes beyond his work as an active performing artist. Designed to inspire young people to revel in the exhilaration of music making, his programming for young people – Music At Play – renews the teaching tradition of his grandfather while tapping the source of joy he himself discovered in his earliest experiences as a musician.

Nick has brought Music At Play to various communities throughout the United States, including the National Symphony’s 2013-14 season of Young People’s Concerts at the Kennedy Center and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming is a presentation with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the 2022-23 season.

Charles

Recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award and described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star”, Juilliard graduate Charles Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in concert in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. On June 9th of 2005, the Mayor of Austin presented Mr. Yang with his own “Charles Yang Day”.  In 2016 Mr. Yang joined the crossover string-band, Time for Three.

Not only confined to classical violin, Mr. Yang’s improvisational crossover abilities as a violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist have led him to featured performances with a variety of artists in such festivals as The Aspen Music Festival, The Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival, The Ravinia Festival, The Crested Butte Music Festival, The Cayman Arts Festival, The YouTube Music Awards, The Moab Music Festival, TED, Caramoor, The EG Conference, Google Zeitgeist, Interlochen, and onstage at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House, David H. Koch Theater, Dizzy’s and David Rubinstein Atrium; The Long Center, Rudolfinum, The Royal Danish Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Highline Ballroom, Ars Nova, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Forbidden City in Beijing among many others. He has performed in the presence of two former US Presidents, the Queen of Denmark and has shared the stage in collaborations with artists including Peter Dugan, CDZA, Steve Miller, Jesse Colin Young, Jake Shimabukuro, Ray Benson, Michael Gordon, Marcelo Gomes, Savion Glover, Twyla Tharp, Misty Copeland, and Jon Batiste. Mr. Yang recently made his solo debut with Marin Alsop and The Chicago Symphony at The Ravinia Festival. His career has been followed by various news media including The New York Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Financial Times, The Austin-American Statesman, The Austin Chronicle and The Strad. Mr. Yang is featured in Nick Romeo’s book, Driven as well as Discovery Channel’s Curiosity.

Regarding Mr. Yang, The Texas Observer has noted, “Mr. Yang is a true crossover artist, a pioneer who can hop between classical and popular music and bring fresh ideas to fans of both genres. Rather than maintaining an insular focus and simply assuming

that an audience for classical music will always exist, he wants to actively create that audience, to persuade and seduce others into enjoying a type of music as passionately as he does.”

Beer and BBQ

If you live in Gretna, you know Becky Briody, owner of Chef on the Go, is the way to go for your catering needs.  A local brewer will be serving up some tasty choices to complement her delicious menu.  Stop by the playhouse to choose your seats and get direction to the BBQ location.  Food will be served from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  $25.

BBQ BUFFET
Pulled Pork with Slider Rolls, Relish and BBQ Sauce on the side
BBQ Chicken Thighs
Baked Red, Black and White Beans
Grilled Vegetables
Red Peppers, Snap Peas, Zucchini, Acorn Squash
Yellow Squash, Carrots, Green Beans
Cole Slaw
Potato Salad
Fresh Cut Watermelon Chunks

SWEETS    
Chocolate Coconut Bars
Lemon Bars

BEVERAGES
Iced Tea
Lemonade
Water
Ice

Program

The trio will be doing a little bit of everything – classical, rock, Americana, and their own original compositions.

They will perform works selected from the list below, and will announce the selections from the stage.

All the Ways,​ Kendall, Meyer, Rose, Weidema, & Yang, arr. TF3

Amazing Grace, traditional, arr. TF3

Ashokan Farewell, Ungar, arr. TF3 

Banjo Love, De Pue, Hackman, Kendall, & Meyer

Bittersweet Symphony, Ashcroft, arr. TF3 

Black Bird,​ Lennon & McCartney, arr. TF3 

Bradford Commission, De Pue, Kendall, Meyer 

Chaconne in Winter,​ J.S. Bach, arr. Hackman & TF3 

Czardas,​ Monti, arr. TF3

Deanna,​ Kendall, Meyer, & Yang

Déjà vu, Kendall, Meyer, Rose, Weidema, & Yang, arr. TF3

Ecuador, Meyer, arr. TF3 

Eleanor Rigby, Lennon & McCartney, arr. TF3 

Hallelujah,​ Cohen, arr. TF3 

Hide and Seek, Heap, arr. TF3 

In the Dressing Room, Meyer, arr. Meyer & Moose

Jazz Riff, Meyer

Joy, Kendall, Meyer, & Yang

Norwegian Wood,​ Lennon & McCartney, arr. Hackman & TF3

Oh Shenandoah, traditional, ​arr. TF3

Orange Blossom Special, Rouse, arr. TF3

Over, Kendall,Meyer, Rose, Weidema, Yang, arr. TF3

Philly Phunk, Meyer, arr. TF3

Stand by Me, King, Leiber, & Stoller​, arr. TF3

Sunday Morning, Carmichael & Levine, arr. TF3

Sweet Child o’ Mine, Adler, Hudson, McKagan, & Stradlin, arr. TF3

Toxic, Spears, arr. TF3

Vertigo, Hackman

Venue Details

200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Mount Gretna, PA 17064
United States
(717) 361-1508