Jay Smar, Traditional American Folk Music on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3:00 P.M.
In the last 6 years, Jay Smar has toured Scotland twice, received recognition from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival twice, recorded music for the Welsh BBC movie, “The Welsh in America” and has been selected by the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour to be on their professional touring roster. Armed with 2 guitars, baritone vocals, claw-hammer banjo, and fiddling, singing, and flat-footin ‘ (a form of clog-dancing), he serves his audience an “acoustic buffet” of traditional American and original folk, old time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes, as well as coal mining songs of Northeast Pennsylvania preceded by their origin.
Barry Hannigan, Piano and Mary Hannigan, Flute on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 3:00 P.M.
Barry Hannigan was recently awarded Emeritus status at Bucknell University, where he retired as the Ellen P. Williams Professor of Music. He made his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1984 and has since received rave reviews in major cities across the United States. Hannigan made his European debut at the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, and has subsequently performed in Russia, England, China, Ireland, Norway, and New Zealand. He is the recipient of many awards and prizes, including those from the Ford, Belin, Surdna, and Presser Foundations. Hannigan has recorded for Opus One, SEAMUS, Seesaw Music, SCI, and Radio Telefis Eireann in Dublin, and has released four solo CDs for Black Canyon Records.
Mary Hannigan – “Some in the near-capacity audience were moved to tears” is Robert Miner’s description of flutist Mary Hannigan’s playing at a performance on the Simply Grand series at NPR affiliate station WVIA in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. She has recorded for S.C.I. and performed widely across the United States as soloist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. She is a member of two performing duos: one with her husband Barry and one with harpist Rebecca Kauffman. She has been a member of the Harrisburg Symphony since 1984.
Jennifer Hoult, Harp on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3:00 P.M.
American harpist Jennifer Hoult has performed throughout the United States and Europe as harp soloist in concert, television, radio, teaching, and workshop appearances. Beginning her study of the harp at age 7, Ms. Hoult appeared as soloist under the baton of Arthur Fiedler at age 15, and gave her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 16. In 1982, she performed the world premiere of composer, harp pedagogue Carlos Salzedo’s Second Harp Concerto. From 1994 – 1996 she toured as the American Harp Society’s solo Concert Artist. In 1995, Artists International presented her solo debut to a capacity house in New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall. Ms. Hoult performs regularly in solo and chamber recitals, symphonic concerts, in studio recordings and on Broadway. She holds degrees in Harp from the Manhattan School of Music, Computer Science and Religion from Barnard College, and Law, magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law. Jennifer lives in New York City and Vermont. For this program, in addition to works for solo harp, she will be joined by Timothy Smith for selections for organ and harp.
All concerts begin at 3:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
All concerts are FREE with a free-will offering to support the series.
Non-Perishable Food Items collected for Safety Net at all concerts.
Everyone is invited to a “meet the artists” reception following each concert.
Concerts are partially supported by grants from The Lackawanna County Council on the Arts.