It has occurred to me recently that the greater Harrisburg area is well endowed with fine musicians … both resident and those who hail from this area and have made their names on the national scene. Two of those musicians are Jonathan Hays and Jeremy Gill who are the guest artists for our next Music at Pine Street program on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. The program is a benefit concert for Downtown Daily Bread, our ministry to feed the poor and hungry of the central city.
Jonathan Hays is well known to members of Pine Street Church, having grown up in this congregation and singing in all its choirs during that time. He took the idea of singing seriously from the time he was in high school and wisely used the resources of Lebanon Valley College and Professor Phillip Morgan to get his vocal study off on a solid footing. Moving on through higher education he distinguished himself in his academic career at both the Hart School of Music in Hartford and later at Yale University. Leaving the confines of academia, Jonathan established an international career as a singer of both opera and lieder … a career that took him to such widely diverse places as New York, Los Angeles, Capetown, South Africa, and on to South America as well. In the past few years, he has diversified his career and become both performer and teacher. He currently has classes of studio students at Susquehanna University, Dickinson College and Brooklyn College in New York City, while maintaining selected involvement in the world of performance. He has found an intense interest in newly composed music for the voice and is active in the performance of new works as often as the opportunity arises.
Jeremy Gill is also a native of Harrisburg, studying both oboe and composition locally during his youth. Further study took him for his B.Mus. degree at the Eastman School and later to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he received the PhD. degree in musical composition. Jeremy uses Philadelphia as a base for his work, and is involved in both composition and conducting. Before leaving academia to devote himself to a free-lance career, he had obtained the post of associate professor of music at Temple University where he taught for several years.
Both these talented young Central Pennsylvanians find time to work together in performing Mr. Gill’s challenging and exciting new music. Thus, the concert for May 11 includes Mr. Gill’s new song cycle, “Helian”. The duo recorded this new work recently and it has received high critical acclaim. We hope you will enjoy the performance and the excitement of hearing a recently composed work. Just in case you would enjoy something more traditional, Beethoven’s only song cycle, “An die ferne geliebte” will open the program followed by a set of four songs by Johannes Brahms. Mixing old and new always creates an interesting tension between past and present, and this is sure to be a wonderful musical experience.
As a fund raiser for Downtown Daily Bread, no admission will be charged, but we will receive a free-will offering … please bring your check book and your generosity! Your donations will go to a ministry that has fed central city people in need for over thirty years … every day of every year!
For your convenience, the South Street Garage will be open and parking there is free that evening. Child care will be provided. Please come and join us here at Pine Street for this unusual and exciting concert.