Philharmonic performance on Mother’s Day, May 14, at First Lutheran Church

Bryan Eckenrode, musical director and conductor of the Warren Philharmonic, will lead the musicians in a concert entitled “Dedication” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day), at the First Lutheran Church located at the corner of Third Street and East Street, Warren.

Selections for this performance include “Running Off the Rails” by Clive Richardson; “Dance Rhythms for Orchestra 0pus 58” by Wallingford Riegger; “Two Sketches for Orchestra” by Clare Grundman; “Festive Overture” by Dmitri Shostakovich; and the “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra #3 in C minor Opus 37” by Ludwig von Beethoven.

The soloist for this concert is Amber Shay Nicholson, who currently resides in Tidioute. Before returning to her home state of Pennsylvania, Dr. Nicholson was a member of the keyboard faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi from 2004-2009. She taught piano at Slippery Rock University for the 2012-2013 academic year. Dr. Nicholson has teaching experience in private applied piano lessons, class piano, piano literature, chamber music, accompanying, and healthy piano technique. She has taught and coached students of all ages and levels, from beginners through advanced students, from children through adults. In addition to private in-person studio lessons, Dr. Nicholson also offers Skype coaching sessions to advanced students. During her time at USM, other independent piano teachers in the Southeast sought her out regularly for lessons and coaching. Prior to 2004, Dr. Nicholson ran a successful private studio in Rochester, N.Y.

The performance by Amber Shay Nicholson is made possible by a donation from the family of Cynthia Suzanne Prichard Decker. Cynthia began her piano studies with Lillian Larson of the Warren Conservatory at age 6. She played oboe and clarinet with the Warren Civic Orchestra under conductor Harry Summers from 1956-1958.

Tickets will be sold at the door. Prices are $10.00 for adults (ages 19-59); $5.00 for seniors (age 60 plus); $5.00 for students (ages 12-18); and children ages 11 and under admitted free. For more information or advance tickets, call (814) 723-2027.

This project is made possible through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. It is funded by the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual legislative appropriation, and administrated locally by the Arts Council of Erie, Inc. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The orchestra, a nonprofit 501c(3) organization is additionally funded through private and corporate sponsorships including the Barbara Baldwin Defrees Foundation, Community Foundation of Warren County, Conarro Family Foundation, Betts Foundation, United Refining Company, and Blair.