Philharmonic to perform Mozart, others on Sunday

Photo provided to the Times Observer Sunday’s Warren Philharmonic Orchestra will be highlighted by Dr. Amber Shay Nicholson’s performance of Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 20.”

It’s not lost on the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra that its next concert is on Mother’s Day.

The Orchestra will present “A Floral Poem” on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Warren.

“This concert is more of a classical concert with some special songs selected by (Musical Director and conductor) Bryan Eckenrode specifically for Mother’s Day,” Brenda Schnick, president of the Warren Phil said.

The highlight of Sunday’s performance will be the performance of Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor” by Dr. Amber Shay Nicholson.

Nicholson holds a D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) in Piano Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She holds permanent professional certification as a teacher of piano from the Music Teachers National Association and is the piano instructor at Rocsato Conservatory of Music in Titusville.

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton The Warren Philharmonic Orchestra will present its third concert of the season - “A Floral Poem” - on Sunday at 4 p.m. at First Lutheran Church.

“Dr. Nicholson lives and teaches in Tidioute, PA with her husband Jeremy and their four children,” Schnick said. “Her husband Jeremy owns King Building Supply in Tidioute.”

Nicholson is the pianist for both the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra and Christ Covenant PCA in Seneca, Pa.

“Additionally, she has performed on many recordings,” Schnick said. “Her latest, ‘Gallery,’ released in March 2024, is a collaboration with Brett Shurtliffe, the Associate Principal Bassist with the Buffalo Philharmonic.”

In addition to this concerto, other selections that the Orchestra will perform on Sunday include “La Clemenza di Tito Overture” by Mozart, “Traumbilder” by H. C. Lumbye, “Songs my Mother Taught Me” by Antonin Dvorak, “Bleeding Hearts (a Floral Poem)” by Sol. P. Levy, “Melpomene Dramatic Overture” by G. W. Chadwick and “Broadway Tonight” arranged by Bruce Chase.

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door starting at 3:15 and are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children 11 and under are free.

For those who can’t make it in person, the concert will be streamed live on the Warren Philharmonic YouTube channel.

This marks the third concert of the season for the Orchestra.

“The orchestra has a lot going on,” Schnick said. “Our summer concert is scheduled for June 27 on Second Avenue by the Fountain and will again feature the students from the Warren County Summer Music School playing alongside the orchestra with additional singers and dancers on some of the selections.

She said that performance will include a bagpipe selection and end with Fourth of July favorites.

“Last year we had over 400 people attend this fun and exciting annual event and we are hoping for more this year,” Schnick said. “Our March concert was also a big success and very well attended.

“We are very lucky to have so many people in Warren County and the surrounding area support the orchestra.”


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