Violin Concertos Open Philomel's Season

Posted: November 23, 1995

The baroque ensemble Philomel opens its 20th anniversary season with a program highlighted by concertos for four violins from a Vivaldi collection titled L'Estro Armonico.

Joining the ensemble for these rarely performed works will be guest violinists Elizabeth Blumenstock and Lisa Weiss from San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

Philomel violinists Nancy Wilson and David Myford will join Blumenstock and Weiss for the concertos. Also on the program will be Franz Benda's The Flute Concerto in E minor with Philomel's co-artistic director Elissa Berardi as soloist.

"It's unusual to have four soloists in the same concerto," said Berardi. ''They will perform as a powerful group of high solo virtuosic voices, sometimes split off into dueling pairs, and even provide a virtuosic display for one violin, which is the more traditional presentation."

Philomel, which performs music of the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments, plans five programs this season. The opening program is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakland Avenue and Pine Street, Doylestown Borough, and for 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Willow Grove Avenue and St. Martin's Lane, Chestnut Hill.

Admission is $19 for preferred seating for adults and $15 for preferred seating for senior citizens and students; $15 for general admission for adults and $11 for general admission for senior citizens and students. For ticket availability, call Upstages Box Office at 215-893-1145. For subscription sales, call 215-248-9339.

"PRINCESS AND THE PEA." Storybook Musical Theatre is presenting Princess and the Pea, an original musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's tale about a magical pea that helps in the search for a princess bride.

Children will discover that looks can be deceiving in this production, which will run through Dec. 3 in Jenkintown.

The story is adapted by Patricia Goldberg of Abington, the artistic director of Storybook Musical Theatre. Music and lyrics are by Kevin Arruda of Philadelphia.

Performances are at 10:15 a.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $6.50, with group rates available. The play will be performed at Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane. Reservations are recommended by calling 215-659-8550.

CHILDREN'S THEATER. Children will be treated to a double feature when the Make Believe Players present Cinderella and The Gingerbread Man this weekend at the Phillips Mill Theatre on River Road, two miles north of New Hope.

The stories have been adapted for the stage by Marilyn Gerold of Solebury, who also wrote the music. For The Gingerbread Man, Gerold created a hillbilly version of a gingerbread man being chased through the countryside. Gerold's daughter, Susan Hewitt of Newtown Township, is codirector and performs in both plays.

Performances are at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $3 and must be reserved by calling 215-862-5496.

"TREASURE ISLAND." The adventure and danger of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is being brought to the stage by the Cheltenham Center for the Arts. The pirate tale, which will run Wednesday through Dec. 17, is being directed by Ken Marini of Cheltenham, artistic director of the center.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, with matinees at 2 Sundays. There also is a 7 p.m. performance on Dec. 3.

Free child care, by reservation, will be available during the Friday and Saturday evening performances and Sunday matinee performances. Children from 3 to 9 years old can listen to stories and make projects during the child-care program.

Tickets are $17 to $21 with discounts for senior citizens and students and half-price tickets for children from 10 to 16. The center is at 439 Ashbourne Rd.

This production is the first in a series of Family Fest activities, designed to expand the center's programming for children and families. Family Fest was made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation. For more information, call 215-379-4660.

BARN STUDIO GALLERY. More than 200 paintings, drawings and serigraphs will fill the Barn Studio Gallery in Plumstead for the "Holiday Art Exhibit," which opens tomorrow.

The work of five artists will be on display, including the serigraphs and watercolors of Anita Gronendahl, who operated the gallery until her death in January 1994.

Also included in the exhibit are the watercolors of Heidi Bergmann of Doylestown Township and Carol Cymbor of Langhorne, the pastels of Helena van Emmerik-Finn of Doylestown, and the pastels, watercolors, oils and graphite drawings of Susan Ketcham of Pipersville.

A free opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow. The show will continue from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 17. The Barn Studio Gallery, a converted 18th-century barn, is on the Gronendahl Farm, 4783 Landisville Rd. For more information, call 215-348-8943.

WINDY BUSH GALLERY. Inspired by his travels through the Southwest, Glenn D. Harren of Holicong has created a collection of oils and pastels that are on display at the Windy Bush Gallery in Solebury through Dec. 24.

About 20 of Harren's works, including some of Bucks County, have been selected for the solo exhibit. A number of them are 6 by 8 feet. Last year, Harren received awards from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Cheltenham Center for the Arts.

His exhibit can be seen from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays (except today) at the gallery, 239 Windy Bush Rd. For more information, call 215-862-0714.

Neighbors welcomes news about art and entertainment in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Send information, with a phone number for verification, to Valerie Reed, Bucks County Neighbors, 830 Town Center Dr., Langhorne, Pa. 19047.

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