SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — The Von Storch Quartet, with its repertoire of relaxed yet swinging instrumental and vocal stylings, will perform in the sixth show of the 2016 Lakeside Wednesday Concerts series at 6 p.m. July 27 at Hillside Park. Bill Carter, founder and leader of the Presbybop Quartet and pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit, will also be featured.
Presented by the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB), admission to all concerts in the series is free, thanks to volunteer management and sponsorship from local media organizations and businesses. A variety of genres is scheduled for the 11-week family-friendly series unfolding throughout the summer – from indie to jazz and classics through the decades.
The Von Storch Project, started by Joe Cole and Barbara Cohen, has been part of the local music scene since 2010. Named for the street they live on, the group began as a duo but soon evolved to a trio, adding the horn virtuosity of Julian Sparacino. They later evolved into a quartet with the addition of Bob Velez, master of the clave’ and Latin percussion.
Carter is a busy freelance pianist, recording artist, and clinician in NEPA, where he makes his home. He has taught jazz piano and jazz history at Marywood University for the past 15 years. Over the course of his career, he has performed with Phil Woods, Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Knepper, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Holober, Sherrie Maricle, and David Liebman, among others.
The park, located on State Route 307 (Winola Road), adjacent to both Clarks Summit State Hospital and the Abington Senior Center, is handicapped-welcoming. Concert-goers should bring a picnic blanket or chair and are invited to stop by early to explore the walking trails and other park amenities. Attendees can bring a canned good donation for the Dalton Food Pantry and enjoy canoeing on the lake. Although tailgating and picnicking is welcome, food will also be available for purchase from concert vendors.