More than the movies: Mother’s Day concert was filled with love

More than - the movies - Margie Young
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You could feel the love at the Mother’s Day concert at the Dietrich Theater. The Madison String Quartet performance was the perfect way to honor our mothers with classic and new musical expressions. The informal atmosphere was welcoming to all, attracting all ages, from 1 to 81.

“The Madison String Quartet was so accessible to the audience, sharing stories of the composers, talking directly to the audience,” observes Erica Rogler, Dietrich executive director. All four musicians – two violinists, a violist, and a cellist – mesmerized the audience, inspiring standing ovations at the conclusion. Thank you to our anonymous sponsor who brought so much joy and beauty to so many.

At the Dietrich Theater, we are dedicated to bringing the enjoyment of a variety of music to our community and beyond. We believe in making our concerts free or low cost whenever possible. When we do, our attendance doubles or triples, showing there is a real demand for musical entertainment and enrichment. Coming up this summer are so many opportunities for you to come join us for concerts in June, July, and August. So mark your calendars now!.

Coming up at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, Classical Guitar Plays Broadway and More with Jay Steveskey, classical guitarist. Jay returns by popular demand, always bringing us a new musical experience, exploring new arrangements and cultures. In this concert, he will play arrangements of George Gerschwin and Cole Porter, as well as Spanish and Latin American music. This is a free concert sponsored by John P. Keker in memory of Jessie Reppy Keker.

JP Williams Blues Band in Concert comes to the Dietrich at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 24, admission by donation, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock. JP Williams will bring his original songs and those of the great Chicago and Delta Blues artists home to Tunkhannock. Well-known in NEPA, the JP Williams Blues Band is always welcome at the Dietrich Theater.

On River Day Saturday, July 21, from 1 to 7 p.m., Riverside Park in Tunkhannock will be filled with music coming from the pavilion. Retro Rocket, a high fidelity acoustic trio, featuring a harmonious musical blend of Americana and original compositions starts out from 1 to 2:30 p.m.. The Ziegers, Abi and Timothy, perform from 32 to 4 p.m., playing a mix of traditional songs and original compositions, including songs by the Dietrich Jam Along Band Camps. Flatland Ruckus, known for being NEPA’s best country band, with Chris Shrive follows from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with country music and southern rock. Chris was featured last year and is back by popular demand with his band. River Day ends with Hickory Project, returning with its hard-driving traditional and original acoustic music steeped in bluegrass, Celtic, swing and Jazz.

In August, we have Gathering of Singer/Songwriters and a Sunday Hickory Project concert on stage at the Dietrich. I will tell you more about them next week. I will also tell you about summer musical camps and classes at the Dietrich.

Classical music, blues music, country music, folk music, traditional music and original music. Won’t you come and join us for one or more of these free musical events this summer? We would love to see you – soon and often.


More than

the movies

Margie Young

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