Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday at the Mill

It may have been one of the hottest performances at the Glen Allen Mill in recent memory - not just because of the playing: Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir of Florence" sizzled for any number of reasons but it didn't lack for fireworks in case any one was expecting the 1812 Overture to end this summer concert, instead.

But there's one more performance at the mill - Sunday afternoon at 4pm - and the forecast is supposed to be "cooler" than Saturday's near-record high of 95° (though one thermometer in the vicinity of the mill was unofficially reading 98°), somplete with a mind-boggling heat index of 103°. According to some, it could be "around 90°" while other sources say "92°" on Sunday and by comparison to Saturday's temperature, that's definitely cooler (it's all relative).

The heat frustration didn't seem to dampen the players' enthusiasm or the listeners' enjoyment.

The Fry Street String Quartet is back for their 7th season with Market Square Concerts' SummerMusic and they were joined Saturday night by oboist Gerard Reuter and by Harrisburg Symphony musicians Peter Sirotin, the orchestra's associate concertmaster (playing viola in this performance), and principal cellist Fiona Thompson.

On Sunday, pianist Stuart Malina, music director and conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony, who'll perform the Oboe Sonata by Camille Saint-Saens with Gerard Reuter as well as Beethoven's C Minor Piano Trio (Op. 1, No. 3) and the Piano Quintet by Robert Schumann with the quartet.

The Glen Allen Mill is located on McCormick Road between Bowmansdale and Lisburn: From Rt. 15 South, take Rossmoyne Rd exit, turn left at light – continue on Rossmoyne Rd to Lisburn Rd – turn right onto Lisburn Rd – a few hundred yards later, bear right at the fork onto Arcona Rd – follow Arcona Rd until it dead ends at McCormick Rd – turn left onto McCormick Rd – the Mill is ¼ mile ahead on the right. Parking is in the meadow behind the Mill – follow the road over the creek – the entrance is on the right.

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