Williamsport Music Club presents Spring Gala

The Williamsport Music Club will present its annual Spring Gala at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, on stage in the Robert M. Sides Family Music Center auditorium, 201 Mulberry St. The program is free and open to the public.

The gala will feature a special performance by the 2014 Budd Scholarship recipient selected as a result of competitive auditions. The Budd Scholarship award will be presented by Marilyn Burget and Doris Teufel, co-chairpersons. The Williamsport Music Club Budd Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, is awarded to a Lycoming County high school senior planning to pursue a career in music. This year’s winner is Jesse Thompson, a violinist since the age of 8 years old and a student at Williamsport Area High School. Thompson is graduating early in order to dedicate a year to practicing his instrument as preparation to audition for Juilliard School in New York City, N.Y. Thompson will perform the “Allegro Moderato” from the Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Opus 22, by Henryk Weiniawski.

Kristen Ivers, gala chairperson, is a licensed Kindermusik educator and an instructor in voice and piano. Ivers will has planned a wide-ranging program to include many musicians who will appear for the first time at the Williamsport Music Club Spring Gala. The program includes the Williamsport Youth Choir; Theodore Lentz, on the euphonium; the Loyalsock High School cast from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”; Kayla Furman, on the bassoon; Nathan Fulkerson, tenor; and Ivers, soprano.

The Williamsport Youth Choir, under the direction of Emily Wertz, will begin the program with three selections: “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” arranged by Valerie Showers Crescenz; “American Folk Rhapsody,” by Linda Spevacek, featuring Faith Mihalick as soloist; and “The Dream Keeper,” by Rollo A. Dilworth. The Williamsport Youth Choir is an affiliate of the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra.

Lentz will perform “Allegro Moderato” from the Marceau Symphonique by Alexander Gilman, accompanied by Ivers. Lentz, a Sayre native, holds and bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Mansfield University, where he performs solo and ensemble work. He also has appeared locally with the Williamsport Trombone Consortium and the Billtown Brass.

Exerpts from “Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented by the Loyalsock Township High School student cast, which includes Mikela Hoffman as Tzeitel; Anna Hoffman as Hodel; Kira Hunter as Chava; Jessi Burdett as Shprintze; and Jenny Heilmann as Bielke. They will be directed by Lee Saville-Iksic, on the piano.

Furman will play “Movement No. 2: Strimpellata” from E. Wolf Ferrari’s Suite-Concertino in F, Opus No. 16. Furman will be accompanied by Ivers on piano. Furman hold’s a bachelor’s degree in music education from Mansfield University. She teaches private woodwind lessons at Robert M. Sides and plays in various community performing ensembles, often serving as a pit musician for various local musical theater productions.

Fulkerson will wing “Mein” from the song cycle “Die Schone Mullerin” by Franz Schubert, accompanied by Ivers on piano. Fulkerson also is a graduate of Mansfield University. He teaches private voice lessons, is involved with musical theater and is a member of the Williamsport Chamber Choir.

The concert will close with a tenor-soprano duet feature Ivers and Fulkerson, who will sing “Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro)” by F. Sartori. They will be accompanied by Diane Peeling on piano.