The 2011/2012 Musicale Series will be announced September 1, 2011


Cumberland Valley School of Music
Festival of Musicales Series



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            The Cumberland Valley School of Music will present a special series of five musicales this year, each featuring a beautiful setting, good food, excellent company, and wonderful music.  Rooted in the European custom of Salon or Chamber concerts, the CVSM musicales feature gatherings of a small number of musicians performing together in private homes.  They promote an intimacy for both performer and listener that is not available in a larger concert hall setting.  This season, four of the musicales will be presented on Sunday afternoons, and one on a Saturday.  Tickets can be purchased for individual musicales, or at a discount for the entire series.



The first in the series offers a rare opportunity to hear  “Two Tenors – Father & Son” on Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 pm at the home of Jerry and Mary Jo Kowallis, 6684 Congressional Terrace, Fayetteville, PA.  Their beautiful contemporary home boasts a glass roof, open floor plan, and striking furnishings.  This musicale will present father and son tenors Jerry and Tod Kowallis accompanied by pianist Brian Helman in a program of opera and Broadway, including a Mario Lanza medley.  Jerry has performed extensively including featured roles at Allenberry Playhouse, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Trinity Players, and Mercersburg Area Community Chorus.  Tod has sung with the Sarasota Opera, Treasure Chest Opera, New Jersey Opera, and the San Francisco Opera.   Both Jerry and Tod are highly sought after soloists, but this is a rare opportunity to hear them perform together!  Refreshments for this musicale will be prepared by Chef Michael Mahr.






“An Elegant Christmas” on Sunday, December 19 at 3:00 pm is a very special musicale hosted by Hank and Jan Guarriello at their magnificent  home at 373 Craig Road, Greencastle, PA.  The Christmas decorations alone are breathtaking, and the food promises to be exceptional.  Music will be provided by the renowned Eaken Piano Trio, performing Christmas favorites, joined for several numbers by heralded soprano Elisabeth Turchi in their first ever collaboration!  The Eaken Trio (violinist John Eaken, cellist Andrew Rammon, pianist Gloria Whitney) have toured all over the world, and their recordings have been nominated for several Grammys.  Lisa Turchi has performed in Europe, NYC, Washington, DC and last Christmas premiered a new work with legendary composer and jazz pianist Dave Brubeck.  It is hard to imagine a better way to celebrate the holidays. 







 “Almost Mardi Gras” on Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 pm is being hosted by Gene and Sally Herritt at their beautiful open home at 206 Walnut Dale Drive, Shippensburg, featuring the Capitol Dixieland Band (Lynn Lerew, trombone; Tim Gotwald, saxophone; Bob Steiner, clarinet; Jan Sulcove, trumpet; Bill Wilson, tuba; Sam Hepfer, drums) AND New Orleans blues from singer-guitarist Mitch Morrill and violinist Scott Matlock.  Just days after Mardi Gras, this will be a wonderful party celebration!






         “CVSM Variety Hour” on Saturday, April 9, at 7:00 pm will be at the beautiful new home of Garry and Vicki Gontz, 145 Summer Breeze Lane, Chambersburg.  Built in 2006, it features an open layout, cathedral ceiling and screened in porch and many whimsical and musical decorations including a collection of harmonicas.  Inspired by the Gontz’s own artistic passions - Garry is an accomplished keyboard player and Vicki is an actress, director and playwright – we will present the CVSM Variety Hour,  with Dick Shoap as emcee.  There will be songs and sketches and lots of fun.  Joining our cast will be singing actor Lee Merriman Broadway), singer-guitarist Tresa Paul (music from the '60s), and Valerie Merriman at the keyboard, with special guest David King, who has had a vibrant career performing Elvis Presley songs in venues around the country, including performances with many of Elvis’ original band members in the legendary Jordanaires(Tresa Paul and Garry Gontz have both performed as members of David King’s band in years past and will accompany him here.)





            “Vibrant Serenity” Musicale will be held on Sunday, May 22, at 3:00 pm at the home of Doug and Alice Wagner, 2259 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg.  As you cross the small bridge over the Falling Spring Stream into the property of Doug and Alice Wagner, there is a large rock engraved with “Serenity,” surrounded by mature willow trees, a bubbling stream and green, lush grass.  The house is large and open with an exposed two-story staircase, beautiful woodwork, vibrant wall colors, eclectic (and wonderful) art work, and even burlap curtains in the breakfast nook.  The large covered patio sits amidst beautiful landscaping which promises to be very colorful in May.  Our music will be provided by Jody Messich (keyboard) and Nancy Messich (vocals and drums), joined by Tim Gotwald (flute and sax).  This trio will provide smooth jazz, some Caribbean influenced music complete with steel drum, and even a little Jimmy Buffett.


Tickets for musicales are $45 per person, except for the special Christmas musicale at the Guarriello’s which is $65.  Tickets for the series of five musicales may be purchased for a discounted price of $220 per person.  All musicales include refreshments and wine and non-alcoholic beverages.  Advance reservations are required.  All proceeds help support the Cumberland Valley School of Music, a non-profit member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, teaching music and drama in Chambersburg, Waynesboro, and Mercersburg, PA and Hagerstown, MD. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Cumberland Valley School of Music at 717-261-1220 or visit their website at














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