Costacurta will perform the first movement of Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E Minor.” She is the recipient of the 2013 Tirone Award for Techne Music and received Honorable Mention in 2012 and 2013 in the Voorhees Competition in Allentown. She is a student of Timothy Schwarz and has performed in master classes with David Kim and Domenic Salerni.
McCormick, a senior at Kutztown University, will sing two Mozart arias. She recently sang the role of Gianetta in “L’Elisir d’Amore” with the Berks Opera Workshop and placed first in the “Song and Aria” division of the 2012 Lehigh Valley NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition. She is a student of Trucilla Sabatino.
String players from around the region have been invited to perform with the orchestra. The program will include Bach’s “Orchestral Suite No. 3” and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”
For further info: 610-683-4550
The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble is hosting “Museum of Music,” an educational puppet show on the evolution of classical music, on Saturday at 11 a.m., at the Sovereign Majestic Theater, 208 N. Centre St., Pottsville, Schuylkill Co.
The free event is presented by the Mock Turtle Marionette Theater and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra. The show includes eight large puppets, costumed as instrumentalists and operated by Mock Turtle’s Doug Roysdon, and professional musicians of the Sinfonia, who perform and interact with the puppets. Children will hear examples of jazz, opera, and Hungarian, Russian, German, Spanish, Latin and American compositions. A puppet-making session will follow the presentation.
For further info: sovereignmajestic.com
The 10th annual Frank Scott Memorial Art Show, “The Art of Jazz,” opens Friday through March 27, at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St., Reading. The Berks Arts Council juried exhibition, themed “Celebrate Jazz,” is a prelude to the 24th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, March 28-April 6. An artists’ reception and awards presentation will be held Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Juror is Dennis Danko of Alburtis, Lehigh Co., arts educator and musician (bassist). He is an adjunct photography professor at Northampton Community College and affiliate director of the National Scholastic Art Awards. He is retired as department chair of art and music at Dieruff High School in Allentown. Danko is the recipient of a 2002 Allentown Arts Commission Arts Ovation Award for Visual Arts.
For further info: berksarts.org
The world premiere, “Ukioy-e,” by Bethlehem composer Dr. Larry Lipkis of Moravian College, will be performed by Satori on Sunday at 3 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem. A reception will follow.
“Ukioy-e” is a trio in three movements, written for flute, cello and piano, based on impressions of Japan’s famous woodcut tradition and the artistic world it represents. The movements are named Teahouse, Jasmine Moon and Kabuki. According to Lipkis, it translates as “pictures of a floating world,” referring to the genre of woodblock prints and paintings from the Edo period in Japan (17th to 19th centuries). Satori musicians will be Nora Suggs, flute, Deborah Davis, cello and Martha Schrempel, piano.
For further info: concertseries.uuclvpa.org
Lehigh Valley community theater veteran JoAnn Wilchek Basist makes her directorial debut with Federico Garcia Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba,” opening tonight at 7:30 and running through Tuesday, at the Norman Roberts Lab Theatre in Kopecek Hall at Northampton Community College.
Admission is free, with donation of non-perishable canned goods to benefit the local food bank, or a donation to the theater scholarship fund.
For further info: northampton.edu/publicevents