Upcoming Harriman-Jewell Performances

Pipers, songbirds and cellists will be gracing the Harriman-Jewell spring lineup. The concert series boasts talent and diversity with musicians such as Ye-Eun Choi and Edgar Moreau.

This is a Harriman-Jewell series breakdown for the musically illiterate. Knowing the difference between soprano and mezzo-soprano is not essential—the Series brings a musical experience that can be appreciated by all.

“We’ve got a piper down!” If you understood the movie reference pat yourself on the back and treat yourself to The Band of Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards coming Feb. 15. Tickets are available for reservation Feb. 8.

The pipers and drummers of the Scots Guard are primarily infantry soldiers who specialize in explosives among other operations for practical deployment use. The soldiers receive their musical training at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming in Edinburgh. Most members of the group are also educated in Highland dancing. They will be performing dances such as the Highland Fling and the Single Swords.

Joining the Scots Guards is The Band of the Royal Marines which has an extensive history and has come a long way from a few drummers conveying combat signals on the battlefield. The Band now consists of six bands. Their impressive ensemble includes pristine white hats and uniforms with tassels abound.

Emmanuel Ax and Itzhak Perlman; photo by Chandler Eaton
Emmanuel Ax and Itzhak Perlman; photo by Chandler Eaton

Next on the docket is Ye-Eun Choi, a 26-year-old, South Korean violinist. She has played international concerts since the age of 10 with renowned orchestras. In 2013, Choi won the European Culture Award for New Artists. The “Pittsburg Gazette” reviews her as having “a lush, beautiful sound and impressive technical facility.” Pull out that fancy outfit that hasn’t been worn in weeks and savor some “lush” flavor. Tickets may be reserved now for Choi’s performance Feb. 20.

On Sunday, Feb. 28, all the way from Moscow, the Russian National Orchestra (RNO) will be playing at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The program will feature musical pleasures such as “Festive Overture” and “The Firebird.” The composers’ names are even more of a delight to the tongue—Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Learn some Russian or just feign a Russian accent and let Mikhail Pietnev, the orchestra’s conductor, overwhelm the senses. Pietnev founded the RNO, the first independent orchestra in Russia’s history, in 1990, and the orchestra has been award-winning ever since. Reserve tickets for this event starting Feb. 22.

In case you want to experience a bit of everything, Isabel Leonard, mezzo soprano; Nathan Gunn, baritone; Stefan Milenkovich, violinist; and Julie Gunn, pianist, will be joining forces for a show at the Folly Theater April 15, and tickets are available for reservation April 11. Check out these guys individually on YouTube and imagine the magical result of combining their gifts. The group will be performing opera, art songs and Broadway hits.

In light of admission, remember the attainment procedure has changed, one can no longer take a Jewell friend to the Harriman-Jewell office to get a ticket and then use the ticket for a non-Jewell individual. To gain admission, register online, then obtain the ticket up to two hours before the show using your Jewell I.D. at the venue box office.

Don’t spend another night searching Netflix for something not worth your time. Get some culture and inspiring vibes in the Harriman-Jewell spring schedule.

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