March 23 Lunch Will Preview March 24 Friends of Music Concert

Those attending the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra’s March 24 concert in Shepherdstown will have an opportunity to get a preview of the performance at a luncheon the day before.

The concert, which is sponsored by Friends of Music, will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.

The luncheon, which is also sponsored by the Friends, will be held at Shepherdstown’s Bavarian Inn on Friday, March 23 at 12 noon. The orchestra’s Music Director, Jed Gaylin, will speak, offering his insights into the works that will be performed at the concert.

The entree choices for the luncheon will be: Vegetarian Lasagna, Club Sandwich or London Broil. Each lunch will include soup, dessert, assorted breads and butter, and coffee and tea.

Tickets for the luncheon are sold separately from concert tickets at a cost of $20 per person. All tickets must be prepaid before March 20 so the Bavarian Inn can have an accurate meal count.

To buy tickets, go to the Friends of Music website at or send a check made out to “Friends of Music” to Friends of Music, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Be sure to indicate your menu choice. For more information, contact Jennifer Perrotte at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Entitled “Pipe Dreams,” the concert will feature four works: two concertos for organ and orchestra by George Frideric Handel (Op. 4, No. 1 in G Minor and Op. 4, No. 4 in F Major); Handel’s Overture to “Theodora”; and Ottorino Respighi’s Suite for Strings. The soloist will be Marvin Mills, organist at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Maryland. Mills is also music director of the acclaimed National Spiritual Ensemble; a guest artist with the Ritz Chamber Players of Jacksonville, Florida; and a vocal coach/staff pianist at Morgan State University.

Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person ($22.50 before March 11. Tickets and Friends’ memberships can be purchased on the Friends’ website at or by mail (to the Shepherdstown PO Box cited above) or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance. Visa and Master Card will be accepted.

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra was established by the Friends in 2007. Gaylin was named Music Director in 2012. He also serves as the Music Director of Baltimore’s Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and the Bay Atlantic Symphony in New Jersey, and is an Artist in Residence at New Jersey’s Stockton University. Full information about the Friends, the Orchestra, and the concert season is available at

This year’s Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concerts are being supported by a grant from the WV Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.