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Friday, February 18, 2011

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills hosts concert and art show on February 26

Saturday, February 26, 2011 will be a busy day at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills as two artistic events are being held at the village in the same afternoon.

A viola and piano recital will be offered in Rose Hall on Saturday, February 26 at 4:00 p.m. Madeleine Darmiento and Bonnie Sumerfield will present a program of varied repertoire highlighted by a performance of some short works for the two instruments by Frank Bridge and Felix Mendelssohn’s Viola Sonata.

Dr. Darmiento is professor of violin and viola and chair of the string department at Millersville University . Last year she was awarded a Fulbright to teach and perform in Greece . Her goal being to promote viola performance, she organized a festival involving top violists in that country. Dr. Darmiento has taught and concertized throughout the U.S.

Pianist Bonnie Sumerfield is a staff musician at Camphill Special School in Glenmoore. An active musician in the area, she teaches and performs both solo and collaboratively. Ms. Sumerfield is pianist for the Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble which will perform earlier in February at the Wharton Esherick Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia .

This program's Sonata for Viola and Piano by Mendelssohn has been quite a project for both musicians. Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) wrote this work at the tender age of fifteen; the work was not published in his lifetime and not assigned an opus number. Mendelssohn was, as well as a virtuoso pianist, an accomplished violinist and violist, and one wonders whether the young composer wrote this unabashed piano part with its solos and cadenzas for his own fingers! The challenge for the piano is to keep the music light and transparent allowing the viola to shine through at any time. The challenge for the violist is to be extremely soloistic, projecting strongly but beautifully at all times. Surprisingly this is not a major work in the repertoire, but perhaps that is because playing the piece is such a musically and technically demanding balancing act!

There is no set ticket price for the concert, but donations will be accepted at the door.





A gallery opening will also be held Saturday, February 26 at 5 p.m. in the Camphill Cafe. Plan to attend the first art exhibit opening in the Camphill Cafe, featuring the work of IKRU. Light dinner, beverages and refreshments will be available for purchase and the artist will be present.

IKRU is a professional artist who has lived and taught in the United States since leaving Jamaica 24 years ago and is an acclaimed teacher of all artistic disciplines. IKRU excels in virtually every artistic discipline including drawing, painting, sculpting, music, and poetry. In addition, he is a fascinating personality who exudes his Jamaican heritage with a sense of humor and an infectious enthusiasm for conversation. A teacher and artist unlike any other, IKRU has established himself as one of Phoenixville’s newest and most interesting creative personalities. His work will be on display for three months at the Cafe.



Camphill Village Kimberton Hills – home to Rose Hall and the Camphill Café - is located at 1601 Pughtown Road , Kimberton , Pa.

The mission at Camphill Kimberton is to encourage individuals, especially those with special needs, to discover and fulfill their greatest developmental and creative potential within a farming and handcrafting community. In valuing persons of all abilities, Kimberton Hills seeks to foster a living and working environment that is sustainable, productive and beautiful. Residents and volunteers uniquely contribute to the community through meaningful vocations such as gardening, dairy farming, and working in the café, bakery and craft workshops. As the community cares for one another, it also nurtures and improves the land by practicing biodynamic and organic agriculture and raising environmental awareness.

For more information, visit www.camphillkimberton.org.

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