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WVIA's next Simply Grand Concert takes You To The Movies - Public Invited
(wvia) - WVIA FM invites the public to its next Simply Grand Concert. Gary and Bernadette Boerckel will present Do You Remember This Music from the Movies from the Silents to the 1960's on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA Studios in Pittston, PA. Seating is free, but limited. To make reservations call 570-655-2808 or reserve seats online at This concert is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts.

From the pianists and organists who accompanied the earliest silent films to the large orchestras of Hollywood's "Golden Era," music has played a vital role in the art of moviemaking. Pianist Gary Boerckel, host of "Music to My Ears" on WVIA-FM will demonstrate the techniques of film scoring and soprano Bernadette Boerckel will sing memorable themes by legendary composers including Charlie Chaplin, Erich Korngold, Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann and Henry Mancini. The concert will include songs from Modern Times, Casablanca, Shall We Dance, Stormy Weather, The Wizard of Oz, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Titanic.

The Dietrich Theater was so delighted to sponsor the Boerckels last year for a Ragtime concert at WVIA. Because of the great response to this concert, the Dietrich Theater is bringing back the duo for Music from the Movies.

Gary Boerckel is a concert pianist, conductor, lecturer and former chairman of the music department at Lycoming College. He has appeared as soloist in piano concertos by Beethoven, Schumann, Gershwin, Mozart, and Bach with the Jupiter [New York City] Symphony, the Northeastern PA Philharmonic, the Williamsport Symphony, the Williamsport Chamber Orchestra and the Susquehanna Valley Symphony and has performed solo recitals in college, university, and community artist series throughout the country. At Lycoming College and in collaboration with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Boerckel has directed over thirty operas, operettas, and musicals, and has conducted major choral works by Mozart, Faur , and Rutter in Williamsport and at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Dr. Boerckel has been chairman of the Lycoming College Department of Music since 1983 and served for thirteen years as director of the College's Honors Program. Since June 2004, he has been the host of Music to My Ears, every Sunday at 1 pm on WVIA/WVYA public radio.

Bernadette Boerckel is a perfect musical parner for Gary. She has had a distinguished career in education and music and is now the director of curriculum and instruction for the Warrior Run School District, serving as adviser for its drama club and director of its fall production. "Singing is not part of this job description," she said, "Though I am told that I hum a lot."

However, she readily acknowledges that she does not work alone on anything. "My partner in music is my partner in life - everything is a collaboration with my husband, Gary. I am inspired daily by his insight and unyielding pursuit of what I would call truth in music," she said.

The WVIA "Simply Grand" concert series showcases the talent of regional classical musicians. Since the series began in 1990, dozens of regional musicians have been featured. The concerts are recorded for broadcast before a live audience in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at the WVIA Studios.

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