Opening Gala Concert celebrates Bucks County’s new performance space

Feb 12, 2014

Life Sciences Building

Delaware Valley College is hosting a free, public, Gala Opening Concert in its Life Sciences Building, Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m. The concert will feature DelVal’s talented musicians along with distinguished special guests. 

The event is a public celebration of the addition of a new a 450-seat auditorium to the College’s campus. The new space will serve as a bridge between the College and the surrounding community, allowing DelVal to host more speakers, concerts, and other events for area residents.

At the Gala, The DelVal Symphonic Band will perform the world premiere of Dr. Robert Maggio’s “Life Science,” which was commissioned specifically for the event. Dr. Maggio is a professor of music theory and composition at West Chester University.

“We’re extremely happy to have a composer of Dr. Maggio’s stature compose a new piece for this special concert,” said Dr. Jack Schmidt, a DelVal professor of music.  “The piece starts out pastoral and then gets really exciting as it approaches the end.  He vividly captured the excitement of the building rising from the ground.”

The Neave Piano Trio has been invited to perform at the event. The group has been hailed by critics as “absolutely stunning” (Golden Valley Music Society) and nominated as the “Best of Boston” by The Boston Phoenix. Trio members Anna Williams, violin, Mikhail Veselov, cello, and Toni James, piano, have enjoyed international success, performing across the U.S., South America, and Europe in some of the world’s finest concert halls including Weill Recital Hall, Jordan Hall, and Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The Gala will also include the Delaware Valley College Chorale, the Delaware Valley Saxophone Quartet, the Palisades Community Chorus and a professional Baroque orchestra. The Choral and Symphonic Band will be conducted by Dr. Schmidt.

 Following the concert, there will be a special reception in the Joseph F. Umosella ’63 Atrium.

Schmidt could not be more excited to have the new space for the groups he directs at the College to perform in.

“It’s a beautiful facility to play in, the acoustics really showcase the full range of musical styles and tone colors.  Performing in the new hall is like going from black and white into color,” said Dr. Schmidt.  “The new space is going to really enhance the cultural life of Bucks County.”

Tickets: The event is free and open to the public. Guests must reserve seats in advance by contacting Amy Fulton at 215.489.2465 or at Space is limited. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.