The Kennett Symphony of Chester County, under the direction of guest conductor, Dr. Robert Spence, will present American Patchwork at its annual Childrens Concert on March 9, at 2 p.m., at Emilie K. Asplundh Hall, Phillips Memorial Building, on the campus of West Chester University. The Kennett Symphonys Annual Childrens Concert is presented in an educational, interactive and fun format. This years concert includes learning about the instruments of the orchestra (strings, winds, brass, and percussion) and the performance of symphonic and choral favorites by American composers. Following each performance, the Symphony will offer special activities and its popular Instrument Zoo, during which children meet and greet the musicians of the Kennett Symphony, making this a memorable experience for the whole family. The concert features the Kennett Symphony Childrens Chorus and pianist, Dr. Justin Badgerow. The program includes Sousas patriotic Liberty Bell March, Andersons surprising The Typewriter, Coplands I Bought Me a Cat and Simple Gifts, MacDowells Presto Giocoso from Piano Concerto No. 2, and Ginasteras Danza Final. All tickets are $5 per person and seating is reserved. For complete information visit www.kennettsymphony.org or call the Kennett Symphony at 610-444-6363.
On March 6, the Mill at Anselma Preservation & Education Trust will present its first lecture of the season with a concert by Becks Philadelphia Brass Band. The group will play popular music of the Civil War period and then between songs explain the popularity of the music and some of its history. Becks Philadelphia Brigade Brass Band has been performing authentic music of the Civil War since 1991 in uniforms appropriate to the period and on original instruments of the time. They principally portray Becks Number 1 Philadelphia Brass band, a band which was in existence from 1830 to1876. They have a library of more than 250 period pieces from which they draw for performances, and to which they are constantly adding. They have performed all over the country and provided the brass band music for such movie as Gods and Generals. Additionally, they have played at the 125th anniversary of the Philadelphia Art Museum, the 150th anniversary of the Philadelphia Zoo, at the 2000 Republican Convention in Philadelphia. They are currently working on the production of their fourth CD. From 6:30 to 7 p.m., there will be a complimentary wine and cheese reception with ticket. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, museum members are free. The concert will be held at Bell Hall at The Montgomery School, 1141 Kimberton Road, Chester Springs, Pa. 19425. For more information, call 610-827-1906.
Darlington Arts Center presents its first family Coffee House Concert featuring popular Irish folk trio Belfast Connection on March 8 at 3 p.m., followed by the standard Coffee House Concert at 8 pm. In April, the center welcomes Indie-soul artist Orion Freeman on April 12. Tickets for all shows are on sale now. Darlington Arts Center is at 977 Shavertown Road in Garnet Valley, Pa. For more information, visit www.darlingtonarts.org or call 610-358-3632.
Steinway artist Catherine Marie Charlton will perform original piano compositions and improvisations inspired by the art of the Wyeth family at the Brandywine Museum of Art on March 12. Charltons seven piano albums have received extensive worldwide play, including on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, cable TVs Music Choice and PRIs Echoes. Her recording Red Leaf, Grey Sky: Piano Improvisations was the winner of the 2013 Independent Music Awards (Instrumental EP) and Winner of the 2011 Zone Music Reporter/ZMR Best Instrumental Album – Piano Award. Charlton will perform in the museums second-floor lobby on March 12 from 1 – 3 p.m. and again on April 16 and May 2. The concert is free with museum admission. The Brandywine River Museum of Art, located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pa., is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors ages 65 and over, $6 for students and children ages 6-12; free for children under six and Brandywine Conservancy members. Museum admission is free on Sunday mornings (except May 25 during the Antiques Show) from 9:30 a.m. to. For more information, go to www.brandywinemuseum.org.
Garden Spot Village invites the public to enjoy a Celtic concert on March 15, as part of the popular Saturday Evening Concert Series. Heather Campbell and Michelle Lecatsas, who perform as The Fairy and the Goddess, will perform a unique mix of Celtic tunes and old-time Americana. The duo derived their name from their instruments. The fairy is the violin and the goddess is the 12-string guitar. The duo will perform several songs from their album, Midnight in the Moonlight. This is the penultimate performance in this seasons concert series at Garden Spot Village. The final program will feature The Clarions performing Clarinet Quartet Superb on April 26. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave. The concerts are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 717-355-6000 or visit www.gardenspotvillage.org/events/.
Just this once, do not heed Shakespeares famed admonition to beware the Ides of March! In fact, youll be sorry if you do! Dont miss an evening of Dramatic Baroque Masterworks led by Maestro Valentin Radu and performed by the Camerata Ama Deus chamber orchestra. They have an enormously entertaining line-up of music prepared for your listening pleasure. From the sterling tones of the trumpet in compositions by Tomaso Albinoni and George Frideric Handel, to the jaunty music of Antonio Vivaldis Spring from The Four Seasons, or Arcangelo Corellis lively dance suite, to the serenely haunting timbre of the Baroque oboe, in music by Handel and J.S. Bachthese concerts will be highly enjoyable and memorable. Attend these drama-filled concerts at two locations on two different evenings. On March 14 at 8 p.m., the Camerata Ama Deus will perform in the Church of Saint Martins-in-the-Field in Chestnut Hill, 8000 St. Martins Lane at the intersection of Willow Grove Avenue. Then on March 16 at 6 p.m., Valentin Radu and the Camerata Ama Deus will present this musical Ides of March in Paoli at Daylesford Abbey, 220 South Valley Road. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $10 for students and children. Tickets are available by going to www.VoxAmaDeus.org, or by calling VoxAmaDeus at 610-688-2800, or by coming to the door approximately 45 minutes prior to concert times to purchase tickets. At both concerts, prior to raising his baton, Maestro Valentin Radu will entertain and educate the audience with dramatic live notes about the multifaceted composers, their times, and their supremely wonderful, dramatic music.
On, March 18 at 5 p.m., the Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr colleges, directed by Thomas Lloyd, will host the Soldiers Chorus of the United States Army Field Band, the greatest military chorus in the world and wonderful ambassadors to us all. The Soldiers Chorus, founded in 1957, is the vocal complement of the United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC. The 29-member mixed choral ensemble travels throughout the nation and abroad, performing as a separate component and in joint concerts with the Concert Band of the Musical Ambassadors of the Army. The chorus has performed in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, India, the Far East, and throughout Europe, entertaining audiences of all ages. The musical backgrounds of Soldiers Chorus personnel range from opera and musical theatre to music education and vocal coaching; this diversity provides unique programming flexibility. In addition to presenting selections from the vast choral repertoire, Soldiers Chorus performances often include the music of Broadway, opera, barbershop quartet, and Americana. This versatility has earned the Soldiers Chorus an international reputation for presenting musical excellence and inspiring patriotism. Critics have acclaimed recent appearances with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, and the Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Nashville, and National symphony orchestras. Other notable performances include four world fairs, American Choral Directors Association conferences, music educator conventions, Kennedy Center Honors Programs, the 750th anniversary of Berlin, and the rededication of the Statue of Liberty. This concert will be held in Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium on the Haverford College Campus at 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, Pa., and is free and open to the public. For more information: 610-896-1011, email@example.com.
Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, (484-732-8295; www.kennettflash.org): The Bullbuckers (March 7), Ed Gerhard (March 8), Mary Fahl (March 15), Lower The Standard (March 21), Stackabones (March 22), Rory Block (March 28), The Moxy (March 29)
Chaplins The Music Cafe, 66 N. Main St., Spring City (610-792-4110; www.chaplinsthemusiccafe.com): Bluegrass Jam (March 6), An Honest Year, Rivers Monroe, The Escape (March 7), Rust, Pure Jerry, Electrified (March 8), Rock and Roll After School Supergroup, Whats Next, The Floats (March 14), Francis Dunnery (March 15), On-The-Road & In-The-Round featuring Craig Bichardt, Thom Schuyler and Jack Sundrud (March 21), Lois Snead & Minnie and Yvonne Hartman (March 29)
The Chameleon Club, 223 North Water St., Lancaster, (717-299-9684; www.chameleonclub.net): The Wonder Years (March 6), Three 6 Mafia (March 7), From Ashes to New (March 8), The Tossers, Continental, Garrahans Ghost (March 9), Jake Clemons (March 23), The Take Action Tour featuring The Devil Wears Prada (March 27), Seeds (March 28)
The Ardmore Music Hall (23 East Lancaster Avenue; 610-649-8389; ardmoremusichall.com): Sarah Jarosz (March 6), Melvin Seals & JGB (March 6), Jeff Thomas All-Volunteer Army (March 7), Royal Southern Brotherhood (March 8), Enter The Haggis (March 14), The E Street Shuffle (March 15), David Francey (March 16), Blackthorn (March 17), Jefferson Starship (March 21), Beru Revue (March 22), Splintered Sunlight (March 27), Downtown Harvest (March 28), West Philadelphia Orchestra (March 29)
American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster (717-397-7700, www.amtshows.com): The Wess Cooke Show (March 9), The Moody Blues (March 12), Trisha Yearwood (March 13), The Folk Reunion featuring The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four with special guest Tom Paxton (March 14), The Oak Ridge Boys: Boys Night Out (March 15), Michael W. Smith (March 21), Heart (March 24), America and Christopher Cross (March 29), Clint Black (March 30)
The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. (302-652-5577, 800-37-GRAND, thegrandwilmington.org): Goitse (March 7), Zappa Plays Zappa (March 7), The Rock and Roll Legends Show (March 8), Jonathan Richman (March 14), Solas: Shamrock City (March 15), Mike Birbiglia (March 22), The Hit Men (March 28)
Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden, Del. 19810 (ardenconcerts.com; 302-475-3126): We Were Promised Jetpacks (March 6)
Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside (215-572-7650 or www.keswicktheatre.com): George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (March 8), Irish Rovers (March 11), Experience Hendrix (March 21), Pat Metheny Unity Group (March 22), Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle (March 29)
Sellersville Theater 1894, 136 N. Main St., Sellersville (215-257-5808, st94.com): The Black Lillies & Yarn (March 6), Roomful Of Blues with Bob Malone (March 7), Caravan Of Thieves (March 8), Bill Monaghan and Celtic Pride (March 9), Celtic Crossroads (March 10), Grant-Lee Phillips and Dan Bern (March 13), Dead On Live Grateful Dead tribute (March 14), Glengarry Bhoys (March 15), Anna Nalick (March 19), Carbon Leaf (March 20), Suzy Bogguss (March 21), The Rip Chords & The Orions (March 22), Sierra Hull and Courtney Hartman (March 23), John Gorka with Adrien Reju (March 28), Steep Canyon Rangers (March 30), Hugh Masekela (March 31)
Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St, Philadelphia (215-928-0770, www.tinangel.com): Philadelphia Folk Festival Co-Op Showcase (March 7), Lera Lynn with Bird Watcher (March 8), Got Penny, Wade In The Water (March 8), Yarn (March 13), 3 Stories High with special guest Vanida Gail (March 14), St. Patricks Day with the McCloskeys (March 15), Matthew Mayfield with Mary Spender (March 20), Poundcake featuring Teddy Thompson (March 21), Diego Garcia (March 22), Willie Nile with The Badlees (March 23), Off The Record Tour featuring Tony Lucca, Matt Duke, Honor By August and Todd Carey (March 24), The Railers (March 26), Richard Shindell (March 27), Co-headliners Tumbling Bones, Marc Silver Band and Red Tail Ring (March 28), Air Traffic Controller (March 29), Ellis Paul (March 29), Cheryl Wheeler (March 30)
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia (www.utphilly.com; 215-323-2100): BoomBox (March 14), The War On Drugs (March 18), Lydia (March 19), Warpaint (March 22), Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (March 24), Okkervil River, Typhoon (March 28), Daley (March 29)
World Cafe Live Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia (worldcafelive.com): Howie Day (March 6), Feedel Band (March 6), Uhh Yeah Dude (March 7), Soldier On (March 7), Memphis Hat (March 8), Paul Byrom (March 8), Dizzy Fingers: The Life of Joe Soprani (March 9), Lizanne Knott (March 9), Mark Mulcahy (March 10), Rachel K Haines (March 11), The Keys, The Dawn Drapes (March 12), Black 47 (March 13), Omaha Diner (March 13), John Byrne Band (March 14), Mark Schultz and The Wayne Rangers (March 15), Sharon Corr (March 15), All Bets Are Off! One year Anniversary Spectacular! (March 15), AJ Croce (March 18), Elise Testone (March 19), Candy Volcano (March 20), Before You Exit (March 20), Jake Clemons (March 21), Tribal Seeds Representing 2014 Spring Tour (March 21), Noah Gundersen (March 23), The Philadelphia Jazz Project (March 25), Three of Clubs Spring Tour 2014 (March 26), Wheeler Brothers, Desert Noises (March 27), Shawn Mullins (March 28), The Stray Birds (March 29), Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute (March 29), Johnny Clegg (March 30), Mike Posner unplugged (March 31)
World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, (302-994-1400, queen.worldcafelive.com): The Black Lillies, Yarn (March 7), March Singer Songwriter Showcase (March 8), Sweet Loretta Fat (AKA Fooling April) as The Beatles (March 8), Leo Kottke (March 13), Ladyfingers (March 14), Atlas Gray (formerly Forward Motion) (March 14), Cornmeal (March 15), Drive-By Truckers (March 16), Matt Schofield (March 19), The Sermon! (March 20), Rory Sullivan (March 21), Carbon Leaf (March 21), Mad-Sweet Pangs (March 22), Hayes Carll and Bob Schneider (March 22), Christine Havrilla and Gypsy Fuzz (March 28), Boris Garcia (March 29)