Chamber Music on the Hill, in residence at McDaniel College, presents the Ukrainian folk music ensemble, “Gerdan,” Sunday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will take place in Decker College Center Forum.
Gerdan consists of Andrei Pidkivka, flute; Solomia Gorokhivska, violin; Richard Miller, guitar; and Branislav Brinarsky, bass, fujara, gajdice, and vocals. The music of Gerdan is diverse, energetic and charming, bringing the fire and the edge of new melodic ideas and rhythms that capture the listener. The group’s commitment to professionalism and virtuosity in performance of classical and the authentic folk music is convergent to the new developing life of a multicultural society.
Dr. Andrei Pidkivka holds a Doctorate of Music Arts Degree from Michigan State University. Throughout Dr. Pidkivka’s twenty-five year journey of musical growth, his extensive collection of world flutes, from archaic to modern, have found a way into modern symphonic compositions, theatrical performances, ballet, and movie scores. Performances as a soloist guest musician include the Columbus Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony.
Ukrainian born violinist Dr. Solomia Gorokhivska is a soloist and a chamber musician. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. An International laureate award recipient in classical and folk music performance, she has toured internationally, including Ukraine, Germany, Russia, Poland, Serbia, and the US.
Dr. Richard Miller explores the richly expressive sounds of the nylon string guitar (both 7 string and 6 string) with a repertoire that includes Brazilian styles, American jazz, Latin American styles, classical guitar and Eastern-European chango (gypsy) guitar music. He is also active as an educator, composer, and writer/presenter for academic publications and conferences. He earned a Masters in Guitar Performance from Manhattan School of Music and a Ph.D. in music theory from Catholic University of America. He taught at CUA and at Georgetown University for many years and now teaches at Columbia University in New York City.
Branislav "Brano" Brinarski began his musical studies at age six in his hometown of Secovce in Eastern Slovakia. While at the University in Košice, he began performing with the folk ensembles playing bass, gajdice, dvojacka and singing. He toured throughout Slovakia, Europe and Asia, and in 1998, moved to the United States where he founded the Slovak Folk Band Pajtaši. In addition to his folk music endeavors, he also performs with the Bensen-Scott and Jump Start big bands in the New York City area.
Tickets, for the concert, which will be available at the door, are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and veterans. Children and students with valid ID are admitted free. For more information, call 410-857-2599.
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