The 35-member Providence Chamber Orchestra will appear in concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 355 St. John’s Circle, Phoenixville, on Sunday, at 4 p.m.
Featured artists are Joseph Klapper, string bass soloist, and Sam Getchell, guest conductor. F. Thomas Snyder III, director of music at St. John’s, serves as conductor of the ensemble.
The group was founded in 1999 to meet the musical needs and aspirations of its members, a group of talented, amateur musicians from the greater Philadelphia area, all of whom share a common passion for playing music.
The program includes Francis Adiren Boieldieu’s “La Dame Blanche Overture,” Carl Ditters von Ditterdorf’s “Concerto No. 2,” by Franz Joseph Haydn featuring string bass soloist Joseph Klapper, Frederick Delius’ “On Hearing the First Cuckoo” and Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Haydn” guest conducted by Sam Getchell.
Prompted by a love of jazz, Joseph Klapper began playing string bass when he was 13 years old. In college, he expanded his range into Classical music, studying with John Hyslop, and with Roger Ruggeri, principal bassist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has a master’s degree in string performance from the Manhattan School of Muisc, where he studied with Homer Mensch. Klapper has played with the Bel Canto Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and the Jerusalem Orchestra in Israel. After 10 years of freelancing in New York City, Klapper began teaching. He is currently the string instructor for the Phoenixville Area School District, where he was hired to create and develop a K-12 string program.
Sam Getchell has been playing trombone since the age of 10 and has a bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from New England Conservatory and a master’s in trombone performance from Yale University. From 2001 until 2006, he served as principal trombone of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra. He has also performed with numerous other ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Wheeling Symphony and the Pittsburgh Ceremonial Brass. He currently plays trombone with the Philadelphia German Brass Band and the Merion Concert Band, where he is also assistant conductor. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biophysics in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
There is no charge for tickets, although a free-will offering will be accepted. A reception will follow the concert.