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9th Annual Benefit Concert

9th annual benefit concert presented by Arts International

Date: Saturday June 29, 2019

Time: 2 pm

Location: Church on the Mall, 500 W Germantown Pike #1900, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

  • Proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society
  • Free admission (includes light refreshments)
    tax deductible donations welcome
  • Convenient parking

Featuring:

Arts International Festival Orchestra
Conductor Lance Wiseman, internationally acclaimed pianist

and special professional guest soloists

For more information call 215 715 3170


LuLu Benefit Concert/Arts & Crafts Show 2017

All Amateurs invited to participate!

General public as well as Shriners!
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If interested in participating, please contact Lance Wiseman at lancepiano@gmail.com or call 215-576-5307 (If not at home, please specify when would be the best time to reach you.) The exhibition will accommodate all interests!

Do you or anyone you know have anything you would like to display? It can be something you make, or even something you don’t make and would just like to display (ie flower arrangements, potted plants, photography, pottery, holiday decorations, drawings, paintings, decorative baking (i.e. gingerbread men, cookies which resemble things etc.) wood carvings, and collectables); OR something you collect (ie sports cards, Christmas decorations, nostalgic or military memorabilia, tobacco pipes, etc.). But please make sure you do not bring anything of significant value!

Mark you calendar – The annual LuLu Benefit Concert will feature an arts and crafts show this year side by side. And everyone is welcome to display their creations or collections, community members and Shriners alike!

Free entry fee – Although participants in the exhibition will be required to purchase a ticket to the concert for $10 which benefits our Temple, they will not be required to pay an additional fee to exhibit.

The concert begins at 2 pm on Saturday Oct 21, 2017.

Price of admission only $10.00 (includes light refreshments). Tickets may be purchased from office. Advance ticket purchase is recommended for this special concert.

Featured performers/artists:
Noble Lance Wiseman, our pianist and conductor, will be featured soloist along with outstanding invited guest soloists who have graciously volunteered to perform just for us in an an effort to help out our Temple.

Among the featured displays in the arts and crafts exhibition will be works by professional artists Huangxin Wang and our very own Lady Kathryn Dyer Czlapinski, wife of Noble Lawrence Czlapinski, president of Delaware County Shrine Club. Their biographical sketches appear below.

Artist Kathryn Dyer Czlapinski created hand painted articles for Catholic Priests at the request of the Provincial Superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor. The painted articles were sent to His Holiness the Pope from 1961 to 1994. His Holiness then gave the gifts to priests being sent to poor foreign missions.

Artist Huangxin Wang and students, master of Chinese Painting, or Guohua, is a unique and vital art form with a long history of transformation which can be traced back as far as 200 AD, which uses the same mediums and tools as today. Mr. Wang and his students recently exhibited their works at Freeman’s auction from February 7-23.

For those of you who are able to attend, you will discover a special well known surprise guest which you are sure to be thrilled with! We can not divulge ALL of our musical acts, as that would spoil the surprise, and it would not be as much fun. However, we can tell you that, as always, it will be a pops concert with a variety of music including light classics and pops and handmade creations etc.

This is all part of our ongoing effort to bring members of the community and Shriners together and to provide visibility for our great fraternity. Our concert will open with our traditional flag ceremony accompanied by marching music provided by our in house orchestra, Arts International Festival Pops Orchestra (composed of members of LuLu Shriners Concert Band and their relatives as well as members of the community). They are generously donating time from their busy schedules for rehearsals and performance.

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Timeless Classics concert at Shaare Shamayim on Dec 17

Timeless Classics

Where: Shaare Shamayim (9768 Verree Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19115)

Date: December 17, 2016

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Purchase Ticketshttp://timelessclassics.bpt.me/

Description:

According to the traditional definition, classical music is the one “written in the European tradition during a period lasting approximately from 1750 to 1830, when forms such as the symphony, concerto, and sonata were standardized.”

We would like to argue that at the time when this music was written it was considered a popular among royalty and aristocracy. It became classical for all of us because it survived a test of time. It is still popular today. Directors are using it in the movies, marketers in commercials, phone manufacturers in ringtones. And we, music lovers, are still able to recognize them after the first couple of notes.

We believe that quite a few of contemporary “popular” melodies will become “classical” for our children and grandchildren.

“Multicultural Arts Exchange” presents
Concert pianist Lance Wiseman (USA), accomplished violinist Alexander Spivak (Israel) and classical soprano Tatyana Mykhaylova in the brand new program “Timeless classics: From Beethoven and Broadway to …Star Wars”.

Additional Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1146323308789125/


Get tickets now for the Fall Benefit Concert – November 2016

5th Annual
Fall Benefit Concert
“Celebrate our Musical Tradition”

Celebrate Thanksgiving and bringing in the Holiday Season on the afternoon of

Sunday, November 13th, 2016
2:00 PM, in the Grand Ballroom at the LuLu Shrine Center
5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

$10.00 per Person, Complementary Light Refreshments
Please reserve with check or credit card to LuLu Shrine Center (610-828-9050)

Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of LuLu Shriners Concert Band

Featuring

  • Arts International Festival Orchestra
  • LuLu Shriners Concert Band
  • Surprise Guest Performers

All proceeds go to LuLu Shrine Center

Come Celebrate the Quincentennial 125th Anniversary of  our band!

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Get tickets now for the Fall Benefit Pops Concert – November 2015

4th Annual
Fall Benefit Pops Concert
“A Century of Music”

Celebrate Thanksgiving and bringing in the Holiday Season

Sunday, November 15th, 2015
2:00 PM, LuLu Shrine Center
5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

$10.00 per Person, Refreshments are Included
Please reserve with check or credit card to LuLu Shrine Center (610-828-9050)

Featuring
Rajah Shrine Nobelaires Dance Band
flutist Lois Herbine, cellist Prof. Jeffrey Solow
Concert Pianist Lance Wiseman

Social Dance follows Concert

  • Arts International Festival Orchestra
  • LuLu Shriners Concert Band
  • Penn Ultrasounds
  • Surprise Guest Performers

All proceeds go to LuLu Shrine Center

Special feature for 2015
Centennial Celebration of famous American composer, a celebrated Philadelphian, Vincent Persichetti

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Fall Benefit Pops Concert – Nov 2014

3rd Annual
Fall Benefit Pops Concert
“A Little Jazzy”

“Fun, family, fellowship”!
Celebrate Thanksgiving and bringing in the Holiday Season

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
1:00 PM, LuLu Shrine Center
5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

$10.00 per Person, Lunch is Included
Please reserve with check or credit card to LuLu Shrine Center (610-828-9050)

Featuring
Concert Pianist Noble Lance Wiseman performing/conducting PROFESSIONALS from the keyboard
famous Mozart Piano Concerto

 

Light Classics & Pop Favorites

  • Arts International Festival Orchestra
  • LuLu Shriners Concert Band
  • Penn Med Ultrasounds
  • Surprise Guest Performers

All proceeds go to LuLu Shrine Center

CREATIVE EXHIBIT at the CONCERT
Show case YOUR creativity by exhibiting paintings, arts & crafts, flower arrangements, pottery, wood carvings, table decoration, knitting, potted plants & flowers, hand-made Christmas tree decorations, reactive writings. Send in your ideas to lancegeneralmail@gmail.com

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LuLu Shrine Charity Concert with Dinner

Springtime at LuLu
Celebrate Mother’s Day
“Fun, Family & Fellowship”

All Proceeds Benefit LuLu Shrine Center, proud supporter of Shriners Hospital for Children

Entertainment by Concert Pianist
Lance Wiseman
Playing Light Classical and Popular Favorites

Specially invited guest performers: Merion Concert Band, Penn Med Ultrasounds & Wissahickon Dance Academy

When: May 9th (Friday), 2014 at 7:00PM

Where: At The LuLu Shrine Center, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

$20.00 per Person (Dinner & Concert)

Children < 12 yr-old or Shriners Hospital patients (past & present) 1/2 price: pay at the door,

adult companions please provide numbers of kids attending in “Instruction to Seller”

Dinner: Buffet Style Dinner with Multiple Entrees

Please RSVP by calling the LuLu Shrine Center at 610-828-9050
First 100 callers will receive a special gift

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Performance Updates

IMPORTANT NOTE – Information for certain recent concerts may not be available at time of performance updates.   Please email a request for such information as well as a listing of certain specialized concerts of early music at college and museum venues (performances on forte piano as well as modern piano).

Sept 5 – Oct. 8, 2019 – concert tour of Hong Kong and China, exact dates currently being set

March 30, 2019 – guest conductor Ringold Band, East Coast Band Conference (Reading, Pa.)

Feb. 24, 2019 – concert, D G Cultural Center, Southampton

Dec. 10, 2018 – solo recital and conducted Cheltenham Adult School Community Orchestra, Cheltenham High School (Cheltenham, Pa.)

Dec. 2, 2018 – chamber music concert, performed with members of Arts International Orchestra, Laurel Hill Mansion in Fairmount Park (City of Philadelphia)

Nov 16, 2018 – Concert, Brossman Ballroom, Freemasons Cultural Center (Elizabethtown, PA)

Oct 5, 2018 –  taught master class, Hong Kong Baptist University

Oct 2 to Oct 6, 2018 –  juror, featured performer, taught master classes, Eighth Asian Youth Piano Festival “International Youth Piano Competition, final round (Hong Kong)

Sept 30, 2018 – concert, Piano Museum, (Shantou, China)

Sept 29, 2018 – lecture/performance Tianjing Sound Library (Tianjing, China)

Sept 28, 2018 – concert, Tianjing  Concert Hall

Sept 27, 2018- concert, Tianjing University (Tianjing, China)

Sept 26, 2018 – on stage master class and evening concert Wellington College International (Tianjing, China)

Sept 26,2018 – taught master classes, Wellington College International(Tianjing, China)

Sept 25, 2018 – lecture/performance Harbin Normal University, (Harbin, China)

Sept 23, 2018 – solo recital and soloist, Grieg Concerto, “Helongjong” State Opera Orchestra of Harbin, Jiao Feihu, conductor, Harbin State opera House (Harbin, China)

Sept 21, 2018 – concert Tsinghua Concert Hall (sold out), solo repertoire and soloist/conductor Beethoven Concerto #2 soloist/conductor, Arts International Orchestra  (Beijing, China)

Sept 20, 2018 – taught master class, Piano Team, Menminwei Arts Center, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)

Sept 19, 2018 – coached members of Tsinghua University Orchestra (Beijing, China)

Sept 17, 2018 – lecture/performance – Peking Union Medical College, liberal arts department (Beijing, China)

Sept 14, sat sept 15, & sun sept 16, 2018 – taught master classes, Melody Music School (Bejing, China)

June 30, 2018 – benefit concert, Lulu Shrine Center, soloist/conductor Arts International Festival Chamber Orchestra (Plymouth Meeting Pa.)

June 21, 2018 – Lance Wiseman and friends, concert for Board of Directors of Shriners Hospital for Children, by special invitation (Phila, Pa.)

May 26, 2018 – Concert Lower Providence Park, conducted Conducted Arts International Festival Orchestra (Lower Providence, Pa)

May 19, 2018 – Featured performance, Lulu Shriners Circus, Conducted Arts International Festival Orchestra (Plymouth Meeting, Pa,)

April 22, 2018- concert, Campus Chapel, St. Joseph’s University (Phila., Pa.)

March 10, 2018 – guest conductor Ringold Band, East Coast Band Conference (Reading, Pa.)

Feb 15, 2018 – High Twelve Club of the Free and Accepted Masons – featured performer, by special invitation (Gwynedd, Pa.)

Nov. 19, 2017 – concert, Campus Chapel, St. Joseph’s University (Phila., Pa.)

Nov. 14 , 2017 – lecture/performance, class of Barry Salwen,University of North Carolina Wilmington

Nov. 13 , 2017 – lecture/performance, class of Prof. Barry Salwen,University of North Carolina Wilmington

Nov. 2, 2017 – taught master class, studio of Prof. Maria del Pico Taylor, Boyer School of Music of Temple University

Oct. 26, 2017 – Young Audience lecture/performances, Shaare Shamayim Synagogue (Phila., Pa.)

Oct. 25, 2017 – concert, Dec. 12, 2016 – Brossman Ballroom, Freemasons Cultural Center (Elizabethtown, PA)

Oct. 21, 2017 – benefit concert, Lulu Shrine Center, soloist/conductor Arts International Festival Chamber Orchestra (Plymouth Meeting Pa.)

Oct. 7, 2017 – evening concert, Piano Museum, (Shantou, China)

Oct.   7, 2017 – afternoon concert, Piano Museum, (Shantou, China)

Oct. 3, 2017 – 5, 2017 – juror Seventh  “Bach Prize “International Youth Piano Competition and Asian Youth Piano Festival (Hong Kong)

Oct. 1, 2017 – concert Tianjing University (Tianjing, China)

Oct. 1, 2017 – lecture/performance, Tianjing University, new campus (Tianjing, China)

Sept. 29, 2017 – concert, Tianjing Grand Theater,  Tianjing, China

Sept. 27, 2017 – lecture/performance – Peking Union Medical College, liberal arts department (Beijing, China)

Sept. 25, 2017 – lecture/performance Harbin Normal University, (Harbin, China), music of living American composer David Finko

Sept. 24, 2017  – concert, Harbin Grand Theater (Harbin, China)

Sept. 23, 2017 – concert, Tsinghua Concert Hall,  solo repertoire  and basso-continuo/conductor Arts International Orchestra, Vivaldi Four Seasons ((Beijing, China)

Sept. 22, 2017 – concert, Peking Union Medical College (Beijing, China)

Sept. 21 – soloist/conductor members of Tsinghua University Orchestra, Menminwei Arts Center, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)

Sept. 18, 2017 – lecture/performance, Inner Mongolia Normal university, main campus (Hohote, Inner Mongolia), music of living American composer David Finko

Sept. 18, 2017 – lecture/performance, Inner Mongolia Normal university (Hohote, Inner Mongolia), new campus

Sept. 17, 2017 – taught master class, Inner Mongolia Normal University  (Hohote, Inner Mongolia), taught students of Prof. Liang

June 4, 2017 – concert, world premiere of Mountain Stream by Qin Qian (for erhu, piano, and cello) (Qin Qian, erhu; Steven Cramer, cellist), St. Joseph’s University (Phila., Pa.)

May 18, 2017 – concert, Affula Conservatory (Affula, Israel)

May 16, 2017 – concert Bat Yam Conservatory (Bat Yam, Israel)

April 30, 2017 – concert, St. Joseph’s University (Phila., Pa.)

March 11, 2017 – guest conductor Ringold Band, East Coast Band Conference (Reading, Pa.)

Feb. 23, 2017 – young audience lecture/performances, Shaare Shamayim Synagogue (Phila., Pa.)

Dec. 17, 2016 – concert, Shaare Shamayim Synagogue (Phila., Pa.)

Dec. 12, 2016 – concert, Brossman Ballroom, Freemasons Cultural Center (Elizabethtown, PA)

Dec. 11, 2016 – concert Main Line Reform Temple (Wynnewood., Pa.)

Dec. 11, 2016 – concert, historic Laurel Hill Mansion, Fairmount Park, performed on original historic fortepiano; music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart (Phila., Pa.)

Nov. 13, 2016 – benefit concert, Lulu Shrine Center, soloist/conductor Arts International Festival Chamber Orchestra (Plymouth Meeting Pa.)

Oct 23, 2016 – Czeck/Bohemian composers’ concert, Campus Chapel, St. Joseph’s University (Phila., Pa.)

Oct. 16, 2016 – Recital Tsinghua Concert Hall, Tsinghua University (sold out) (Beijing, China)

Oct. 15, 2016 – soloist/conductor Arts International Orchestra, Menminwei Arts Center, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)

Oct. 9-11, 2016 – lecture/performance and recital, Qufu Normal University (Yrzhao, Shendon Province, China), music of living American composer David Finko

Oct. 2-5,  2016 – juror, featured performer, taught master classes, final round Sixth “Haydn Prize “International Youth Piano Competition and Asian Youth Piano Festival (Hong Kong)

July 17, 2016 – recital Zhang Zhou Concert Hall, Zhang Zhou Performing Arts Center) (sold out) (Zhang Zhou, China)

July 15 through July 17, 2016 – juror, taught master classes, preliminary round Sixth Asian Youth Piano Festival and “Haydn Prize “International Youth Piano Competition (Zhang Zhou, China)

July 10, 2016 -commentator and master class coach for Shanghai Youth Center Piano Competition  (Shanghai, China); taught master class Steinway Piano Store (Shanghai, China)

July 9, 2016 – concert Tianjing Concert Hall (sold out) (Tianjing, China)

July 8, 2016 – concert Tianjing Culture Center (Tianjing, China)

July 7, 2016 – lecture/performance Tianjing Sound Library (Tianjing, China)

July 4, 2016 – recital Shanghai Conservatory Concert Hall (sold out performance) (Shanghai, China)

July 3, 2016 – juror, featured performer, taught master classes, regional preliminary round Sixth Asian Youth Piano Festival and “Haydn Prize “International Youth Piano Competition (Shanghai, China)

July 2, 2016 – taught master classes Parson’s Music Center (Shanghai, China)

 June 26, 2016 – recital, “Concerts by Candlelight” Concert Series, historic Laurel Hill Mansion, Fairmount Park; music by Couperin, J. S. Bach, D. Scarlatti, Pasquini, and early Beethoven; performed on original historic fortepiano (Phila., Pa.) 

June 12, 2016 (TBA), 2016 – Phila composers’ concert honoring composer David FInko: performed music of David Finko & Vincent Persichetti, Campus Chapel, St. Joseph’s University (Phila)

May 24, 2016 – concerts at Phila Zoo (sponsored by Mann Music Center “Firebird, the Spirit is Rising”) (Phila_

May 19, 2016 – concert Ashdod Concert Hall (violin/piano and solo piano repertoire, Alexander Spivak violinist) (Ashdod, Israel)

May 17, 2016 – recital Bat Yam Conservatory (violin/piano and solo piano repertoire, Alexander Spivak violinist)

May 17, 2016 – taught master class Bat Yam Conservatory (Bat Yam, Israel) 

March 20, 2016 – performed music by Andrea Clearfield (collaboration with Group Motion Dancers), Andrea Clearfield Salon (Phila)

March 6, 2016 – All Baroque concert (Couperin, Paquini, Scarlatti, Bach, Corelli),  Campus Chapel, St. Joseph’s University (Phila)

Jan 30, 2016 – guest performer Masonic Breakfast for The Right Worshipful Grand Master of Pennsylvania, Free and Accepted Masons, LuLu Shrine Center (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)

Dec. 5, 2015 – performed on original historic fortepiano, historic Laurel Hill Mansion, Fairmount Park, music by Couperin, J. S. Bach, D. Scarlatti, Pasquini, and early Beethoven (Phila., Pa.)

Nov. 15, 2015 – benefit concert, Lulu Shrine Center, soloist/conductor Arts International Festival Chamber Orchestra : special program in commemoration of Vincent Persichetti Centennial: including performance with flautist Lois Herbine and cellist Jeffrey Solow; : last of series of lecture/performances to commemorate Vincent Persichetii centenary; all lecture/performances cited in Vincent Persichetti Centenary face book site hosted by Theodore Presser Company (Plymouth Meeting, Pa)

Oct. 18, 2015 – lecture/performance Persichetti Sonata #10, Piano Team, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)

Oct. 18, 2015 – coached members of Tsinghua University Orchestra (Beijing, China)

Oct. 16, 2015 – studio recordings for commercial CD recordings of music by composer Yao Heng-Lu (commissioned by Yao Heng-Lu for publication & distribution) (Beijing, China)

Oct. 15, 2015 – recital Tsinghua Concert Hall (sold out 3 weeks prior to performance) (Beijing, China)

Oct. 14, 2015 lecture/performance – Peking Union Medical College, liberal arts department (Beijing, China)

Oct. 13, 2015 – lecture/performance Persichetti Sonata #10, Hebei University (Xijiadua, Hebei Province, China)

Oct. 12, 2015 – recital, Hebei University (Xijiadua, Hebei Province, China)

Oct 10 2015 – recital Tianjing Culture Center (Tianjing, China)

Oct. 9, 2015 – lecture/performance on Persichetti Sonata #10, Tianjing Sound Library (Tianjing, China)

Oct. 8, 2015 – taught master class, Hong Kong Baptist University

Oct. 6, 2015 – recital Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: program included non-US premiere of Sonata #10 by Vincent Persichetti; videotaped for university web site

Oct. 3-5, 2015 –juror, featured performer, taught master classes, Sixth Asian Youth Piano Festival and Beethoven Prize “International Youth Piano Competition, final round (Hong Kong)

July 15-20, 2015 –juror, featured performer, taught master classes, Sixth Asian Youth Piano Festival and Beethoven Prize “International Youth Piano Competition, preliminary round (Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China)

July 12, 2015 – recital Tianjing Grand Theater opera House

April 10, 2015 – collaborative lecture/performance, University of North Carolina (Wilmington, NC)

April 3, 2015 – collaborative lecture/performance, Bliss Recital Hall, Youngstown State University (Youngstown, Oa.)

Feb. 1 to Feb. 8, 2015 – juror, recital, lecture, master classes, 2015 IVY Sanya Piano Competition(Sanya, China)

Jan 7 and Jan 10 2015 – performance, LuLu Shrine Center, conducted LuLu Shriners Concert Band, (Plymouth, Meeting, Pa.)

Dec, 21 at 8 pm -performance, LuLu Shrine Center, conducted LuLu Shriners Concert Band (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)

Dec. 20 and Dec 21 2014  – Performed musicale for Donetsk Ballet Company, Plymouth Meeting/Whitemarsh High School (Plymouth Meeting, Pa)

Dec. 19, 2014 –  Performed musicale for Donetsk Ballet Company, Burlington County Institute of Technology (Burlington County, NJ)

Dec. 17, 2014 -performance, LuLu Shrine Center, soloist/conductor LuLu Shriners Concert Band (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)

Dec. 7, 2014 – Recital Tsinghua Concert Hall (Tsnghua University) (Beijing, China)

Dec, 6, 2014 – Recital Tianjing Culture Center

Dec. 5, 2014 – Collaborative lecture/performance Tianjing Library (Tianjing, China)

Dec 4, 2014 – Teach collaborative guest lecture on hand injury Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)

Nov. 29, 2014 – Teach master class, auspices of Chinese Piano Association (Hong Kong) (Shenzhen, China)

Nov. 28, 2014 – Recital Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)

Nov. 27, 2014, 8 p.m. – Teach piano master class Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)

November 27, 2014 – Teach piano master class, Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong, China)

November 26, 2014 – Teach guest graduate lecture Peking Union Medical College (Beijing, China)

November 23, 2014 – benefit concert, Lulu Shrine Center, soloist/conductor Arts International Festival Chamber Orchestra (Plymouth Meeting, Pa)

Aug. 16, 2014 – recital, Peking Union Medical College Hospital (Beijing, China)

Aug. 13, 2014 – recital, Xuzhou Concert Hall (Xuzhou, China)

Aug. 10, 2014 – recital, Tianjing Concert Hall (Tianjing, China)

May 9, 2014 – benefit recital, Lulu Shrine Center, LuLu Shriners (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)

January 25, 2014 – performance, soloist/conductor LuLu Shriners Concert Band, LuLu Shrine Center,  given in honor of the Grand Master of Pennsylvania Free and Accepted Masons (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)

December 8, 2013 – concert, Tianjing Cultural Center (Tianjing, China)

December 7, 2013 – lecture/performance, Tianjing Sound Recording Library (Tianjing, China)

December 6, 2013 – Prerecorded radio interview with John Zhang, TPBS Binhai Radio (Tianjing, China)

December 5, 2013 – lecture/performance on Persichetti/Schoenberg, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)

December 4, 2013 – recital at Peking Union Medical College Hospital (Beijing, China)

November 29, 2013 – featured guest performer in Tsinghua University Klavier Team Annual Concert, soloist in Concerto by Schumann, Menminwei Music and Art Center, 7:30 PM (Beijing, China)

November 23, 2013 – Recital, Lulu Shrine Center, Ladies’s Luncheon, presented by Lulu Shriners Ladies’ Auxiliary (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)

October 6, 2013 – benefit concert, Lulu Shrine Center, soloist/conductor Arts International Festival Orchestra (Plymouth Meeting, Pa)

August 3, 2013 – Recital Tianjing Concert Hall (Beijing, China)

July 28, 2013 – pops concert recital (light classics and Chinese traditional music), Zuzhou Concert Hall (Beijing, China)

July 27, 2013 – lecture/performance, Xuzhou Concert Hall (Beijing, China)

May 31, 2013 – lecture/performance seminar for clinical students, Peking Union Medical College,  Auditorium (Beijing, China)

May 30, 2012 – Lecture/performance, lecture hall, Nursing campus,  Peking Union Medical College (Beijing, China)

May 28, 2013 – Recital Peking Union Medical College,  Auditorium (Beijing, China)

May 24, 2013 – Soloist with Academic Orchestra Donetsk National Theater of Opera and Ballet, Donetsk National Opera House, Concerto K. 271 (#9) By Mozart, Victor Oliynyk conducting

May 19, 2013 – Guest performer in gala concert, Donetsk National Opera House (Donetsk, Ukraine)

May 20, 2013 – Honored guest at forum along with prominent Donetsk Sculptor, all Chopin recital and talk, Donetsk Cultural Center; awarded gift (bust of Chopin) sculpted especially for him.  (Donetsk, Ukraine)

March 22, 2013 – Visual and Performing Arts High School of Youngstown, Ohio, lecture/performances (Youngstown, Oh.)

Feb. 13, 2013, Fox Chase Cancer Center Asian Club concert (commemorating Chinese New Years), Lu Lu Shriners Concert Band, conductor (Phila, Pa.)

Jan 30, 2013, concert, soloist/conductor Lu Lu Shriners Concert Band,  Shriners Children’s Hospital (Phila, Pa.)

December 14, 2012, featured guest performer in Tsinghua University Klavier Team Annual Concert, soloist in Concerto op. 90 by Vincent Persichetti, Menminwei Music and Art Center, 7 PM (Beijing, China)

December 13, 2012 – lecture and teaching master class at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), presented by Tisnghua University Klavier Team, 1 PM (Beijing, China)

December 11, 2012 – recital Peking Union Medical College, to commemorate restoration of college Bechstein piano, 6:30 PM (Beijing, China)

December 10, 2012 – lecture, Central Conservatory, 6 PM (Beijing, China)

December 8, 2012 – recital Tsinghua Concert Hall, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), 7 PM

November 11, 2012 – benefit concert, Lu Lu Shrine Center, soloist/conductor LuLu Shriners Concert Band (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)

November 10, 2012 – recital, Haddonfield Methodist Church, 7:15 PM (Haddonfield, NJ)

October 20, 2012 – recital, Benefit for Mikvah Circle Foundation at Lu Lu Shrine Center (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), 7 PM

July 29, 2012 – Performed Schubert Trio in E flat major with members of the Southampton Chamber Music Society (Southampton, PA), presented by Southampton Chamber Music Society, 2:00 PM (Southampton, Pa.)

June 15, 2012-Capitol Normal university Music Department (Beijing, China)-recital; 7:30 PM

June 15, 2012-Capitol Normal university Music Department (Beijing, China)-lecture/performance, Persichetti Piano Concerto op. 90; 9 AM

June 11, 2012; Inner Mongolia Normal University Music Department (Hohhot, China) – teaching master Class, 8:30 AM (teaching undergraduate, graduate, professors)

June 8, 2012; Inner Mongolia Keyboard Society  (Hohhot, China) – teaching master Class, 10 AM (undergraduate levels)

June 8, 2012- Inner Mongolia Keyboard Society (Hohhot, China)-lecture on Beethoven, 9 AM

June 7- Inner Mongolia Keyboard Society (Hohhot, China)-recital; 7:30 PM

June 2, 2012- recital at Xuzhou Concert Hall (Xuzhou, China); 7:30 PM

May 31, 2012 – lecture/performance  at Tsinghua University (the “Harvard” of China)  (Beijing, China);  Persichetti Piano Concerto op. 90; 2 PM

May 29, 2012 – teaching master Class at China Conservatory (Beijing, China); 9 AM-12 PM 2-5 PM

May 26, 2012 – recital at Tianjing Concert Hall (Tianjing, China); 7:30 PM

May5, 2012 – recital, Haddonfield Methodist Church, 7:15 PM (Haddonfield, NJ)

May 1, 2012 – May 1, 2012 – recital, Grand (Masonic) Lodge of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), presented by Athelstan/Lamberton lodges;

April 14, 2012: 9 AM-juror at Rachmaninov International Piano Competition (Tianjing, China)

April 13, 2012; 9 AM – teaching master class to contestants at Rachmaninov International Piano Competition (Tianjing, China)

April 12, 2012; 7:30 PM – recital, sponsored by Rachmaninov  International Piano Competition (Tianjing, China)

March 30, 2012; 8:00 PM-recital, Peking Union Medical College Hospital benefit Beijing, China)

March 29, 2012; 8 PM- featured performer in Debussy 150th Anniversary Celebration salon concert (Beijing, China)

January 28, 2012 – soloist/conductor  LuLu Shrine Concert Band; concert commemorating the visitation of the Right Worshipful Grand Master of Pennsylvania, Jay W. Smith, LuLu Shrine Center, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

January 7, 2012 – performance, soloist/conductor LuLu Shriners Concert Band, LuLu Shrine Center, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

December 21, 2011 -performance, soloist/conductor LuLu Shriners Concert Band, LuLu Shrine Center, (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)

November 23, 2011- performance soloist/conductor LuLu Shrine Concert Band, LuLu Shrine Center, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.  (oldest shrine concert band in the world)

October 22, 2011 – recital, Church of the Living Word, performed premiere of Lebanese Rhapsody by Serge el Helou, presented by Performing Arts society of Philadelphia, 8 PM, (Roslyn, Pa)

October 8, 2011 – recital at Brossman Ballroom, Freemasons Cultural Center (Elizabethtown, PA)

October 4, 2011 – recital, Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, presented by Athelstan and Lamberton lodges (Phila, Pa.)

Sept. 22, 2011  lecture/performance at the Visual and Performing Arts School of Youngstown, Ohio which was televised on WKBN tv -27 First News – Local News – Youngstown, Ohio.

 


Tip-of-the-Month: Up/down wrist rotation

Beginner and Intermediate:

The more often you use this technic as you play, the more it will give you strength in the difficult spots. It will also be easier to learn the notes. This is because, once your mind is free of the stress of mastering difficult spots (spots which feel uncomfortable for the hand), you will be able to focus on reading notes with a clearer mind.

I like to use the term “right/left wrist rotation” (my own term) to describe moving the wrist from right to left or vice versa while playing the piano. This technic is different from the standard wrist position that beginners are taught, but is not contradictory; it is, rather, a NEW technic which is to be ADDED to the standard wrist position which is learned upon beginning piano lessons. You must practice this technic away from the piano at first; do not use any music; simply practice the motion described below.

Simply practice flipping your hand up and down while pretending that you have your hand over a wave at its lowest position (in other words, you are capping a wave in “trough” position). Follow through with the subsequent motion of this wave by raising your hand with it as it rises to its peak, never taking your hand away from the wave. Your entire arm should remain still, and only your wrist should move up and down with the wave, bending at the wrist joint.

Once this feeling has become ingrained, you will be ready to incorporate this motion into your piano playing. While playing a piece, simply raise your wrist up before playing one or more notes, and then gradually lower your wrist AS YOU ARE PLAYING THIS GROUP OF NOTES. In other words, “take in” a group of notes as you are lowering your wrist instead of keeping your wrist straight. Urge yourself to use it as often as possible when ever you encounter spots which are suited to it. In short, strive to use this technic whenever you feel that it makes it easier for you to play certain passages. This motion may seem strange at first but will feel perfectly natural once you have become accustomed to it; as with all skills in piano playing, mastery may only be achieved through thorough repetition.

Students at the intermediate level who are feeling confidant so far might wish to consider one or two of the advanced suggestions.

Advanced

Glance at the above article for beginners and intermediate level students in order to understand what I mean by the term up/down wrist motion. As with all aspects of piano playing, the development of any new skill is always aided by practicing other related skills.

The following technics will aid with up/down wrist rotation.

  1. Fingers close to keys and pretending to play down to the floor. Wrist position slightly lower than normal; within this basic frame work, constant alternation between raising and lowering the wrists.
  2. Pressing technic; should feel like playing a composition on someone’s back (with a “pressing” or “caressing touch).
  3. Striving for up and down motion of wrists where ever added strength is needed
  4. Left and right motion of wrists
  5. Snappy spring-like action – grasping clusters of notes in one motion of the wrist; wrist must snap up and down or back and forth as the situation requires. This gives strength and speed. Indeed there are times when one can not exaggerate this technic enough!
  6. Practicing rather hard at first; then softening up (after everything is beginning to be automatic within the motor memory)
  7. Practicing brushing into the keys as you press them down. Likewise, try brushing out of the keys as you release them. Although this may not help from the standpoint of sound quality (depending on what other technics are used), it WILL help from the standpoint of accurately striking the key (“dead center”) in certain complex situations. This procedure will actually prevent slipping off the keys, causing cracks and downright disasters at times.
  8. Practicing away from the piano (one can practice playing on a table etc). It is important to test your skills at the keyboard periodically during these procedures to ascertain your degree of improvement. The moment that your recall is instantaneous and effortless, you know you have succeeded.

Lance Wiseman Concert Pianist

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