BEN FRANKLIN PIECES FOR STRING ORCHESTRA
Announcing the publication of COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG ODYSSEY
BEN FRANKLIN’S March, Minuet and Capriccio String Orchestra (Grade 3 1/2)
Arranged for String Arranged (Grade 3) by KennethSarch with added tin whistle (flute), drum & singers
from LUDWIG Master Series Read more about it here. KJOS Music Company
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AHLAN SABAYA ALFARAH
String Orchestra (Grade 2 1/2) with added drum & finger cymbals
KJOS Music Company
Dr. Kenneth Sarch leaves a long legacy of accomplishments in the classroom and around the world. The professor of music retired in May 2013 after nearly two decades at MU. ?>On campus, he built the symphony orchestra into a dynamic, full unit that impressed audiences and received well-deserved accolades and he started a String Chamber Orchestra. He added flair to the performances with his showmanship and humor.
The Julliard graduate came to MU in 1995 to teach violin and viola and conduct.
Over the years he was awarded two Fulbright Scholar Awards in music to teach, perform and conduct in Brazil and Bolivia, the 2003 PMEA Citation of Excellence in College Music Education and USIA Arts America Grants to Panama, Brazil, Jordan and Israel
He was invited 10 times to conduct the Panama National Youth Orchestra Music Festival in Panama City. He founded and was the first conductor of Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and returns in August 2013 as Guest Conductor and Violin Soloist to celebrate the orchestra’s 10th anniversary.
In the U.S, Ken presented Recitals, String Workshops, Master Classes and Clinics at state, regional and national music conventions, universities and music schools. He has done numerous guest conducting appearances at District, Regional, and All-county orchestras in 12 states, as well as fulfilling international conducting and performing invitations in Brazil, Jordan, Israel, Venezuela, Bolivia, Panama and Puerto Rico.
He performed the world premiere of Panamanian composer Narcisco Garay’s “Violin Sonata” written in 1901 and the Beethoven “Kreutzer” Sonata at the International Saint Malo Festival.
Ken served as president and state newsletter editor of the PA Delaware String Teachers Association and National String and Chamber Music Program Chairs for MTNA (Music Teachers National Association).
He was Concertmaster of the Williamsport Symphony for 14 years, as well as Concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony and the New York Orchestral Society.
Ken’s publications reflect his scholarly curiosity and wide reach. They include: “Colonial Williamsburg Odyssey,” for String Orchestra (six movements based on early American music); “Ahlan Sabaya Alfarah,” ( Arabic Dance for strings with finger cymbals and drum); “March, Minuet and Capriccio by Ben Franklin,” based on Franklin’s manuscripts; “The Rink and The Bank Robbery,” music for two of Charlie Chaplin’s silent films.
Early in his career, Ken was Assistant to acclaimed violinist and teacher, Roman Totenberg, who died last year at age 101.
Ken’s passion for his profession and his students, as well as his quiet sense of humor, will be missed.
Though he’s “retired,” Ken shows no signs of slowing down. A quick check of his website shows a full summer schedule of conducting and performing, then taking up the position as Concertmaster of the Bloomsburg Symphony in 2013-2014.
- by Dennis Miller - Mansfield University Director of Public Relations
NOV 22, 23, 24 - Concertmaster Mansfield University Opera Production: Gilbert & Sullivan Pirates of Penzance 8 PM and Sun: 2:30 PM
NOV 30 - Student Recital - Students of Kenneth Sarch and David Lassitur - Sides Music Center, Williamsport, PA 2:30 PM
DEC 6 - Concertmaster - Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra, Kent Weaver, Conductor - Holiday Concert 7:30 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church, Williamsport, PA