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 Kenneth Sarch playing Bram's Holocaust Violin        

Announcing the publication of                                                              COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG ODYSSEY     

BEN FRANKLIN’S  MARCH, MINUET, and CAPRICCIO                for String Orchestra (Grade 3 1/2)                               

  Arranged for String Orchestra  (Grade 3) by  KennethSarch               with added tin whistle (flute), drum & singers                   
LUDWIG Master Series                                            KJOS Music Company                                               

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                                                                                                                  AHLAN SABAYA ALFARAH  

                                                                                       String Orchestra (Grade 2 1/2)  with added drum & finger cymbals   

                                                                                                                       KJOS Music Company                                                                                       

 KENNETH SARCH   Plays Holocaust Violin after 75 years of silence!

 

Bram Rodrigues was 18 years old living in Amsterdam in 1941, playing his violin with friends in a band, when the Nazis invaded and began purging the Jews. As a young Jew, Bram and his father decided to escape. Bram gave his violin to his friend Johnny de Haan for safe keeping . He was caught by the Nazis, sent to Auschwitz and murdered among the 1,1 million people killed there. He never returned for his violin. That family kept the violin for 75 years until Johnny's son Wim found Bram's relatives living in New York because he discovered on the internet that Bram's nephew, David Groen, had published a book on the family's Holocaust experience titled "Jew Face". This past summer, the Groen descendents traveled to Amsterdam for a ceremony in which the violin was returned to them!
The violin, an early 20th century instrument with a Dutch label probably from France, was restored and played for the first time in 75 years  this past December 6, 2019 by violinist Kenneth Sarch in a "Vanished Voice" Recital in Florida with all of Bram's relatives in attendance sponsored by Chabad of South Palm Beach. Sarch performed music from "Schindler's List" by John Williams, the "Nigun" by Bloch, and the "Sabbath Prayer" from 'Fiddler on the Roof'. The Concert, with a talk by author David Groen, Bram's nephew, was repeated on February 15, 2020 in Williamsburg, Virginia where Sarch was soloist with the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra. As a Jew, Sarch says that dealing with the Holocaust "always brings up very powerful emotions which this music brings forth. Playing Bram's violin seems preordained considering how details lined up, When I play Bram's violin, I feel that his soul is somehow within the body of the violin and it is his voice that I am bringing out. In fact, the soundpost, a wood dowel set inside the body of the violin to enhance the vibrations, is called el alma in Spanish (the soul). " Sarch continued: "While there is sadness in the story of Bram and his violin, the program is uplifting because it gives meaning to Bram's life, comfort to Bram's surviving family, and hope for the future of mankind!"



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 has been 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 12 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 returned in August 2013 as Guest Conductor in a program of American music and Violin Soloist performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto 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. Ken was named Interim Conductor for the Lycoming College Community Orchestra for Fall 2016.

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 in Panama.

Ken served as president and state newsletter editor of the Pennsylvania/De String Teachers Association and was appointed 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, Hartford Civic 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 attributed 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 at Boston University, and faculty at New England Conservatory and Shenandoah Conservatory.
Though he’s “retired,” Ken shows no signs of slowing down.  A quick check of his website shows a full schedule of conducting and performing, and taking up the position as Concertmaster of the Bloomsburg Symphony and the Lycoming College Community Orchestra, conducting the  Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil he founded in Santa Cruz, Bolivia  to include the South American premiere of  Villafranca "Cinque" and Mary Lou Williams "Zodiac Suite"  with Internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist Elio Villafranca in 2014. He was appointed Conductor of the Lycoming College Community Orchestra For Fall 2016.
 Ken was invited by American String Teachers Association (ASTA)  to present his Session "The Bouncing Bow Strokes" at the ASTA National Conference held in Tampa March 2 - 5, 2016 and his Session "101 Ways To Teach Vibrato" at the ASTA Conference in Salt Lake City in 2015 to much acclaim. He was invited to present his session on "A Review of Orchestral Bowings" at the ASTA NationalConference in Pittsburgh - March 2, 2017. Dr. Kenneth Sarch was appointed Professor of Violin at Lycoming College and Director of the string summer camp at Lycoming College STRINGFEST.

- by Dennis Miller - Mansfield University Director of Public Relations

 

Concerts and Events

2018

FEB 24 - RECITAL - VIOLIN & VIOLA STUDENTS of KENNETH SARCH, Sides Music Center Recital Hall, Williamsport - Saturday 12:30 PM         Svetlana Rodionova, pianist       Violinists  Joseph Szczepkowski, Marlowe Jacques, Chloe Wesneski,Andie-Jean Szczepkowski                Violists:  Elise Berthold, Lenora Ciabatarri

FEB 25 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford,  Conductor - Video Game Music Concert - Mitrani Hall  2:30 PM

MAR 30 - VIOLINIST- Solo music for Seder : Temple Beth Ha Sholom - Williamsport PA 6:00 PM

APR 6 - CONCERTMASTER - LYCOMING COLLEGE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA: William Ciabattari, Conductor;  Harold Zampa Overture,           Bartholamew 'On the Ground', Rodgers Victory at Sea - Community Arts Center Auditorium - Williamsport, PA 7:00 PM

APR 21 - VIOLINIST- Bucknell Choral and Orchestra Concert : Bucknell University - Weis Center Auditorium - Lewisburg, PA 7:30 PM

APR 28 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford,  Conductor - Spring Concert - Dvorak, Smetana, Brahms - Mitrani Hall  7:30 PM

JUN 10- CONCERTMASTER  - Shickshinny Chorus and Orchestra  Raphael Micca, Conductor - First United Methodistl Church, Shickshinny, PA  6 PM

JULY 9 - 14 - DIRECTOR, Faculty - Lycoming College YOUNG ARTIST SUMMER VIOLIN WEEK
                            for advanced Violinists Ages 12 - 18, Williamsport, PA

AUG 5 - VIOLINIST- Music for Service - Fiocco, Bach and Franck; First Evangelical Lutheran Church; Watsontown, PA

SEP 18  - VIOLINIST- Music for Service - Bloch Vidui, Bruch Kol Nidre; Temple Beth Ha Sholom, Williamsport, PA

OCT 9 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford, Conductor - Young Person's Concert  10 AM - Mitrani Hall

OCT 11 - VIOLINIST - LYCOMING COLLEGE FACULTY RECITAL: with Amanda Gunderson, pianist - Program: Brahms Sonatensatz and Wieniawski                          Scherzo Tarentella; Welch Honors Hall, 12 Noon

NOV 8 - Violinist - LYCOMING COLLEGE CHORALE - Daniel Hall, Conductor - Gjeilo Across the Vast Sky Faculty String Quartet,  Honors Hall, 12 Noon

NOV 14 - CONCERTMASTER - LYCOMING COLLEGE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA: William Ciabattari, Conductor;  von Suppe Poet & Peasant Overture,  Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) - Community Arts Center Auditorium - Williamsport, PA 7:30 PM

NOV 18 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford, Conductor - Fall All American Concert - Mitrani Hall  2:30 PM

DEC 7 - CONCERTMASTER - CLARON UNIVERSITY CHORAL CONCERT: Handel  Messiah - Stephen Johnson, Conductor;  1st Presbyterian Church, Clarion, PA 7 PM

DEC 9 - CONCERTMASTER - Messiah Sing, Hamilton Gibson Christmas event,   Episcopal Church, Wellsboro, PA 2:30 PM

DEC 9 - Violinist - LYCOMING COLLEGE CHORALE - Daniel Hall, Conductor - Southern Harmony Brightest & Best Violin soloist, Candlelight Service, Clarke Chapel, 7:00 PM

2019

JAN 6 - CONCERTMASTER - Messiah Sing, Williamsport Music Club Christmas event,   Pine Street Methodist Church, Williamsport, PA 3:00 PM

FEB 2 - RECITAL - VIOLIN   STUDENTS of KENNETH SARCH, Sides Music Center Recital Hall, Williamsport - Saturday 1:00 PM         Svetlana Rodionova, pianist       Violinists  Joseph Szczepkowski, Marlowe Jacques,  Andie-Jean Szczepkowski, Alejandro Quintana, Gale Szczepkowski

FEB 8 - Violinist - District 8 High School CHORUS FESTIVAL - with Emilie Tupper, violinist and Garet Holdren, cellist-Sanctus IV  J.S. Bach, Violin Obligatto The ROOF - A. Ramsey Community Arts Center, Williamsport  7 PM 

FEB 14 - VALENTINE'S CONCERT   ANNE SULLIVAN, Harp, KENNETH SARCH, Violinist, ASHLEY SHANK, Flutist, GARET HOLDREN, Cellist  Community Arts Center Auditorium        Music for Valentine's Day: All You Need is Love, My Heart Will Go On, Ibert, Piazzola Oblivion, Ravel Bolero, Stairway To Heaven, The Swan, Carmen and more.-  CAC Williamsport, 7:30 PM

MAR 3 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford, Conductor - Concerto Competition Concert - Mitrani Hall  2:30 PM

MAR 19 & 20 - CONCERTMASTER - LYCOMING COLLEGE OPERA ORCHESTRA: William Ciabattari, Conductor; Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana  - Community Arts Center Auditorium - Williamsport, PA 7:00 PM

MAR 31 - RECITAL   KENNETH SARCH, Violinist, AMANDA GUNDERSON, Pianist - LYCOMING COLLEGE FACULTY RECITAL;                           Brahms, Prokofief, Bloch, Sarasate, Bolcolm, Paganini -  Mary Welch Honors Hall, 4:00 PM

APR 27 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford, Conductor -  Spring Concert - Mitrani Hall  2:30 PM

JULY 4 - 4th of JULY CONCERT    KENNETH SARCH, Violinist, Kristin Ivers, Pianist  Williamsport Music Club: Vieuxtemps Souvenir de Amerique, Unger Ashokan Farewell  - St. Marks Lutheran Church, Williamsport 7:30 PM

JULY 13- RECITAL   KENNETH SARCH, Violinist, REBECCA DAVY, Harpsichord - BRUTON PARISH CONCERT SERIES;                           Tartini, Unger, Vaughn-Williams, LeClair, Massenet, Fiocco - Bruton Parish, Colonial Williamsburg, VA, 8:00 PM

JULY 16- RECITAL   KENNETH SARCH, Violinist, REBECCA DAVY, Harpsichord - BRUTON PARISH CONCERT SERIES;                           Music of J.S. Bach: Sonata 1 and 3 for Violin & Harpsichord, EM Preludio, Air on G String, Arioso- Bruton Parish, Colonial Williamsburg, VA, 8:00 PM

 JULY 22 - 27 - DIRECTOR, Faculty - Lycoming College YOUNG ARTIST STRINGFEST SUMMER VIOLIN WEEK

                           for  Violinists Ages 11 - 23,  Williamsport, PA

SEP 24 - Violinist - Williamsport Music Club Dinner Concert - Tin Whistle March from Sarch "Colonial Williamsburg Odyssey"

OCT 10 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford, Conductor - Young Person's Concert  10 AM - Mitrani Hall

OCT 10  - VIOLINIST- Music for Kol Nidre Service -  Temple Beth Ha Sholom, Williamsport, PA

NOV  6 - CONCERTMASTER - LYCOMING COLLEGE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA: William Ciabattari, Conductor

                         Community Arts Center Auditorium - Williamsport, PA 7:30 PM

NOV 17 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford, Conductor - Fall Concert - Mitrani Hall  2:30 PM

NOV 24 - Violinist -Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra - Robert Helmacy, Conductor ROOF - Tunkhannock, PAt  3 PM

DEC 6 - HOLOCAUST VIOLIN Recital  Chabad of South Palm Beach   music from Schindler's List, Bloch, Sabbath Prayer

DEC 15 - CONCERTMASTER - Messiah Sing, Hamilton Gibson Christmas event,   Episcopal Church, Wellsboro, PA 2:30 PM

2020

JAN 5 - Violinist- Messiah Sing, Williamsport Music Club  event, Kent Weaver, Conductor   Pine Street Methodist Church, Williamsport, PA 3:00 PM

JAN 26 - FACULTY RECITAL   KENNETH SARCH, Violinist, SVETLANA RODIONOVA, Pianist - LYCOMING COLLEGE RECITAL;                           Vitali Ciaconna, Ives Second Sonata, Williams Schindler's List, Bloch Nigun, Kreisler Preludium and Allegro, Schon Rosmarin, Dvorak Slavonic Dance, Liebesleid, Joplin Paragon Rag -  Mary Welch Honors Hall, 4:00 PM

FEB 9 - RECITAL -   VIOLIN STUDENTS of KENNETH SARCH, Sides Music Center Recital Hall, Williamsport - Saturday 1:00 PM           Svetlana Rodionova, pianist       Violinists , Marlowe Jacques,  , Alejandro Quintana, William Ciabatarri

FEB 16 - HOLOCAUST VIOLIN Soloist  Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra   music from Schindler's List, Bloch Nigun with Speaker - Author David Groen; Paul Lindsay, Conductor  St. Bede Parish Hall; Williamsburg, Virginia

FEB 18- RECITAL   KENNETH SARCH, Violinist, REBECCA DAVY, Harpsichord, Organ - BRUTON PARISH CONCERT SERIES;                           Music of Handel, Sonata 4, J.S. Bach: Sonata  3 for Violin & Harpsichord, Fiocco Allegro, Unger Ashokan Farewell, Vitali Ciaconna- Bruton Parish, Colonial Williamsburg, VA, 8:00 PM

FEB  28 - CONCERTMASTER - LYCOMING COLLEGE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA: William Ciabattari, Conductor  CAC Williamsport

MAR 1 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford, Conductor - Student Soloists Concert - Mitrani Hall  2:30 PM

MAR 24 - Violinist - Williamsport Music Club  - Amy Beach Violin Sonata - Kristin Ivers, pianist;  Sides Music Center, Williamsport  7 P.M.

MAR 28 - Violinist- Bucknell University Chorus Orchestra, Bach Cantata   Weis Concert Hall, Lewisburg PA 7:30 PM

APR 4 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford, Conductor -Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Borodin - Mitrani Hall  7:30 PM

APR 5 - Violinist -Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra - Robert Helmacy, Conductor; Tchaikovsky 5 - Montrose PAt  3 PM

APR 18 - CONCERTMASTER - LYCOMING COLLEGE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA: William Ciabattari, Conductor  CAC Williamsport

APR 19 - Violinist -Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra - Robert Helmacy, Conductor; Tchaikovsky 5 - Tunkannock Tunkhannock, PA  3 PM


Revised March 4, 2020      website links are brown  and external links are green.

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