Concordia Benefit to Feature Tribute to Marion Nakashima

By Roy Ziegler

Jeffrey Khaner

A new work by Philadelphia composer, David Laganella, will be premiered at the annual benefit concert for the Concordia Chamber Players on October 3 at the Nakashima Studio in New Hope. The Trio for guitar, flute and cello has been dedicated to the memory of Marion Nakashima who recently passed away. She was the widow of the world-renowned architect, designer and wood craftsman, George Nakashima, and mother of Kevin Nakashima and Mira Nakashima-Yarnell.

Jeffrey Khaner, the principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will head the program that includes Allen Krantz, solo guitarist and chamber musician whose recordings are available on the DTR label and Concordia’s artistic director, popular cellist, Michelle Djokic.

“We are so genuinely pleased to have Jeffrey Khaner heading this remarkable program,” noted Djokic. “Jeffrey is one of today’s most distinguished orchestral musicians. He has been the principal flutist for the Philadelphia Orchestra for fourteen years and has released three critically acclaimed solo CD’s and Allen Krantz has been acclaimed throughout the United States for his virtuosity and creativity,” she added.

The special benefit concert will also present Handel’s Sonata in F major for flute and continuo, Ferdinand Carulli’s Serenade for flute and guitar, Agustin Barrios’s “An Alm for the Love of God” and Schubert’s Sonata in D major.

The Nakashima studio is located in Aquetong Road. A tour of the studio to be held at 2 PM and a champagne reception including sumptuous hors d’oeuvres for the artists and audience after the performance are included in the admission price of $150. Tickets can be reserved by calling 215-862-5972. Proceeds from the benefit will help fund Concordia’s regular season concerts will begin on November 7, 2004 at 3 PM with works by Dahl. Barber and Brahms at the Stephen Buck Theater in New Hope.

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