Friday Evening Music Club

Mission

To draw area performers and audiences for shared artistic programs and camaraderie, and to encourage excellence in young musicians through performance and scholarship.

About the Friday Evening Music Club 

FEMC was founded in 1944 to promote the performing arts in Westmoreland County and give musicians a place to practice and socialize. It is a community of area musicians, some of whom are private music teachers, but many who work in other fields and enjoy music-making as an avocation. Some club members simply enjoy being part of the organization by attending the concerts; the concerts are open to members and non-members alike.

“There’s really no other [group] like it. It allows you to make connections, it allows you to meet people that you would not ordinarily meet.” ~ Matt Klumpp, member and pianist

In 1969, FEMC’s leadership helped to found the Westmoreland Symphony. Reuniting with them fosters the musical growth of our shared community, with mutual support, stability, and strength. We have common interests and common fellowship, but also provide unique avenues into the experience and sharing of great classical music. We now celebrate our shared roots and come back home to be together again.

Recital Dates

  • September 23, 2022 – Season Opener – Campana Chapel
  • November 18, 2022 – American Music Month – First United Methodist Church
  • January 27, 2023 – Student Recital – Campana Chapel
  • February 24, 2023 – Organ Highlights – First United Methodist Church
  • March 24, 2023 – Spring Breaks – Campana Chapel
  • April 28, 2023 – Season Finale – Campana Chapel

Venues

First United Methodist Church: 15 E 2nd St, Greensburg, PA 15601
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg – Campana Chapel: 150 Finoli Dr, Greensburg, PA 15601 University of Pittsburgh Greensburg Webpage | PDF Map

Past Recitals

  • May 20, 2022 – Tutti Flutti – This month featured six flutists, six pianists, and a rhythm section of guest Seton Hill graduates: Lindsey Lamagna, traps and Teddy DiSanti, bass. This team performed French pianist/composer Claude Bolling’s popular Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio, which he wrote for flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal. Flute/piano duos performed the 7-part suite, and included members Christina Andrae, Michele Boulet, Nina Edgar and Joan Kotjarapoglus, and guests Grace Collier and Chuck Kauric on flute; pianists were members Sylvia Andrae, Hazel Braun, Beverly Hritz, Matt Klumpp and John Kulik, with guest Matt Diesel. The Suite’s 7 movements are: Baroque and Blue, Sentimentale, Javanaise, Fugace, Irlandaise, Versatile (for flute and bass flute!) and Veloce. Opening the program was a work composed by member Morrie Brand. His Flute Concerto will be premiered by dedicatee Evelyn Markle, with Matt Klumpp on piano.
  • April 29, 2022 –  April in Paris – Pianist Dr. T. J. Maroon performed the first movement of Debussy’s wonderful Suite Bergamasque. Mezzo-soprano Savannah Simeone presented 20th-century works by Judith Cloud, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Benjamin Britten. Guest soprano Mary Vanden Berk took us on a historical tour, performing music from the 12th, 19th, and 21st centuries, featuring composers Hildegard von Bingen, Vincenzo Bellini, and Philippe Rombi. Former principal trumpeter of the WSO’s youth orchestra Christopher Cox performed the first movement of the famous Hummel Trumpet Concerto and the Morceau de Concert by J.C. Pennequin.
  • February 25, 2022  – Organ Highlights – Featured this month were our Mildred Gardner Scholarship Winner, Kaitlyn Dotson, a Franklin Regional senior, who will be majoring in flute performance this fall. Kaitlyn and pianist Matt Klumpp performed Fauré’s short, beautiful Morceau de Concours, written for the sight-reading exam at the Paris Conservatory in 1896, which they followed with the first movement of Prokofiev’s blockbuster Flute Sonata, composed during WWII. New member, mezzo-soprano Savannah Simeone, accompanied by Josie Merlino, sang Erbarme dich, mein Gott, um meiner Zähren Willen! from St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach and King David, by Herbert Howells. Both of these composers were organists. Matt Klumpp closed the program at the organ, with Suite Gothique, French composer, Léon Boëllmann’s best-known composition for organ.
  • November 19, 2021 –  American Music Month
  • October 22, 2021 – Season Opener – Autumn Leaves

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