Contact: Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Bradford, Pa. – A free concert, “An Evening of Baroque and Beyond,” will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center, the first in a new chamber concert series.
The concert will feature violinist Kim Whitney and harpsichordist Mark Lungershausen playing a selection of works by Haydn, Mozart, J.S. Bach, and Handel.
“We’re excited to offer this concert series to the community,” said Matthew Hileman, the museum’s manager. “In keeping with Marilyn Horne’s vision to support the art of recital and classical performance, it was one of my first priorities to create a chamber concert series that would feature regional musicians at no charge to our local community.”
“An Evening of Baroque and Beyond” is the first of six chamber concerts that will take place monthly at Marilyn Horne Hall. Each concert will have its own repertoire and will vary in size and scope from duets to quintets and vocalists. The Nov. 8 performance will be held in the intimate setting of the museum’s theater, which was created to resemble the Baroque elegance of Venice’s famed Teatro la Fenice.
Whitney and Lungershausen are both residents of Olean, N.Y. Whitney has performed numerous solo recitals throughout her career. As a freelance instrumentalist in the Central Florida area, she performed with many artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Liberace, Henry Mancini, Andy Williams and Ray Charles. She has served as concertmaster and principal with orchestras from Central Florida to Western New York and is the executive director of the Southern Tier Symphony.
Lungershausen is in his 14th year of teaching music at Hinsdale (N.Y.) Central School. He holds a Master of Music Education from Boston University. Specializing in keyboard instruments, Lungershausen plays both piano and harpsichord with the Southern Tier Symphony and Southern Tier Swing Band. On Nov. 8 he will be bringing his John Challis single-manual harpsichord to play in the museum’s theater.
The Marilyn Horne Museum Chamber Concert Series is provided in part by a grant from The Year of Healthy U. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Scientific studies have shown that classical music can have a positive impact on adults and children suffering from stress, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and even epilepsy. This concert series is designed to offer classical music experiences to both newcomers to the genre and seasoned patrons.
Space for this event is very limited. Reservations are required. More information can be found on the museum’s website, marilynhorne.org.
Update: 10/23/17 Tickets are no longer available for this event. Follow us online or sign up for our newsletters to stay informed about upcoming events.
September 13, 2017
Contact: Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Bradford, PA -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has received a gift of more than $200,000 from the estate of Naomi Carlson. The University used the bulk of the gift for the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center, a project in which Carlson was particularly interested. The University placed the remaining $44,000 of the gift in Carlson's scholarship fund, The All Inclusive Scholarship. Carlson, a native of Bradford, Pennsylvania, earned her associate of science degree in liberal studies from Pitt-Bradford in 2006 at the age of 75.
To commemorate Carlson's gift, the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center has named the lobby's grand staircase in her honor.
“Naomi was such a huge fan of Marilyn Horne,” said Jill M. Dunn, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. “She was proud of the fact that Marilyn was a renowned superstar from Bradford. It's only fitting that Naomi has a naming in this museum.”
Carlson worked for the Bell Atlantic Company from 1950 until 1988. In 1975, she began work on a college degree, which she thought would help her move up the corporate ladder at Bell. After earning 12 credits through the College Level Examination Program, which awards students credits by testing their knowledge, she began taking one class per semester at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford while working full time.
In 1983, Bell Atlantic transferred Carlson to the city of Warren. Although making her home there, she continued to commute to Bradford to attend class. Contending with driving late at night, often in bad weather, she eventually had to give her to give up her studies after only three semesters. Five years later, she returned to Bradford to care for her elderly parents.
The semester after her mother died, she re-enrolled at Pitt-Bradford and graduated in 2006. That same year, she established a scholarship for promising and deserving students who demonstrated financial need while making satisfactory progress toward a college degree. Between 2007 and 2017, her scholarship fund helped 12 students achieve their goals.
“Naomi's thoughtful support of scholarships ensures that many more deserving students will have the opportunity to attend Pitt-Bradford,” Dunn said. “Over the years, she saw the impact that her scholarship was making on the lives of our students and their families, and wanted to do more. That was when she let us know about her plans to include the university into her estate plans. We will be forever grateful to her for her love of Pitt-Bradford.”
For more information on planning an estate gift, contact Jill Dunn, at 814-362-5091 or email@example.com.
August 11, 2017
Contact: Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
BRADFORD, Pa. -- Carol and Larry Killian are true Bradford boosters, but they were neither born nor raised in the city.
The Lebanon Valley couple has adopted Bradford as its honorary hometown and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as its honorary alma mater. Recently, they showed their fondness for the university and its new pillar for downtown – the Marilyn Horne Museum – with a generous gift.
The Killians’ gift sponsored the exhibit of replica costumes for various Marilyn Horne roles and interactive listening stations where visitors can hear the world-famous opera singer talk about her performances. However, they had never even seen Bradford in person until Carol Killian retired from her teaching career. Her in-person introduction to the city began with a retirement joke. For many years, she had seen Bradford mentioned on her evening weather report as the coldest spot in Pennsylvania. She would joke with her fellow teachers that when she retired, she was going to visit Bradford. At her retirement party, someone gave her tourist information for Bradford. “This looks pretty nice,” she thought, and decided to visit Bradford after all. A friend went with her.
They liked Bradford. Just before leaving, they were standing on Jackson Avenue when “a proper lady dressed for church with white gloves approached them and asked if they were looking for beautiful homes,” Larry Killian said. The women said yes and took the woman’s information, promising to call if they returned.
Carol returned and called the stranger, who turned out to be Naomi Carlson, a spunky Swedish septuagenarian who was retired and earning her associate’s degree at Pitt-Bradford.
This time Carlson showed up in sneakers with hair tucked up under a baseball cap. “That was the real Naomi,” Larry Killian said. “She and Carol became good friends.”
Carol started visiting Bradford with her new beau, Larry, and the two were married at the Mountain Laurel Inn in Bradford. They even moved to Bradford and lived here five years before returning to the Lebanon Valley for health reasons.
Carlson introduced the Killians to the people, places and history of the area.
“Bradford was like a step back into our youth because Bradford has a Main Street, and when you leave town, you’re in the forest. So many places these days are one suburban development after another,” Larry Killian said.
Carlson also introduced the Killians to Pitt-Bradford, where they immediately felt at home.
“You go to an event at Pitt-Bradford, and you feel like you belong,” he said. “We quickly became attached to the university because of the people there and what it does for the town.”
The Killians followed Carlson’s example and became a donor to Pitt-Bradford, supporting first a scholarship in honor of their families, then the museum. Although their friend Carlson died in 2015, they returned to Bradford in May for the dedication of the Marilyn Horne Museum and hope to visit it again this fall.
The 3,400 square-foot, state-of-the-art Marilyn Horne Museum features artifacts, lavish costumes, interactive touchscreen exhibits, and a theater space that recreates the look and feel of an 18th-century Italian opera house.
Born in Bradford in 1934, Horne has been called “the greatest singer in the world” by Opera News and has performed for presidents and princes around the world. The idea for the museum came about when she donated her personal and foundation archives to the University of Pittsburgh.
The museum, located on Marilyn Horne Way in downtown Bradford, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.
Additional naming opportunities for the museum remain. To make a donation, contact Jill Ballard, executive director of institutional advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-362-5091.