Concerts to resume

August 14, 2005|By Cassandra A. Fortin | Cassandra A. Fortin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Liriodendron Foundation will resume its once-popular classical music concert series next weekend after a two-year hiatus, with a performance by pianist John Einhaus of Bel Air.

Launched in 1999, the concert series ended in 2003, not because of lack of interest, but because of lack of coordinators, says Bill Bates, president elect of the foundation.

"We have a lot of volunteers but we haven't had anyone willing to schedule the concerts," said Bates. "Dorothy Francis, our executive director, agreed to do them again, and we're very fortunate that she has."

Francis said it's fitting that Einhaus kick off the series because he played the initial concert in the first incarnation of the program six years ago.

Einhaus studied at the Peabody Preparatory and transferred to Rutgers University. He's working on his doctorate at Indiana University, where he is an associate professor of piano.

"After hearing his music the first time, I just fell in love with it," Francis said "He played for us every year until we stopped doing the concerts. So I'm really looking forward to hearing him play again."

The concert is scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 21. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted at the door.

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