What: Classical Music Celebration
When: Saturday, August 5th, from 1 p.m.-on
Where: Hotel Fauchere, Milford, PA
Info: www.kindredspiritsarts.org

MILFORD - The borough of Milford, PA, will host its second annual Classical Music Celebration on Saturday, August 5th, from 1 p.m. into the evening.

Musicians and ensembles from the tri-state area and even Boston will converge in Pike County and perform all day with a variety of instruments and musical styles. 

Strings, Brass, and Song

The music will start at 1 p.m. with a grand opening at the Hotel Fauchere featuring the Ivani String Quartet from Boston. The Ivani's musicians have performed with a who's who of boldface ensembles and won numerous prizes, including the Plowman Chamber Music Competition.

Other performers will include the award-winning Englewinds "Eco-Music" Ensemble (at the gazebo in Ann Street Park), the Quintessence Brass (playing for the second year at the Dimmick Inn), the Romantic Rose Trio (violin, viola, and cello), and the Tri-State Chorale under Matthew Rupcich (presenting Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer as well as other music at the United Methodist Church). When the schedule is finalized it will be posted on http://www.kindredspiritsarts.org/; volunteers will also be handing out flyers on the streets during the festival, and there may be spontaneous performances by music students in the streets, as well.

The final event will be an evening gala concert at the Milford Theatre. The Hanna Q Dance Company will present a short ballet to "Spring" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons; then each group that performed during the day will play one piece. Finally, all the musicians will come together for a semi-orchestral grand finale conducted by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs' artistic director, Yosif Feigelson.

"Last summer we were trying something new when we organized this all-day, indoor-outdoor celebration of classical music, and it went better than even we had expected," says Feigelson. "This year we hope to repeat that success and, in fact, top it, because now we know the secret: First, enlist talented musicians. Second, show off Milford itself, with its leafy streets, historic buildings, shops, and people."

Kindred Spirits Arts Programs (KSAP) is an all-volunteer nonprofit whose events have been made possible by The Dime Savings Bank in Honesdale, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private and business donors.

KSAP invites everyone to visit its website -- http://www.kindredspiritsarts.org/ -- and learn more about how to support its programs through monetary donations and/or volunteering. For more information call Yosef Feigelson, 570-409-1269 or email kindredspir@yahoo.com.