Posted Monday, October 31st, 2016
RARE PROGRAM OF WORKS BY GERMAN COMPOSER, MARIA LINNEMANN
A unique music program entitled “Recaptured Moment: The Music of Maria Linnemann” will be featured on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 3-4 p.m. at the Morris County Library in the Whippany section of Hanover Township.
The program is free and open to the public, with general admission seating.
Classical guitar duo, Darren O’Neill and Cheryl Terhune Cronk, will bring together Linnemann’s exquisite musical portraits of people and places; evocatively etched for four hands, twelve strings.
For O’Neill, it is a venue close to home: In addition to being a talented musician, he is the Chief Librarian and Head of Reference Services at the County Library.
Linnemann was born in Amsterdam in 1947 and grew up in England. She attended the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1966 to 1970, studying piano, violin, and conducting. Since 1971 she has been living in Germany, where she works in music pedagogy. She has written musicals, guitar pieces, and more than 100 songs of all kinds.
O’Neill has this to say about her music: “Maria Linnemann’s music is the perfect antidote to this fractious political season. Indeed, her life’s work can be viewed as a testament to the transformative power of music. There is an immediacy to her compositions which speaks directly to an audience.
“In addition, her music is extremely introspective. With an economy of means, she can invoke potent feelings of yearning and nostalgia.
O’Neill noted that Linnemann, who is approaching her 70th birthday, is quite well known in Europe and Asia, but not so in the United States.
O’Neill and Cronk are both accomplished musicians.
Cheryl Terhune Cronk is a guitarist, composer, vocalist, music teacher and a sometimes banjo player, pianist and fiddler. Her music career has taken her from serious music as a classical guitarist and composer to a songwriter with lyricists Kent LaRue, K.C. Gingras and Deborah Scala.
Cheryl’s music works and collaborations include pieces for guitar, both solo and ensemble. She currently performs as a classical guitarist in the Gallagher & Mills Duo which is working on a program of Latin pieces from around the world.
Darren O’Neill is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University and serves as Coordinator of Guitar Studies in the John J. Cali School of Music.
As a member of Trio Brioso (flute, viola, and guitar) he gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1997 as the result of winning the Artists International New York Debut Competition. As a member of the Nova Segno Duo (with Dennis Cinelli), he has performed and recorded on antique instruments from the historic collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was featured in the 2011 exhibition, Guitar Heroes.
The Nov. 6 music program is part of an effort by new County Library Director, Susan Calantone, to draw more people into the library; not just for books, DVD’s and other materials but for group programming and to have county residents view the library as a vibrant focal point for the entire county community.
For more information on the program, please contact Darren O’Neill: [email protected]