March Music Happenings!

Enjoy the Winter Jazz Fest & Simple Gifts musical duo!


by Home Page Staff, Diane Eaton - March 4, 2015

Winter Jazz Fest!

It’s time to get “All Jazzed Up” – the Endless Mountain Music Festival’s Winter Jazz Fest is this weekend, March 6-8, here in Wellsboro.

There will be Friday and Saturday evening concerts, a Saturday morning jazz workshop and Sunday brunch with live music by a jazz artist.

The Oswego Jazz Project concert is Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre, 104 Main Street. Eric Schmitz on drums, Trevor Jorgensen on saxophone, Robert Auler at the piano and Danny Ziemann on bass will perform a range of jazz styles, including standards, Latin, ballads, contemporary selections and original compositions. The faculty jazz quartet-in-residence at SUNY Oswego, the ensemble has been playing together since 2006 with Ziemann joining them last year.

Audience members will be seated at tables, cabaret style. Snacks and beverages will be available at the concert. Auler said, “It’s all about the music. We want people to come out and have a great time.”

At 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, there will be a jazz workshop with the Oswego Jazz Project and Bram Wijnands in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre. Free and open to the public, the workshop is for jazz lovers of all ages, those who play and those who listen.

Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m., jazz pianist Bram Wijnands will play barrelhouse blues and boogie-woogie in the Penn Wells Hotel dining room. Dinner will be from 5:00 to 7:15 p.m. followed by Wijnands’ performance. “I love talking with the audience and want them to have as much fun as I do.” says Wijnands.

Born in the Netherlands, Wijnands has taught jazz piano at the University of Missouri’s Conservatory of Music since 2000. He has performed with many jazz luminaries.

Sunday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be brunch at the Penn Wells Hotel featuring music by a jazz artist.

A Winter Jazz Fest weekend pass is $90. It includes the Friday and Saturday concerts, Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch. Individual concert tickets are $25, prix fixe dinner is $25 and brunch is $17.

For a weekend pass or tickets, call the Endless Mountain Music Festival at (570) 787-7800 or email

To make reservations for the prix fixe dinner and brunch, call the Penn Wells Hotel at (570) 724-2111.

Simple Gifts Concert!

Another opportunity to hear some great music is happening on March 13th with Simple Gifts, who will be performing at the Deane Center Coolidge Theatre at 7:30pm. Simple Gifts is a combination of the talents of Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. If you enjoyed the Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy concert in February, you will be interested to know that Simple Gifts has toured with them in the past.

“Two women + twelve instruments = one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage! Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style.
Simple Gifts is frequently complimented on their stage presence, which is warm, personal, and accented with humor.” (Source:

You will get to enjoy the music in a more relaxed cabaret style seating. Admission is $20 and there is limited seating, so purchase your tickets soon. For more information, please visit the Deane Center website at or call (570) 724-6220.


Writing: Rhonda Pearson, Diane Eaton


Produced by Vogt Media

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