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Thursday, August 20, 2009

‘Circle of Fifths’ music extravaganza Saturday

2) Musicians (from left) Larry Herbstritt, Jeff Kazimer and Tom Shaffer during an earlier Merten Music Award benefit dinner/dance.
Stephanie Symans (left) and Sarah White of the teen band, Glass Onion

“It’s all about the music,” says Larry Herbstritt of Coudersport, a man who knows more than a little about the topic.

He’s talking about the Robert Merten Circle of Fifths Music Award Benefit Concert to be held on Saturday night (Aug. 22) at the Coudersport Golf Club.

Not only will Potter County’s teen idols of the 1960s, Ollie and the Go Gos, return to play favorites – including songs they’ve never performed publicly before – but area musicians are also rising to the occasion to fill the night with musical variety.

The fund-raiser is set for 5-11 pm. Tickets are $25 for the concert, buffet dinner and gratuity, with serving from 5 to 7:30. Cost for those attending the concert, without dinner, is $10.

“This has really come together well,” said Herbstritt, who went on from his Coudersport roots to compose top hits, movie scores, television show themes and other notable works.

He has pulled together a musical menu that so far includes:

--Opening by vocalist John Peet

--Classical piano pieces by Luke Patterson and Rosemary Wells

--Jazz guitar by Mike Kamper

--Vocalist Anne Acker and friends

--Glass Onion, consisting of Stephanie Symans, Sara White, Hannah Wise, Gabe Trimbur and Adam Dow
--Derek Brookens, a winner of the Robert Merten Circle of Fifths Scholarship for 2009

--Guitar solo by Bobby Brown

--Guitarist and vocalist Shane Whitney

--Ollie and the Go Gos, with Larry Herbstritt, Allen Berfield, Carl Butler, Charlie Cole, Dave Anderson and Jay Pinsince, joined later by Jeff Kazimer and Tom Shaffer.

Previous Circle of Fifths events have drawn an interesting collection of nostalgia buffs eager to relive the ‘60s, newcomers to the community, along with members of the younger generation trying to gain an appreciation for what all the fuss is about.

A local committee organizes this benefit annually to honor the memory of the Rev. Robert B. Merten, and to develop the talents of local musicians through a scholarship. The award as a tribute to the clergyman, intellectual, and musician who died in January 2006. It is presented annually to a college-bound student who plans to study music.

Tickets are available at the Second Street Roost and Olga’s Living With Art, both on East Second Street in Coudersport, or at the door. Submitted by Jane Metzger

10 comments :

Anonymous said...

One more addition to the program: singer Kristin Dubots. She is good. This will be an excellent show and a fun night. Mike Betz might be bringing along big brother Don from Maryland. Other "celebrities" from Coudersport's past will also be surprise guests.

Anonymous said...

I didn't see Dennis Barnett, drummer for Ollie & The Go Gos, mentioned. Will he be a part of the group this year?

Anonymous said...

Yes, "Fred" Barnett will be there, too, for sure. His name was inadvertantly omitted.
He is an excellent drummer who continue to pound the skins professionally after leaving Potter County in the 1960s.

Anonymous said...

I hate to sound unkind, but could someone PLEASE convince Larry Herbstritt to get a different hairstyle?? His is a terrible combination of the dreaded COMB-OVER and the "Prince Valiant" look. It's embarrassing for Coudersport and I'm not even related to him!

Anonymous said...

What about Stephanie Symans hair ? If your gonna mock poor Larry you can't let Stephanie slip by.

Anonymous said...

Hair comments -- you people are real asses.

Anonymous said...

People who leave rude comments are an embarrassment - not intelligent, articulate and gifted musicians.

Anonymous said...

ditto on the 2 comments above 3:31 & 5:27 PM. hope a lot of folks turn out for the concert. it will be awesome as usual. The Symans girl rocks.

Anonymous said...

I heard there was going to be a guest appearance Darrell and Darlene Dildine also.....

Anonymous said...

You rock Stephanie!!!