For more than 20 years, the Sunday Arts Hour has brought beautiful music to our area. This free concert series alternates locations between PCCA’s own Landis House, the historic Fetter House and New Hope United Church of Christ. Join the tradition and savor an afternoon of beautiful music from some of Central PA’s leading musical performers.


April 15, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Landis House

Gary & Bernadette Boerckel (Classical)

This fantastic piano and soprano duo returns to Sunday Arts Hour to explore more classical and popular music. Student pianist Roman Wyatt will play a prelude to the Sunday Arts Hour performance on April 15, Claude Debussy’s Clair de lune. Roman won the 2017 Perry County’s Got Talent competition at Youth Art Day sponsored by PCCA.

Shuman and Art Songs: A Woman’s Life and Love

In 1840 Robert Schumann set to music 8 poems by Adelbert von Chamisso describing a woman’s feelings as she meets, marries, and mourns the man who became her great devotion. Schumann’s song cycle–Frauenliebe und Leben [A Woman’s Life and Love]–is one of the most beloved of all art song cycles. On April 15, soprano Bernadette Boerckel and pianist Gary Boerckel will perform the Schumann cycle followed by a selection of modern songs that tell the same story from a contemporary perspective.

Gary Boerckel is a concert pianist, conductor, lecturer and Professor emeritus of Music at Lycoming College. He has appeared as soloist with the Jupiter [New York City] Symphony, the Northeastern PA Philharmonic, the Williamsport Symphony, the Williamsport Chamber Orchestra and the Susquehanna Valley Symphony and has performed solo recitals—including lecture-recitals devoted to ragtime and early jazz—on college, university, and community artist series throughout the country. Since June 2004, Dr. Boerckel has been the host of Music to My Ears, every Sunday at 1pm on WVIA/WVYA public radio.

Bernadette Ulrich Boerckel, soprano, has been performing on stage since she was eight years old, but was not introduced to classical repertoire until her undergraduate studies at Lycoming College. She has performed in musicals (The Witch, Into the Woods and Little Mary, Little Mary Sunshine) and operas (Trial by Jury, Angelina and La Serva Padrona, Serpina), as well as in chamber recitals (Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 and Copland’s Songs of Emily Dickinson). Last February she was a featured soloist with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gerardo Edelstein, singing songs from Phantom of the Opera, Showboat, and Carousel. She is also a soprano soloist on four New World Record recordings with Rick Benjamin’s Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. Mrs. Boerckel is the Secondary Curriculum and K-12 Arts Supervisor for the Williamsport Area School District and is finishing her doctoral studies at Immaculata University. She and Gary Boerckel live in Muncy, PA with their 11-year old daughter, Madeleine, and SPCA Special, Sawyer.

Landis House is located at 67 N. Fourth Street, Newport, PA.