Soundscape was initiated by Market Square Concerts in the 2008-2009 concert season. Since its inception, students from the Capital Area School for the Arts, St. Stephens Episcopal School, Sci-Tech High School, the Harrisburg Academy, the Nativity School and many others have attended Soundscape presentations by world-class musicians from the St. Lawrence and Cypress string quartets, Trio Solisti, Mendelssohn Piano Trio, as well as flutist Claire Chase and pianist Michael Brown. Local music scholars Dr. Truman Bullard, Dr. Richard Strawser and flutist Mary Hannigan have participated in multi-disciplinary sessions at the Capital Area School for the Arts and the Nativity School. Soundscape is now a regular feature of Market Square Concerts, bringing young audiences to chamber music through an organized educational program.
In 2012-13 season, exciting plans include an outreach community event at the Mid-Town Scholar bookstore on November 14, 2012 at 7 p.m., featuring the Doric String Quartet from the UK, winner of the Osaka International Competition in Japan; a special presentation to Cumberland Valley High School students in collaboration with the Harrisburg Symphony, featuring Linden Quartet, winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition with clarinetist Christopher Grymes; and a special presentation on April 25, 2013 at noon in partnership with Whitaker Center, featuring the Four Nations Ensemble with Music From China. Andrew Appel, artistic director of the Four Nations Ensemble, President of the Board of Chamber Music America, and an extraordinary music educator will lead this special presentation.
In addition to the educational program, Soundscape will continue to make free admission possible to all of our concerts for school-aged children as well as $5 tickets for college/university students and faculty. We are also able to offer $5 tickets for accompanying parents or siblings.
The Derek C. and Margaret I. Hathaway Foundation, Franklin H. & Ruth L. Wells Foundation, McInroy Sheffer People Trust as well as Mid Penn Bank through the EITC program, have all been generous supporters of Soundscape.