Free Chamber Concert at Marilyn Horne Hall on January 17

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – January 4, 2018 – The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center will present the third program in its seven-part chamber music series on January 17 at 7 p.m. This month’s performance will feature the talents of five regional educators who make up the chamber ensemble “Quintessential”.

The program, entitled “A Night of Dances”, will feature traditional dance compositions including the jig, the waltz, the bolero, the tango, the polka and three shanties for wind quintet. Composers include Malcolm Arnold, Justin Harden, Denes Agay and Dmitri Shostakovich among others.

The instrumentalists include Nicole Zenns (flute), Mona Lungershausen (oboe), Chryste Mallory (clarinet), Kasey Way (bassoon), and Dana Bennett (French horn).  All live in Western New York and each teaches at public schools throughout our region, from Salamanca to Fredonia.

“Each of these chamber concerts has featured a very different repertoire,” said museum manager Matthew Hileman. “I’m delighted that we’re able to educate and entertain audiences at the same time by offering a variety of musical styles and instruments.”

“Quintessential” is a quintet comprised of a talented group of women who have dedicated their lives to education. Nicole Zenns maintains an active performance schedule in addition to being a public school music teacher. Chryste Mallory is a music educator with the Lancaster Central School District and has worked as an adjunct professor at SUNY Fredonia. Mona Lungershausen is in her fourth year of teaching at Salamanca City Central School and Kasey Way has been teaching at Bemus Point Elementary School for twelve years. Dana Bennett, who organized the January performance, is a music teacher in the Cassadaga Valley Central School District. In addition to being a professional horn player, she is also a Highland bagpiper.

Space for these concert performances is limited. Reservations are required by calling 814-362-7990 or by emailing More information about the museum and its chamber concert series can be found at

About the Concert Series

The Marilyn Horne Museum Chamber Concert Series is provided in part by a grant from The Year of Healthy U. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  Music is an integral part of the human experience and contributes to the richness of our lives.  Scientific studies have shown that classical music can have a positive impact on adults and children suffering from stress, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and even epilepsy.  This concert series is designed to offer classical music experiences to both newcomers to the genre and seasoned patrons.

Concert dates:
December 6 – January 17 – February 14 – March 14 – April 11

About the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center

The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center is a division of the University of Pittsburgh.  The museum’s mission is to further interest in the art of opera and to inspire and educate new generations on the importance of art, culture and philanthropy through the life, achievements, and personal archives of renowned mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne. The 3,400 square-foot exhibition space features 19 interactive exhibits, a documentary film, costumes, and artifacts from the personal archives of Marilyn Horne. Open daily. Admission is free.