First of Four Summer Lecture Installments Covering the Instruments of the Orchestra

ATLANTIC CITY/BRIDGETON, NJ —Start your journey through the instruments of the orchestra by learning about the woodwinds at the first installment of the free summer music lectures by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay Atlantic Symphony.

This installment, taking place in four counties from June 13 to 16, will start the survey of each instrument section of the orchestra—recognition through sight and sound, as well as how the instruments produce their sound. The lectures will follow score order—how the instruments are listed in the conductor’s score.

The first installment of lectures will occur on Monday, June 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Ocean County Library, Little Egg Harbor Branch, 290 Mathistown Rd., Little Egg Harbor Township and from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Community Event Room of the Vineland Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland; Tuesday, June 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Ocean City Public Library, Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City; and Thursday, June 16, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at the Bloom Pavilion, 101 S. Huntington  Ave. (across from the Margate Public Library parking lot), Margate, NJ.

Future summer lectures—at the same times—will include a surveys of the brass instruments on Monday, June 27 (Little Egg Harbor and Vineland), Tuesday, June 28 (Ocean City), and Thursday, June 30 (Margate); percussion instruments, keyboards, and harp on Monday, July 11 (Vineland), Tuesday, July 12 (Ocean City), Thursday, July 14 (Margate—at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave.) and Monday, July 18 (Little Egg Harbor); and strings on Monday, July 25 (Little Egg Harbor and Vineland), Tuesday, July 26 (Ocean City), and Thursday, July 28 (Margate Public Library).

This series is in addition to the monthly music lectures series, sponsored by the Symphony and given by Somers, which runs from September through May at the Ocean County Library, Little Egg Harbor Branch; Ocean City Public Library; Vineland Public Library; and the Margate Public Library.

Somers, Adult Education Director for the Bay Atlantic Symphony and co-founder of Maurice River Music with his wife Janet, is also a composer and a performer, who was for 25 years the harpsichordist for the Virtuoso Strings of New York. For 10 years, he was a reviewer for the Star-Ledger.

The lectures are co-sponsored by the libraries in which they are given.

For further information, call the Bay Atlantic Symphony at (856) 451-1169, or Somers at Maurice River Music at (856) 506-0580. For the Cape May County series, you can also call the Ocean City Public Library at (609) 399-2434; for the Ocean County series, you can also call the Ocean County Library, Little Egg Harbor Branch at (609) 294-1197; for the Cumberland County series, you can also call the Vineland Public Library at (856) 794-4244; and for the Atlantic County series, you can also call the Margate Public Library at (609) 822-4700.