River House Concerts

Riverhouse Concerts

Riverhouse Concerts

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Riverhouse Concert
7pm – Wine & hors d’oevres
7:45 – Concert

5258 N. Front St, Harrisburg, PA  17110

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Dear Riverhouse Patrons,
It is with great joy that I now offer you our first program of the 2018 Summer Season, “Impressions and Struggle” featuring works by Debussy and Beethoven, plus surprises……   Stoney Creek Inn will be providing some lovely appetizers, and there will of course also be wine and water to quench your thirst.  Festivities begin at 7:00pm on Saturday, June 9th.  Because of the Wine Festival, make use of parallel parking along Front Street and all other available lots. A busy day at Fort Hunter!
The concert itself will begin at 7:45pm in the “Sanctuary”. I am pleased to once again be joined by Dr. Ken Osowski, professor of piano at York College of Pennsylvania, a wonderful musician and dear friend!
Here is a perfect opportunity to share the whole “Riverhouse Experience”.  I look forward to seeing you all again at the MID-STATE’S most unique concert venue. I am so grateful Gary Lysaght has partnered with me and other artists to share this space with the community! As a courtesy to the Riverhouse, we kindly ask patrons not to bring wine or food into the “Sanctuary” but to enjoy it in the pavilion area outside.
Thank you!

“Impressions and Struggle”

Sonata in G minor for violin and piano Claude Debussy
Le Plus Que Lent Claude Debussy
Sonata no. 3 “Ballade” Eugene Ysaye
Surprise #1
Surprise #2
Sonata no. 9  “Kreutzer” Ludwig Van Beethoven


Ken Osowski
Ken Osowski

Pianist KENNETH OSOWSKI maintains an active career as both performer and educator. Osowski has performed chamber music at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was recipient of a 2005 TMC Fellowship; Yellow Barn, where he was a three-time festival participant; Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall; and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the York Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Nevada Orchestra; as a chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Jupiter and Lydian String Quartets, Mobius Percussion, and the Mark Morris Dance Group.

Since the fall of 2007, Osowski has served as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Piano and Music Theory Studies at York College of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Chair of the Department of Communication and the Arts. In addition, he has served on the music theory faculties of the Peabody Conservatory and Johns Hopkins University. Osowski earned a doctoral degree from Peabody, a master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

Osowski is the Founder and Artistic Director of the York Chamber Players, the faculty ensemble-in- residence at York College of Pennsylvania. The group presented its inaugural concert in February 2015, a multi-media, multi-disciplinary program entitled “The Music of Fin-de- Siècle Vienna in its Cultural Context”. This event featured music by Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Mahler, and Strauss alongside the psychoanalytic theories of Freud and the art of Klimt and Schiele. Osowski frequently performs on Baltimore’s Evolution Concert Series, which is devoted to contemporary music by living composers. He has recently worked with and performed music by several distinguished composers, including Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and John Luther Adams, Judah Adashi, Martin Bresnick, Chris Cerrone, Bryce Dessner, David Smooke, and Christopher Theofanidis. Ken lives in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania with his wife Nora and their two dogs (Mookie and Benny) and three cats (Alma, Lucy, and Otis).


Violinist & Music Director Odin Rathnam

Since his critically acclaimed Lincoln Center debut in 1993, violinist Odin Rathnam has established an international career of remarkable versatility and depth. As an orchestral soloist, recitalist

and chamber musician, he has recieved unanimous praise from audiences and critics for his “innate musicianship” , “brilliant technique” and “recalling the great violinists of past generations” In 2011, he was the recipient of the DES Cultural Prize in Copenhagen, and made his debut as conductor and soloist with the Randers Chamber Orchestra, in three performances of Piazzolla’s and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Odin Rathnam’s artistry, charisma and passion are credited by many for leading the outstanding artistic development of the Harrisburg Symphony, where he served as concertmaster with distinction for 21 years. In 1995, he also created the critically acclaimed chamber ensemble, Concertante, with whom he performed and recorded for 7 years.

Mr. Rathnam’s commitment to the broader community’s success and health have led to countless benefits for cancer research, Habitat for Humanity, Allied Arts , and other charities. Equally passionate about education and arts training, he has maintained a busy schedule of master classes and residencies , from Chicago to Copenhagen, Silkeborg , Lagos, New York, Michigan, Maryland, and more…Many of his students have gone on to become members of orchestras around the world, concertmasters, chamber musicians ,soloists, and teachers.

Recent and upcoming engagemnts include the concerti of Korngold , Brahms, Beethoven , Bruch, Kreisler, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Piazzolla and Vivaldi.


The Riverhouse, the site of this concert series, was built in 2014 and is the artistic creation of Gary Lysaght, who designed and built the house with the aid of just a handful of workers.  The imposing facade harmonizes with the adjacent buildings of historic Fort Hunter Park.  Step inside, and you enter a modernistic world of soaring heights, with the broad Susquehanna River providing an ever-changing vista through the structure’s western wall, entirely of glass.  Attracted by the unique beauty of the Riverhouse and its excellent acoustics, violinist Odin Rathnam has chosen the site for a series of intimate concerts.  Odin and Gary welcome you and hope you enjoy these special evenings where music, nature, wine and good food will come together with people in a truly unique musical and sensory experience.

“When Gary first gave me a tour of the residence, I was immediately struck by the open, light feel of the space, the way Nature is drawn in through the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the River, Rockville Bridge and mountains, and the perfect acoustics that the vaulted space and maple floors help to provide”, Rathnam notes.”  I am humbled and fortunate to have been afforded this opportunity to partner with Gary in bringing something new and beautiful to the community that has been such a huge support and factor in my own career and artistic development for 26 years.  We aim to create a series of concerts based on the convergence of sight, sound, taste and the ambiance of this gem of a venue and share that with 60 to 70 guests, four or five times a year.  As Artistic Director, I look forward to bringing many exceptional colleagues and friends together, as we explore and present great works from the chamber music repertoire, pieces off the beaten track, and diverse styles and disciplines.  There will be surprises, all given in the spirit of Art and Love.”