River House Concerts

Riverhouse Concerts
Riverhouse Concerts

Saturday, Sept 8th Riverhouse Concert
Odin Rathnam, Morag Northey and Ken Osowski!

5258 N. Front St, Harrisburg, PA  17110


The Sept. 8 Riverhouse Concert is sold out.
We’ll be announcing future concerts shortly.  


Dear Riverhouse Patrons,

Gary Lysaght and I are delighted to once again welcome you to the Sanctuary at the Riverhouse, on September 8th, at 6;30 pm. Our program, titled, Tangos, poems and Gypsy Airs, features a veritable “smorgasbord” of works by composers, including Kreisler, Sarasate, Chausson, Saint- Saens and others that will take you on an exhilarating and poetic journey through the sounds of many cultures and times, even into the Present.
Joining me for this evening of chamber music are my beloved partner, cellist/ singer/songwriter Morag Northey and pianist Ken Osowski.

As always, plan on arriving for appetizers and refreshments at 6:30 and enjoy the evening sun. The concert will then begin at 7:15 pm.

We are delighted to have several group sales secured and 35 of the 70 available seats are already sold. So if you are a one of our regular supporters, PLEASE secure your spots ASAP with the PayPal button on this page. We anticipate closing sales before week’s end. We also hope to announce both our 2019 summer season and an exciting new corporate partnership by the September 8th concert- STAY TUNED for much more on that!

Musically Yours,
Odin Rathnam and Gary Lysaght

“Tangos, Poems and Gypsy Airs”

An evening with Odin Rathnam, Morag Northey and Ken Osowski,

6:30 pm reception with appetizers and refreshments,
7:15 concert.

Program to be announced from the stage.

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.

Morag Northey

Morag Northey
Morag Northey
photo by Francis Willey

Morag Northey’s 35 year career in classical performance, string pedagogy, passion for creating unique multi-genre art, and transformative instructional philosophies have shaped the artistic development of generations of young Canadian cellists. Her uncanny ability to unlock blocks in her students’ connections with expression and the service of Art comes from an impeccably honest, non-judgmental, caring and safe place. This philosophy and method is shared equally with beginning, conservatory track, professional and avocational players.
Morag Northey began her cello studies at the age of twelve, with Judith Fraser and Ian Hampton at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She then attended the Banff Centre with artists that include Zara Nelsova, Aldo Parisot and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and has since participated as a cross-over multi-genre music, sound, theatre and film artist. Morag holds an Associate of Arts in Pedagogy and Performance from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College studying with James Hunter. She earned a Toronto Professional Orchestral Training Program certificate where she performed in masterclass for Janos Starker and has a BA in Performance from the University of Texas at Austin with teacher and pedagogue Phyllis Young. Morag taught cello lessons, theory, ensemble classes and conducted youth orchestras in the UT at Austin’s ground-breaking String Project, from 1985 to 1989.
Morag has maintained a large cello studio over the last 35 years in Vancouver, Texas and Calgary including individual and group lessons from early childhood, through teen and adult levels. Training in the Suzuki and Kodaly Methods, brought her to teach at the Calgary Suzuki Talent Education Society. Morag teaches Early Childhood Cello on faculty at Calgary’s Mount Royal University Conservatory and has been invited for three years to teach and perform at Marilyn Rummel and the Island Mountain Arts Harp and Cello Music Camp in Wells B.C. For fifteen years, she has conducted summer Cello and String Boot Camps, drawing from her wide range of experience to help students develop both classically and experimentally. From young students, learning their first bow hold at age three, to university entrance and advanced career counselling, the philosophy of love based, uncompromising nurturing is her constant goal. Her student, Elizabeth Jones, was recently accepted into the studio of Andreas Diaz at the Dallas TX, Southern Methodist University, and her student, Lizzy Munson is now one of Cirque Du Soleil’s youngest talents performing in Las Vegas as a Singer and Cellist in the show KA.

Morag’s 2009 Album ‘This is the Life’ is a testament to her own, experience-based expressions as a singer, songwriter, cellist and pianist. She was awarded the Calgary 2015 Betty Mitchell Award for “Outstanding Theatrical Composition” for work in Butcher, Alberta Theatre Projects, and has performed as soloist, and orchestral cellist, singer, songwriter, poet and listening ear, for athletes and coaches at the 2010 Olympics. As part of the games she played for the Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean , and at the 2015 Canada Winter Games – performed her classical concert ‘Unstoppable Love’ with commentary about the multi-dimensional realities and characteristics of Love. Morag was honoured to play and sing the Opening Blessing of the Canada Winter Games in collaboration with a Lheidli T’enneh, First Nation Elder and Drummer.
Morag’s ‘Red Venus Blue Tango’ were a closing band for the Dalai Lama ‘Now’ tour and her work as composer, arranger, cellist, singer and co-producer on Kristoph Franz’s theologically inspired ‘Lilies of the Field’ album resulted in a nomination for “Outstanding Inspirational Album of the Year” Gospel Music Association of Canada’s 29th annual Covenant Awards, 2007.
As a way to give back to her community, Morag created a series of solo concerts called ‘Together Calgary’ which offered healing release and sound therapy through uninterrupted hours of improvised cello and voice. She performed a year cycle of ‘Full Moon Walks’ in Calgary’s Fish Creek Park encouraging audiences to reconnect with Nature through guided tours accompanied by cello, song and motivational discussions. Together Calgary and the Full Moon Series lead to Morag’s 2014, 720 kilometre Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage across France and Spain, carrying her cello and playing and singing everywhere and anytime invited. With her first Camino step she spawned a “Walk On” project, encouraging those troubled, to move healthfully through and out of difficulties.
Morag added Playwrite to her description as she performed the world premiere of her play “17” as part of the Sunset Theatre 2017 Exploration Series in Wells B.C. “When Emptiness Turns Inside Out” ~ 17 tells a dramatic story with inseparable connection between cello, voice, words and worlds.
“A distinguished virtuoso, her playing enraptures our mind with an artistry that brings blissful pleasures to the soul.” The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean

“one of the most passionate, unique, sensitive and expressive musicians I have ever encountered in all my years. I came to her to study the cello and my eyes were opened up to new worlds of possibilities in music practice and performance born first from inner peace.
When you hear her cello voice, you will be truly touched.” – Bruce Hildesheim, B. Mus., Juilliard School

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).

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.”