Odin Rathnam, Violinist

River House Concerts

Riverhouse Concerts
Riverhouse Concerts
Riverhouse Concerts
Riverhouse Concerts

Saturday, August 12, 2017   6:30pm

Sorry, the August 12, 2017 is now sold out.
Our next concert is slated for late October / early November.
Stay tuned for that announcement in the coming week.

Riverhouse Concerts
5258 N. Front St
Harrisburg, PA  17110

Dear Music lovers,

I am so delighted to now offer to you our second “Riverhouse Concerts” event , “Hot Summer Classics” in collaboration with pianist Ken Osowski, violinist Gavin Fallow, and our series host and Narrator, Gary Lysaght, on August 12th, at 6:30 pm.

Thanks to wonderful feedback from our capacity audience at the Inaugural Concert, we are designing this series with you, our audience, to provide a truly unique cultural and sensual experience like no other in the Mid-State.  First, we’ve added central-air to the room and spot lights for the stage area.  This lighter, more popular program features signature works by Gershwin from “Porgy and Bess, “Rhapsody in Blue” and works by Rideout, Shostakovich, Wieniawski , Vivaldi, Kreisler, and more, all having connections to heat and to summer, or heat in music making, as we celebrate these ephemeral, balmy times with our audience.  You will enjoy the usual tasty wine and heavy hors- d’oevres and staggeringly beautiful surroundings, while we have changed the concert format slightly. (again, at your request) We begin at 6:30 with drinks only, before the 700 start of the concert (arrive promptly, to enjoy a beverage and greet fellow audience members and musicians, and to find one of the 70 best seats in the house (there are no bad seats!) At 7:00, the first of two 45 minute sets begins, with a generous, half hour intermission at 7:45, just in time to enjoy your food and more wine as the sun sets.   At 8:15, we return with Wieniawski Etudes-Caprices that evoke both the languid heat of Summer and the fever induced by the bite of the Tarantula!  Next up, Shostakovich Duos and Vivaldi’s timeless “ Summer” from the Four Seasons. oh, by the way, there will probably be surprises as well! There will again be no printed programs, as the musicians will guide the audience through all works performed. Here’s to a new way of doing things. We can’t wait to see you all again!

With all my Love,
Odin Rathnam

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.”


Program for the August 12, 2017

George Gershwin Three Pieces from “Porgy and Bess” arranged by Jascha Heifetz
Fritz Kreisler, “Tambourin Chinois” (the Chinese Drum)
J. S. Bach Siciliano, from G minor Solo Sonata
Fritz Kreisler “ Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice’’
George Gershwin, “ Rhapsody in Blue” (solo piano version)


Frederic Chopin, “Barcarolle”, John  Nauman – solo piano
Henri Wieniawski Etudes-Caprices, opus 18, no 1 and 4 for 2 violins
Dmitry Shostakovich “ Three Duets” for two violins and piano
Antonio Vivaldi “ Summer” concerto in g minor for violin and continuo, from the “Four Seasons”

John Nauman is unavailable to join us for our second program. Replacing Mr. Nauman is my long time colleague and friend, Ken Osowski, with whom I have performed many times, over the years. Later this season, we will be performing a full recital at York College of Pennsylvania, with works by Stravinski, Debussy and Beethoven. Mr. Osowski is a Professor at York College , in addition to his many concert activities. Another small change to the program is that due to late shipment of the music, we will postpone Ferdinand the Bull until a later concert date. We wish John Nauman all the best and I personally thank him for his outstanding collaboration on our first performance in June!

Odin Rathnam
Odin Rathnam

Since his critically acclaimed Lincoln Center debut in 1993, the American violinist Odin Rathnam has established himself as one of the most passionate and versatile artists of his generation. He has received unanimous praise from critics and audiences for his “captivating temperament,” “brilliant technique” and a sound “recalling the legendary violinists of the past”. A veteran performer at many major European and American festivals including the Algarve International Music Festival in Portugal, Denmark’s Tivoli and Vendsyssel Festivals, Deia International Festival in Mallorca, Boswil Festival in Switzerland, Aspen, Caramoor and Endless Mountain Music Festivals, he has also appeared in recital on the Market Square Concerts series, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall, where he first appeared at the age of 15.

As a soloist, Odin Rathnam has performed with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Philippine Philharmonic, the Colombian National Symphony, the Harrisburg Symphony, Philadelphia Virtuosi, the Lancaster Symphony, the York Symphony, the EMMF Orchestra, The New Amsterdam Symphony , the San Juan Symphony Orchestra, Randers Chamber Orchestra, among others. During his distinguished career of more than 30 years, he has enjoyed the fortune of collaborating as a guest soloist, concertmaster and leader with many distinguished conductors, including Sergiu Commissiona , Pinchas Zukerman, JoAnnFalletta, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Olivier Ochanine, Lawrence Golan, Arthur Post, Stuart Malina, Daniel Spalding and many more, appearing in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East.

Recent performances include concerti of Brahms , Mendelssohn, Korngold, Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Bruch, a performance of Sarasate “ Zigeunerweisen” with the Hershey Symphony at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as well as recitals in the United States and Portugal. In 2007, he made his Tivoli Festival debut playing Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins with Nikolai Znaider. The Danish newspaper, Kristelig Dagblad, hailed the “outstanding, full-blooded romantic violin playing by both players.” Four years later, he made his Danish orchestral debut, playing and conducting Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, with the Randers Chamber Orchestra.

Upcoming performances include a three concert series in the Mid State of Pennsylvania, presenting the complete Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach, as well as works by Paganini, Ysaye , Kreisler and Piazzola, a regional tour of violin and piano recitals with works by Strauss, Stravinsky, Chausson and Sarasate and orchestral solo appearances featuring works by Bruch, Bach and Sarasate.

Mr. Rathnam ‘s commitment to the development of young talents has led many of his students to be accepted at major conservatories throughout the United States and abroad, several going on to win prizes in national and international competitions, including the Fischoff, Nielsen and Queen Elizabeth competitions. He has served as a performing faculty member at Anker Buch’s Danish Summer School for Strings on the island of Mors, Danish Strings, and the Nordic Music Academy led by Nikolai Znaider . In 2012, Mr. Rathnam accepted an appointment as artistic director of the Academia de Verao in Lagos, Portugal. He then established the Silkeborg Classic Academy, with Danish conductor, Christian Horbov-Meier , which takes place annually in Denmark. In 2013, Mr. Rathnam was invited to give his lecture /masterclass series “ Lost in Translation-Demystifying the Principles of Ivan Galamian in Practical Application” at Juilliard, for the Starling DeLay Symposium, classes he has also presented in Chicago ,Copenhagen, Zambales ( Philippines), Portugal and at the Universities of Penn State, James Madison, New Mexico State University and Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colorado. In the fall of 2016, Mr. Rathnam accepted a sabbatical post as professor of violin at Penn State University, in State College.

As a chamber musician, Odin Rathnam has collaborated ( violin/viola) with many leading artists of his generation including: violinists Nikolai Znaider, Gil Shaham, Adele Anthony and Kurt Nikkanen; pianists Rohan De Silva, Albert Tiu, Robert Koenig, Christopher Guzman, and Anton Nel; and cellists Matt Haimowitz, Bion Tsang, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, Wendy Warner, and Daniel Gaisford, Concertante ( the critically acclaimed ensemble he founded in 1995), the Rafael Trio, the Ying Quartet , the Sweet Plantain String Quartet, and the Fry Street Quartet.

Mr. Rathnam received his formal training at Juilliard Pre-College and Mannes College of Music with Sally Thomas and Ann Setzer, returning to the Juilliard School as a full scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. He studied chamber music with Julius Levine, Felix Galimir, Joel Smirnoff, and Josef Gingold. He also worked closely with the Danish violinist and pedagogue Anker Buch , who is credited by many for bringing Ivan Galamian’s teachings to Denmark.

Mr. Rathnam’s recordings can be found on The Helikon, West Branch and Kleos labels, with works by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Strauss and Schoenberg.

Odin Rathnam performs on a late 19th century violin crafted by an unknown master, in the manner of Guarnerius Del Gesu’s middle period.

About Kenneth Osowski, Piano

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. His teachers have included James Winn, Boris Slutsky, Robert McDonald, Sara Laimon, and Wei-Yi Yang. In addition, he has participated in coachings and masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Malcom Bilson, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Pamela Frank, Peter Frankl, Gilbert Kalish, Ursula Oppens, Joseph Silverstein, Donald Weilerstein, and Pinchas Zukerman.

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, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, Judah Adashi, Chris Cerrone, and David Smooke. Osowski has been praised by the Baltimore Sun for his “impressive skills” and “expert partnering”.

In his spare time, Ken enjoys traveling and outdoor activities. He has been backpacking in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, Wyoming’s Wind River Range, Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness, California’s Lost Coast, and The West Coast Trail of Vancouver Island. Always an avid bicyclist, Ken has recently taken up the sport of triathlon, and he is a three-time finisher of the Savageman Half-Ironman Triathlon, rated by Triathlon Magazine as the most difficult race in the world. He biked across the United States in 1998 and biked from Reno, Nevada to Seattle, Washington in 1999. Ken lives in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania with his wife Nora and their two dogs (Mookie and Benny) and three cats (Alma, Lucy, and Otis).

About Gavin Fallow

Gavin Fallow is a violinist and multi-instrumentalist from Silver Spring, Maryland. As a violinist, he has performed as a featured soloist with the Pro Arté Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington and the Washington Sinfonietta, where he also served as concertmaster. He performed in Beirut with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, and won a section violin audition with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Gavin has studied violin with Jody Gatwood, Amy Beth Horman, and Odin Rathnam.  As a bassist, Gavin played international jazz festivals in Paris, London, Manaus and elsewhere. He lived and performed in Amsterdam, New York, and Shanghai.