The Tuscarawas Philharmonic is honored to join with Historic Zoar Village for a collaborative event to honor the 200th anniversary of the founding of Zoar. The special afternoon gala and concert will be on Sunday, March 26 at the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m., Historic Zoar Village will host a lobby reception as a celebration of Zoar's bicentennial. The gala will include desserts, appetizers, and a cash bar; and representatives of the Village will display a traveling exhibit complete with costumed interpreters.

At 3:00 p.m. the orchestra will perform music selected for the occasion by Conductor Eric Benjamin, including Circular Dancing by Roger Zahab, Our Town by Aaron Copland and Chaconny by Henry Purcell. Then, violinist Mary Bontrager will join the orchestra to perform Ciaconna by Tomaso Vitali.

Bontrager, concertmaster for the Philharmonic, is an educator and freelance musician playing with ensembles, such as the Canton Players Guild, Suite Elegance, Harmonia Sacra Orchestra, Heartstrings, Summit Choral Society, Mansfield Symphony, Malone University Opera Theatre Orchestra, Wooster Symphony and the Canton Comic Opera.

The Philharmonic is pleased to share the stage with the Malone University Chamber Choir, which will begin the second half of the concert by performing Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata Jesu, du der meine Seele, under the direction of Jon Peterson.

The Tuscarawas Philharmonic Adult Chorus and Kent State University Pro Musica will join the chamber choir to perform Leonard Bernstein's heart-stirring Chichester Psalms, along with soloist Madeline Rothrock, soprano. Benjamin describes the work, sung in its original Hebrew, as "a vibrant language, filled with harmonic surprises --somewhat bracing, at first, but also absorbing and breathtaking."

Tickets for the concert and reception are available at or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 330-308-6400.