Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rattman and Ballantyne at The Gazebo

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

Although the high temperatures reflecting the heat associated with the Summer Season prevailed throughout the day, a series of cooled breezes brought a profound sense of comfort to those who had placed their chairs and blankets upon the grounds of The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain in Delaware Water Gap, PA on Sunday July 17th. An empty Gazebo was soon filled with the featured performers of the church's 2016 Summer Gazebo Concert Series and the presence of Saxophonist Jay Rattman and Pianist Jon Ballantyne filled the modestly sized gathering with a loving anticipation of the music that was to come. It was shortly after the appointed hour for the concert to begin arrived did Jim Dellaria of the church come upon the stage to welcome the denizens of the lawn and to introduce the duo.

The waves of music created an ebb and flow that broke upon the pristine shores of a gentle Summer Afternoon. The skillfully executed improvisations moved the instrumentals into new interpretive realms. The set also included a number of original compositions which incorporated an additional dimension of meaningfulness to the concert going experience. After a time, a short break in the performance ensued which enabled the audience and the duo to partake of the many culinary pleasures offered by the church as well as opportunities to chat with one another. The break concluded and the duo continued their performance until the concert came to its completion. The audience departed with a fulfilled heart and the anticipation of another concert to come in the series. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the Jay Rattman and Jon Ballantyne concert in The Rattman and Ballantyne at The Gazebo Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155054194478761.1073741995.91146283760&type=3.

The Summer Gazebo Concert Series at The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain in Delaware Water Gap, PA began in 1990 and is presented every Sunday evening until the end of August. The next concert will feature The SheilaMark Band offering a variety of musical styles ranging from classic blues to contemporary compositions. The free concert will take place on Sunday July 24th beginning at 6pm. Please Explore The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/Presbyterian-Church-of-the-Mountain/234593743269661 or their Website at www.churchofthemountain.org for more information.

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