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100th Anniversary Recital Announcement
As part of the 100th year anniversary celebration of the Wolf Museum of Music and Art, a grand piano recital will be presented at the Museum on September 28, 2013, featuring Matthew Graybil, playing compositions by Liszt, Beethoven, Schubert, and Debussy.
In 1913 the Wolf Institute of Music was formally established at its present Lancaster location of 423 West Chestnut St. Over the years, hundreds of students studied at the Institute, performing using two Knabe, concert grand pianos. These piano recital programs document an impressive list of classical compositions which were played at the recitals during the intervening period from (1913 to 1973). Many of the compositions were challenging and represented a level of performance and talent which were new to city residents. Some of Dr. Wolf’s students who had outstanding talent include Earle W. Echternach, Frances Verri, Frances Harkness Wolf, Jack Behrens and Kitty Johnson, all Lancastrians. Both of the original concert grand Knabe pianos were completely refurbished in 2006-2008 by Snyder Piano Services, Robesonia, PA.
Dr. Wolf continued teaching at this location until he died in 1965. Mrs. Frances Harkness Wolf remained Director of the Institute till her passing in 1972, at which time she willed that the Institute should be operated as a public charity known as the Wolf Museum of Music and Art.
Matthew Graybil, a Lancaster, PA native, has played piano recitals at many prestigious locations including Baltimore, New York, London and Paris. During his early training he studied for six years with Harvey Wedeen. He then earned both BA and MA of Music at the Juilliard School in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Matthew has played at the Wolf Museum in Lancaster on two former occasions. However, this is the first time in recent years that Dr. Wolf‘s compositions have been included on the program.