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PA Great Performance

Spotlighting the region's fine arts scene

The series has included WVIA-FM's Simply Grand series, coverage of the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts, the Scranton Jazz Festival, as well as performances by the Northeastern Pennsylvania and Williamsport Philharmonic Orchestras.

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Eaken Piano Trio

Airs Thursday, April 23rd at 9p on WVIA-TV


The varied program includes the Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101 by Johannes Brahms, the Concierto para Trio by Argentine bandoneon virtuoso Astor Piazzola and a Trio by the contemporary composer James Cohn. The members of the Eaken Trio are John Eaken, violin; Gloria Whitney, piano and Andrew Rammon, cello who is also principal cellist with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. The Eaken Trio has traveled extensively throughout America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. They were "Artists in Residence" for 10 years at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and have held residencies at many other colleges and universities including Harvard, Stanford, USC, The University of Maryland, and Penn State. The Trio is heard regularly on classical music radio stations including National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Performance Today. CDs released by the Trio can be found on the Naxos, Catalpa Classics, and Con Brio labels. Their Home for the Holidays CD was nominated for a Grammy . They have two NPR programs titled "Home for the Holidays," which have aired on over 100 stations nationwide during the last 14 holiday seasons. The programs help raise awareness of the homeless problems in America through the music of the Trio and insights by prominent Americans such as Barbara Bush, Maya Angelou, Leo Buscaglia, Sam Nunn, and many others. The Trio has been the recipient of many commissions including trios written for them by Lalo Shifrin, Gerald Shipiro, Timothy Greatbatch, Allen Menton and others.

Meet the Team

Chris Norton

Chris Norton

Chris Norton joined WVIA in 1999 after 23 years at other Northeastern Pennsylvania radio stations, including Rock 107, WEJL, WWDL, and 14 years at Magic 93.  He's a regional native, a graduate of Abington Heights High School and Oberlin College (A.B.), a Leadership Lackawanna graduate, and an adjunct instructor in radio/TV at Marywood University.


Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the advisory board of Scranton Community Concerts, the Scranton Area Foundation advisory committee to the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program, and on the session at First Presbterian Church of Clarks Summit.  He'd still be active in community theatre if he had more free time and he'd still be playing recreational softball if he had more flexibility.


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