The Bliss Family Chamber Players present an evening of classical chamber music in memory of Robert and Mary Lou Lerner, longtime supporters of the Harvard Public Library, Saturday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m., at Volunteers Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Mary Lou, who died in 1998, was a library trustee, and Robert, who died in 2010, also supported the library in his own special way.

Their daughter, Cynthia, and grandchildren, Ariel, Matthew and Mary, offer a program entitled "Scenes from my childhood" as a tribute, including chamber works by Loeillet, Ibert and Haydn, and piano works by Debussy, Schumann and Schubert.

Cynthia Bliss (piano) grew up in Harvard, studying piano, flute and percussion in the preparatory division of the Thayer Conservatory at Atlantic Union College, and graduating from The Bromfield School in 1981. She continued musical studies at Smith College, adding organ performance and conducting to her repertoire. She is currently on the Piano and Early Childhood faculties at Indian Hill Music Center in Littleton where she is also a staff accompanist. She is music director at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Chelmsford and a regular accompanist at Northern Essex Community College (Haverhill campus) and Middlesex Community College (Lowell campus).

Ariel Bliss (flute) is a rising senior Music Education major at The College of New Jersey. She currently studies flute with David DiGiacobbe, is principal flute in TCNJ's Concert Band, and a member of the Flute Ensemble. Ariel has just finished a summer internship with Indian Hill's Summer Day Musical Theater program.


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Matthew Bliss (violin) just graduated from Concord Academy, where he was a member of the Chamber Orchestra, and participated in chamber ensembles and choral music. While at Concord Academy, Matt studied violin with Jenny Stirling. He also performed with the Longy Youth Chamber Orchestra and in their Advanced Chamber Ensemble program. As a singer, he has performed with MMEA Eastern District and All-State mixed choruses, and with the NAfME All Eastern mixed chorus.

Mary Bliss (cello) has studied cello at Indian Hill Music Center since she was 7, first with Arkady Beletsky and more recently with Tim Terranella. When not playing the cello or singing in a church choir, she can be found dancing at Walker's Gymnastics and Dance in Lowell. Mary will be a freshman at Concord Academy in the fall.

This program is free and open to the public.