Members of the Hanover Symphony Orchestra prep music for a performance during the  No Greater Love  concert by the symphony in May 2011. The group combined
Members of the Hanover Symphony Orchestra prep music for a performance during the No Greater Love concert by the symphony in May 2011. The group combined music and food for their upcoming annual event, Taste of Chamber Music. (FLIPSIDE -- FILE)
Violinist Sarah Zimmermann has been playing with the Hanover Symphony Orchestra since 1995, when she was a freshman in high school.

It's the love of the orchestra and her passion for playing that keeps her coming back for more.

"It's just a part of who I am," she said.

In all the seasons Sarah has been with the orchestra, she has performed in all but two concerts. And her name will also appear on the program for the orchestra's Taste of Chamber Music event on Sunday.

This year's Taste of Chamber Music event will be different than other concerts the orchestra has put on, Sarah said.

Instead of classical music, five small ensembles will perform more eclectic pieces that wouldn't be possible in a larger orchestra, she said.

"They're all pieces written specifically for smaller groups," she said.

A selection of returning musicians, including flutists Al Gifford and Deb Levy-Hainley, Susan Kerr on the clarinet and Kayton Wilson on the bassoon, are mixed with several newcomers to create the diverse sound.

The style of music is not the only thing that has changed this year.

Taste of Chamber Music event has been combining great music and food since 2008 but this is the first year where each of the ensemble performances will be paired with a food course, said Ima Kay Zimmermann, the business manager for the Hanover Symphony Orchestra.

While sipping wine and nibbling appetizers, audience members will be listening to a cello duet and a violin duo.


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A woodwind duo and flute trio will accompany the main entrée and will be followed by an intermission, Ima said.

The two-hour concert will end with dessert and a gypsy jazz group, which includes instruments like a bass, fiddle, mandolin, guitars and percussion.

"It's really a very nice affair," Ima said.

The conservatory of the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center is limited to 60 guests so community members who are interested in attending the event should purchase tickets ahead of time, Zimmermann said.

If you go

What: Hanover Symphony

Orchestra's Taste of Chamber Music

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: The conservatory of the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., Hanover

Tickets: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 717-632-8067