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Friday, December 9: Princeton Pro Musica Chamber Chorus Holiday Concert
This Princeton community chorus, acclaimed as one of New Jersey’s premier choruses, presents major classical, contemporary and multicultural choral works with orchestra and soloists.

Princeton Pro Musica exists to perform choral masterworks and other works of the choral literature with energy, passion, and uncompromising artistic excellence. The organization includes a chorus of 100 voices, a 20-member chorus, and an orchestra.

Visit their website.

     


Friday, October 7: Mark O’Kain, marimbist, and Jeffrey Uhlig, piano

Mark O'Kain is Principal Percussionist with The Ocean City POPS Orchestra in Ocean City, New Jersey. In addition, Mark is the orchestra's Personnel Manager and Music Librarian.

He is also very active in the theater music world. Most recently, he played drums and percussion for the U.S. tour of "Edward Scissorhands". No stranger to touring - Mark played for the national tour of "Les Miserables" (1750 performances), Mark has been busy working with touring Broadway shows, having played “Edward Scissorhands”, “My Fair Lady”, and "Mary Poppins." He completed a nine-month national tour with "The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess."

Mark was a member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band from 1994-1998. During that time he played frequently at the White House, went on three national tours, and was active in the Band's Chamber Recital Program Series. As a former member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, he established and directed the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Percussion Ensemble. He worked for eight seasons as Staff Percussionist at Opryland, USA in Nashville, TN. Mark received the Master of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University.

Mark performs frequently in collaboration with Jeffrey Uhlig. Their first CD was entitled "Classics to Ragtime".

 

Jeffrey Uhlig has appeared as collaborative pianist in many concerts in America and also has performed in Russia. Some of his notable performances have been at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. After a joint recital at Weill Recital Hall, Tim Page of The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Uhlig...proved a Mozartean of poise and elegance." His longtime collaboration with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano Barbara Dever has earned him great praise, most recently from Robert Baxter of The Camden Courier Post who wrote; "Throughout the recital, pianist Jeffrey Uhlig enfolded Dever's voice with warm-toned accompaniments. Uhlig played commandingly throughout the recital."

Mr. Uhlig studied piano with William Masselos and Gaby Casadesus and studied art song literature with Dalton Baldwin. He received a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University.

Jeffrey Uhlig has performed with many outstanding singers and instrumentalists including members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera. He is in demand as a chamber music player, vocal coach and accompanist and at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia he holds The Lilian Kraus Felber Distinguished Faculty Chair in Piano. In New Jersey, Mr. Uhlig is Principal Keyboard with The Ocean City Pops Orchestra. For many years he served as Principal Keyboard with Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

     

Ismar Sergio Gomes, cellist, and Wan-Chi Su, pianist

On Friday, September 16, Ismar Sergio Gomes, cellist, and Wan-Chi Su, pianist, will perform at Rossmoor. The two artists, who met at graduate school at the Peabody Conservatory, perform compositions that span the gamut of available repertoire from Beethoven and Schubert to Poulenc and Schnittke.
The program at Rossmoor will include Variations Concertantes, Opus 17, by Felix Mendelssohn; Fantasiestücke, Opus 73, by Robert Schumann; Sonata for Piano and Cello in G Minor, Opus 5, No. 2, by Ludwig Van Beethoven; and Sonata in G Minor, Opus 65, by Frederic Chopin.


Mr. Gomes, who performs on a Grand Freres cello made in Paris in 1852, is an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician. He performs with the Lancaster Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the Towson New Music Ensemble and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. He has performed at concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Gomes has commissioned and premiered many works by emerging composers and is the dedicatee of a solo sonata by Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer P. Kellach Waddle.


Wan-Chi Su, pianist, has enjoyed an active career as a soloist and chamber musician, having performed to great acclaim at multiple venues in Asia, Europe and the United States. She has participated in many international music festivals and in 2013 was the recipient of the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory, where she is currently a doctoral student.


Wan-Chi is a dynamic and sought-after performer in the Baltimore area, as both chamber musician and vocal accompanist.

The concert will be held in the Meeting House at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. Tickets for non-subscribers are available at the door for $15.


 


The Rossmoor Music Association cordially invites residents of other communities to attend. (Enter Rossmoor at the Main Gate on Forsgate Drive and ask for directions to the Meeting House for the concert.)


For further information or directions call Faith Knabe at (609) 395-7853.

by Gene Horan

     

Geoff Gallante, 15-year-old cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn prodigy, performed in the Meeting House on
Sunday, August 21, at 3 p.m.

Rossmoor Music Association again presents 15 yr old Jazz Trumpet Wunderkind Geoff Gallante. Rounding out Geoff’s acoustic jazz quintet will be Julius rodriquez on piano, Steve Varner on bass, Robin Baytas on drums, with special guest, NYC tenor sax extraordinaire, Harry Allen.

Showing a musical maturity and sophistication well beyond his years, nationally acclaimed jazz phenom Geoff Gallante will regale you with instrumental interpretations of jazz standards by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, as well as Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Johnny Merer, Richard Rodgers, and others.

"You won’t believe your ears"! “Truly astonishing . . . an amazingly gifted youngster.” Dan Morgenstern, esteemed jazz scholar/author/critic.

Performed at White House

Geoff has performed in 34 states nationwide-- including with five different ensembles of the U.S. Military. By the age of six he had already garnered guest soloist engagements with the likes of the Louisville Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Philadelphia Brass Quintet. As anthem performer, Geoff has appeared in 16 pro-sports venues across the country. He's the youngest instrumentalist, at six years old, to ever perform at the White House or at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Soloed with top bands

In addition to solo engagements with many professional pops orchestras, Geoff has soloed with some of America's very finest symphonic bands, including the U.S. Naval Academy Concert Band

In 2012, Geoff was accorded the honor, at age 11, of being chosen as guest soloist at the annual convention of the Association of Concert Bands in Poughkeepsie, NY. In July 2014, Geoff had the distinction of performing as guest soloist at the Texas Bandmasters Convention, the largest of its kind in the world!

 

     

Friday, June 3: Steven Lin, pianist                                     

When the artist originally scheduled by the Rossmoor Music Association for a concert on Friday, June 3, called on the previous day to say she was ill and could not perform, Association president Lucy Poulin faced a crisis.

The concert had already been widely publicized and subscribers had paid in advance. Engaging busy artists can take months and even years. Then fees must be negotiated, contracts signed, biographies obtained and programs prepared.

Lucy got very, very busy indeed, consulting with committee members, making multiple phone calls and, I presume, saying a few prayers. Her effort paid off. Call it serendipitous --- I think you will find agreement among those fortunate enough to attend the concert that Steven Lin was among the most brilliant performers yet to visit Rossmoor. As luck had it, international artist Mr. Lin had a free night and committee member Toby del Giudice was available to drive him from and to Princeton Junction for the train connection to Philadelphia where he lives.

Mr. Lin has an impressive curriculum vitae, including awards at the Concert Artists Guild Competition and at Israel’s Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition (Silver Award). He was recently featured on PBS in the Cliburn Competition documentary film, Virtuosity. He has performed in venues across the United States and around the world.

Mr. Lin brought a printed program with him, and what a choice of music!  Beethoven’s Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major was the opening number. For me, the beautifully lyrical Menuertto movement was the most memorable part of that brilliant work. This was followed by the very popular Rondo Capriccioso in E Major of Felix Mendelssohn.

Four pieces by Chopin concluded with the Fantasy-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, which includes the melody borrowed for “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,” a song sung by Judy Garland in the movie Ziegfield Girls and by Jack Oakie in The Merry Monahans.

The final piece was Reminiscences de Don Juan by Liszt. It includes, among other melodies from Mozart’s Don Juan, the hauntingly beautiful “La Ci Darem La Mano.”  If you are not familiar with this aria, go to You Tube on your computer and you will find many versions. You’ll be glad you did.

The Liszt work concludes with a movement that would challenge the most accomplished virtuoso. Some patrons sitting near the piano say all they could see was a flash of hands. No wonder The New York Times critic wrote the following review after a similar performance:  “Mr. Lin sailed through its virtuoso challenges, conquering the manic octaves that unfold at the work’s conclusion.”

I heard once that Liszt and Chopin, who were contemporaries, were competing to see who could compose the most difficult piano composition and that Liszt won by creating a work that no one could play! After the concert I told the friendly and affable Mr. Lin this story and he agreed that it could very well be true.

by Gene Horan

     

Friday, May 20: Katrina Kormanski, violoncellist

                                     

Cellist accompanied by pianist and clarinetist
to perform works by Bach, Strauss and others
Concert set for Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting House

Katrina Kormanski is a professional cellist who has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Hunterdon Symphony in Austria for Mozart’s 250th Anniversary in 2006 and on a “White Nights” orchestral tour in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2008. She has toured with Anne Murray, Theodore Bikel, Harry Connick, Jr. and Andre Bocelli, among others. She will be accompanied by Don Tenenblatt, pianist, and for one number by her father, John Kormanski, clarinetist.

Presently she is principal cellist of the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, Boheme Opera, Newtown Chamber Orchestra, and Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony.

She has played with the Collegium of Musicum of Princeton, the Rutgers University Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 she performed as soloist with the Hunterdon Symphony at the 250th Anniversary Mozart celebration in Austria. She has toured with Anne Murray, Theodore Bikel, Harry Connick Jr., and Andre Bocelli, among others.


The program will include Sonata III by Johann Sebastian Bach; Adagio and Rondo by Carl Maria von Weber;  Vocalise, Opus 3, by Serge Rachmaninoff; Spain (considered a jazz standard) by Chick Corea; and Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major by Richard Strauss.


The concert will be held on Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting House. For non-subscribers, tickets are available at the door for $15.

Don Tenenblatt, piano accompanist, received degrees in Music from Yale and Rutgers Universities.  He has played keyboard for numerous dance, theater and opera companies in New York and Pennsylvania, including a decade at the Pennsylvania Ballet and a decade at the Opera Theatre of the College of New Jersey



John Kormanski, clarinetist, Katrina's husband, will perform one number. He graduated from the Naval School of Music in 1971 and was assigned to the Navy Band. He studied at the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (now University of the Arts) and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Music degree.

                                               by Gene Horan

     

Spring 2016
Friday April 1, 7:30 PM in the Meeting House:     Sinfonietta Nova

Members of the West Windsor-based orchestra Sinfonietta Nova will present an evening of chamber music at Rossmoor on Friday, April 1, at 7:30 pm.in the Meeting House. Please note the April 1 date in your calendar.

Sinfonietta Nova is devoted to inspiring and engaging its audience with innovative programming, offering unique perspectives on the classical repertoire.

The program will include, among other works, the first movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 59 in F, No. 1 (Razumovsky) and Mendelssohn’s complete Octet in E-flat Major. Critic Conrad Wilson wrote of the latter work, written when the composer was only 16 years old, that "Its youthful verve, brilliance and perfection make it one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music."

"Its youthful verve, brilliance and perfection make it one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music."

                                                                                                Conrad Wilson on Mendelssohn’s Octet.

Gail Lee, artistic director and conductor, served as associate conductor of the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and as conductor of the Alfred University Orchestra. She has received critical acclaim for her work. Ross Amico of WFFM, the Classical Network, has praised her as “a thoughtful and imaginative programmer … there is a unity in her concerts and her seasons, which demonstrates an intellectual curiosity, which is rare.”

Individual tickets are available at the door for non-subscribers. The cost is $15.

                                                                                                                                     by Gene Horan

 

Friday, November 27: Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One
This was a holiday concert which featured music for Christmas and Hanukkah.

Accomplished musician and educator Karl Megules and his late wife Natalie started the Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One in 1973. The group is still performing today, playing about eight to 12 concerts a year. After 42 years, the Quintet Plus One still has the musical excitement they had in the beginning.

One of the band’s proudest moments came in the 1980s when they got a call to perform at a Republican caucus in Plainsboro, New Jersey, for President Ronald Reagan.

The original Trenton Brass Quintet was co-founded by Natalie and Karl Megules in January of 1973, and the group has performed steadily ever since.

Karl Megules, who holds a BA in music education and Master of Music focused on tuba performance (Trenton State College, now College of NJ), is presently principal tubist with the Trenton Symphony Orchestra (since 1981). Mr. Megules has performed with the Princeton Chamber Orchestra, Cab Calloway, Ben E. King, Dick Hyman-Jazz Piano N.Y.C., just to name a few as his career spans well over 40 years.

On trombone, Peter Reichlin, uses his Bachelor of Music (in performance) from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music to add a mellow, but soaring, warmth to the Quintet Plus One.

An original Quintet member since 1973, Mr. Reichlin was also Principal trombonist with the Princeton University Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, Austria, and continues to play Principal trombone with the Trenton Symphony Orchestra (since 1971), among other groups. He was an original member of ‘Jerry Rife Rhythm Kings’.



Front Row: Ed Hirchman, Charles Megules
Second Row: Nancy Cicciarelli, Lennie Pucciatti, Karl I. Megules, and Peter Reichlin.

Charles W. Megules, son of Karl, was born three years after the group’s creation.  He grew up attending virtually every one of their performances with his family. Charles earned a BA in Music Education (trumpet performance), from William Paterson University and a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Also on trumpet, Ed Hirschman has appeared with Al Chez and the Brothers of Funk, Bruce Springsteen, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Lou Christee, Gary U.S. Bonds, The 4 Tops, Jon Faddis, Maynard Ferguson, Curtis Fuller and Lou Rawls.  He has classical chops, too. Recently, he performed with Allentown Symphony as part of a concert featuring the Empire Brass Quintet.

Nancy Cicciarelli, French Horn, is a graduate of TCNJ. While a student at TCNJ, due to high academic and musical achievement, Nancy was selected to be listed in “Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities”. At this time, Nancy joined the American Federation of Musicians and has been performing steadily ever since. In addition to the Trenton Brass Quintet plus one, she also performs with Boheme Opera of New Jersey, The Capitol Philharmonic, The Newtown Chamber Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, and the St. Peter’s Brass Quintet. Nancy is a full time band director for the Hillsborough, New Jersey school district. As an educator, Nancy has served twice as a clinician for the NJMEA Conventions and has received the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001. She was also selected to be included in the 2009 edition of “Who’s Who Among American Women” .

Then, there’s ‘plus one’…   Leonard Pucciatti, percussion, attended Trenton State College and has performed extensively for the past three decades in the jazz and classical genres. He was Lead Percussionist for Patti Lapone, Resorts International Hotel, The Joey Bishop Show, and The Al Hurt Show, just to name a few. Mr. Pucciatti also produces the Trenton Jazz Festival and directs the music for Trenton’s Heritage Days event.


What better way to get into the spirit of the season than with a great brass quintet playing a holiday concert featuring the music of Christmas and Hanukkah? The program will include many holiday favorites.

The concert will take place on Friday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting House. Tickets will be available at the door for non-subscribers at a cost of $15. 

  Karl Megules, artistic director of the Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One, has always loved playing music and has made a career of it over the past 42 years: “We’re celebrating the end of our 42nd year of continuous playing, which is pretty cool. Like a good marriage, it lasts a long time.”

Many of the pieces the quintet performs are original arrangements. “The ‘plus one’ in the band, a drummer, is what makes the quintet stand out from other brass quintets because it adds a beautiful color that brass doesn’t have,” says Megules.
While the six members of the Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One are not all original members — Megules’s son now plays the trumpet in the band — Megules said the musicians are highly professional musicians and that he loves playing with them all.
“They’re really tremendous professionals. They’re fine players,” he said. “I just love to play. I love music and I did that all my life. And what a way to make a living!”

The Rossmoor Music Association cordially invites residents of other communities to attend. (Enter Rossmoor at the Main Gate on Forsgate Drive and ask for directions to the Meeting House for the concert.) For more information, call Lucy Poulin
at 609-655-5356.

                                                                                                                                                                by Gene Horan

 

Fall 2015
Saturday, October 10
All Seasons Chamber Players


All Seasons Chamber Players, now in its 35th season, is a leading chamber music ensemble in the New York - New Jersey metropolitan area. It has performed over 751 concerts since its inception in 1981. The ensemble performs music from the baroque to contemporary periods in mixed ensembles using flute, violin, cello, harpsichord and piano. The All Seasons repertoire includes new and unusual works as well as those from the standard chamber music repertoire of duets, trios, quartets and four-hand piano works. Our programs have proven highly successful with a wide range of audiences from experienced concert goers to casual music lovers of all ages. The wide appeal comes from not only from the high quality of the performances but from the variety of instrumental groupings and music periods. In addition to its regional concerts, the ensemble provides free, public Community Concerts in

Bergen County in area public libraries, churches, art centers and colleges. The Community Concerts are designed to make chamber music accessible, enjoyable and understandable and to develop new audiences for chamber music. They are supported by foundations, corporations, government agencies and individuals.

Robert Lawrence, violinist, provides musical introductions at All Seasons concerts and serves as Co-Director of Programs. He has had a varied performing career ranging from Karl Munchinger’s Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra to Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls on Broadway. He is currently  Concertmaster of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Associate Concertmaster of the Springfield (MA) Symphony, and a  member of the Long Island Philharmonic. He has appeared at the Grand Teton, Colorado, Lake George and Spoleto Festivals. He studied at Yale University and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He currently teaches private lessons in an after-school program in Westchester and the Amadeus Conservatory in Chappaqua, NY.

E. Zoe Hassman, cellist, attended Curtis Institute and graduated from The Juilliard School. Zoe is one of the most in-demand performing cellists in all genres. She continues to pursue her passion to perform her audience-friendly cello recitals to enrich, uplift and to make a difference to her listeners. Zoe’s interactive, innovative & captivating recitals include “mystery pieces” & often a jazz duo with cello and bass. This coming season, Zoe will perform her creative recitals at Crane’s Mill; The Jewish Women International; re-engagement cello recitals at the Chappaua Library among others and she will perform with legendary jazz bassist, Ron Carter, at the renowned jazz club, Birdland, in Manhattan. To know about “all things Zoe” you can call or text her at 917-414-5906 or email her at: ezoecello@gmail.com. For fun, please go to You Tube and type “Zoe!solocellist” or “Zoe! solo cellist-mystery piece” where video clips should appear from her live cello recitals.

Jean Strickholm, pianist, and harpsichordist, has served as Co-Director and Manager of All Seasons Chamber Players since its founding in 1981. She studied at the Eastman School of Music and Red Fox Music Camp. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rochester and holds an MA in Education from Queens College. Private teachers include Isabelle Sant Ambrogio, Vera Tisheff  and her grandfather, Alfred Boeker.  She is a frequent performer of chamber music and four-hand music in the metropolitan area. She is cited for her music management and other activities  in  Marquis  Who’s Who publications  2007 - 2015.

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi,  pianist, holds degrees from The Juilliard School and The Mannes College of Music. She has performed extensively as a chamber musician and soloist with several orchestras including the Martinu Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. She has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic in chamber music recitals at Merkin Hall, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Roerich Museum. Jackie is a member of he Alacorde Piano Trio which performs throughout the metropolitan tri-state area as well as the Battersby-Schiller Piano Trio. She has recorded a solo CD of piano works as well as a CD of music for two violins and piano with her violinist parents, Allan and the late Eleanor Schiller. She lives in Paramus, NJ with her husband and three children and maintains a busy private teaching schedule.

Lisa Hansen, Guest Artist, flutist. Lisa Hansen is a graduate of The Juilliard School and was featured in the Emmy award winning CBS documentary: “Juilliard & Beyond - A Life in Music.” Formerly  principal flutist of the Mexico City Philharmonic, Ms. Hansen won critical acclaim for her EMI-Angel  recording of Rodrigo’s Concerto Pastoral with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her recording of Carl Nielson’s Flute Concerto for Centaur was selected by Fanfare a Best of the Year Recording. A champion of Latin American and Spanish music, Ms Hansen performs with the Grammy nominated North/South Consonance Ensemble. She has concertized extensively in the United States, Latin America and Europe. She is Flute Professor and Concert Artist at Kean University.

 

Fall 2015
Friday, September 25: Virtuosi Quintet
The Virtuosi Quintet, now in its 32nd season, was formed in 1983 to showcase the talents of five exceptional New York artists.

Since that time the Quintet has made numerous national tours through Columbia Artists Management and has appeared in major concert halls, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Chamber Music Society of the Monterey Peninsula and the Harvard Musical Association.

The Quintet has performed frequently on WQXR, WNCN and WBAI Radio in New York City.

Elizabeth Condon, oboist, is a freelance artist in the New York area.  In addition to performing with the Virtuosi Quintet, she has toured as a guest artist in chamber ensembles, and has performed as a chamber soloist in Italy and Swiitzerland.  Performance credits include freelance work with the New York City Opera Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Jupiter Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic and the Greenwich Symphony (CT).  Ms.  Condon has performed at Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall.  Ms.Condon holds a Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  Her principal teachers include John Mack and Elizabeth Camus.  Ms. Condon is on the faculty at the Hoff Barthelson School of Music, Scarsdale and Hackley School, Tarrytown.

Joseph Trent, flute,  has performed with numerous ensembles, including the Mexico City Philharmonic, where he served as associate principal flute, the New York Chamber Ensemble, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Greenwich Symphony, New Haven Symphony, North Eastern Philharmonic, Jupiter Symphony, Monadnock Music Festival, Radio City Orchestra and numerous Broadway productions. His performance career has taken him to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Jordon Hall and numerous others. He serves on the faculty of many music programs in the greater New York area, and is a frequent performer on period instruments. He was accepted to the Royal College of Music historical Performance department for study with virtuoso Rachel Brown, and is perfecting studies of one-key baroque flutes. Mr. Trent holds diplomas from the New England Conservatory and Queens College. 

Larry Tietze, clarinet, is a member of Twentieth Century Unlimited, the SUNY Contemporary Music Ensemble, New York Virtuosi, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players. He has also performed with the New York Philomusica, Atlantic Sinfonietta, Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Virtuosi. He toured the U.S. as principal clarinet with the Goldovsky Opera and prior to that position was solo principal clarinet with the West Point Band.

Debbie Schmidt, french horn, is the former principal horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic. In the New York area, Ms. Schmidt has made solo appearances with the Hofstra Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center presents "Principally Poulenc" festival, Bard Festival, Orchestra of the Bronx, Vassar College Chorale, and Long Island Choral Society. She will be performing John Williams Horn Concerto with the Liverpool Philharmonic in the 2015 -16 concert season. She has appeared in education and outreach programs for the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Midori, Princeton Symphony and New Philharmonic of New Jersey. She has also appeared with the Albany Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, Queens Symphony and Ridgefield Symphony, among others. 

James Jeter, bassoon, is the founder of the Virtuosi Quintet. He has an international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician, with various performances in Europe, South America and Asia. In 2010, he toured internationally as principal bassoon for StarWars in Concert. He has often performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Orchestra of N.Y., Berkshire Opera Company, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Alvin Ailey Dance Co., Jupiter Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Atlantic Sinfonietta, various Broadway shows and orchestras in New York and abroad (Italy and Switzerland). As part of its “Debuts and Encores Series” The Carnegie Hall Corporation sponsored Dr. Jeter in a critically acclaimed solo recital. He has been a featured concerto soloist for the Arcady Music Festival (ME), Connecticut Chamber Orchestra and the Biel Symphony (Switzerland). In addition to recordings with the Quintet, he made a debut solo recording for Crystal Records. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at SUNY Stony Brook in May, 2000. Each summer he performs and teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in western Michigan.

Bios and pictures of the performers courtesy of the Virtuosi Quintet's Website at http://www.virtuosiquintet.com/

Virtuosi Quintet to offer program of Bach, Mozart, Rameau and Farkas plus works by modern American composers

This will be the first appearance of the Virtuosi Quintet at Rossmoor. According to The New York Times, this very talented ensemble “lives up to its name...bold originality…absolutely first rate.”

The program will include J.S. Bach’s Concerto No. 2, Mozart’s The Mechanical Clock, Rameau’s Suite in G, and Farkas’ Hungarian Dances.

Fine’s Partita, a very tonal American work that audiences love, and Running’s Aria/Quodlibet, a beautiful and quite funny American work, will provide a great ending for the program.

The concert will be held in the Meeting House at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25.  Tickets will be available at the door for non-subscribers at a cost of $15.

The artists include Elizabeth Condon, oboist; Joseph Trent, flute; Debbie Schmidt, French horn; James Jeter, bassoon; and Larry Tietze, clarinet

By Gene Horan

 

Geoff Gallante, 14-year-old cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn prodigy, performed in the Meeting House on
Sunday, August 23, at 3 p.m.

At age 14, Geoff Gallante is just starting his first year of high school in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. One of the most celebrated young musicians in the world today, Geoff found his older brother's trumpet at age four and has since performed on prominent stages and alongside distinguished artists all across the country-- as acclaimed soloist with concert bands, brass bands and pops orchestras and as featured jazz performer, national anthem performer and as church soloist.

Geoff will be leading a quartet of exceptionally talented jazz musicians and will be playing swinging jazz standards and choice selections from the Great American Songbook.

The Rossmoor Music Association is delighted to be able to present this outstanding musician and his associates for a summer concert.  Plan now to be at the Meeting House at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, for a great musical experience. Refreshments will be available.

Performed at White House

Geoff has performed in 34 states nationwide-- including with five different ensembles of the U.S. Military. By the age of six he had already garnered guest soloist engagements with the likes of the Louisville Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Philadelphia Brass Quintet. As anthem performer, Geoff has appeared in 16 pro-sports venues across the country. He's the youngest instrumentalist, at six years old, to ever perform at the White House or at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Soloed with top bands

In addition to solo engagements with many professional pops orchestras, Geoff has soloed with some of America's very finest symphonic bands, including the U.S. Naval Academy Concert Band

In 2012, Geoff was accorded the honor, at age 11, of being chosen as guest soloist at the annual convention of the Association of Concert Bands in Poughkeepsie, NY. In July 2014, Geoff had the distinction of performing as guest soloist at the Texas Bandmasters Convention, the largest of its kind in the world!

Plays all styles of jazz
In the jazz realm, Geoff is comfortable playing all styles, from traditional New Orleans style to small- group straight-ahead jazz to classic big band and swing. As a “traditional” jazz player he's a member of the D.C. based award-winning Capitol Focus Jazz Band, and as a big band trumpeter he plays in the Blues Alley Youth Jazz Orchestra.

As a contemporary, straight-ahead jazz performer, Geoff has shared the stage with such jazz icons as Maynard Ferguson, Dick Hyman and Bucky Pizzarelli, as well as a host of other distinguished jazz musicians including Earl Klugh, Kevin Mahogany, Cyrus Chestnut, Harry Allen, James Carter, Warren Vache, and many more.

Jazz club engagements
Geoff has performed in such prominent jazz venues as Andy’s in Chicago, Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Room in New York City, and Herb Alpert's Club Vibrato in Los Angeles. On August 5 at 8 p.m. Geoff will be performing at the Ocean County College's Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, College Drive,Toms River, NJ. For tix go to http://ocean.universitytickets.com. Geoff's network TV appearances include the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno,
NBC'S “Today Show" and the CBS “Early Show.”

“Geoff‘s command of the instrument and
of the jazz vocabulary are truly astonishing—an amazingly gifted youngster."  says Dan Morgenstern, Noted jazz critic
                                                                                                                                                   by Gene Horan

 

2015
Friday, June 19, 2015, 7:30 PM in the Meetinghouse
     
The Three Tenors with Jeffrey Uhlig, piano.


Dominick Chenes completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music-Vocal Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007, and his Master’s Degree in Music-Vocal Performance, also from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2012. 

Dominick won second prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation competition in March 2013, as well as a grant award from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competition in April 2013. In 2008, Dominick was an apprentice artist with the Utah Symphony-Opera Program. 

Dominick made his AVA debut as Gustavo in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera in April of 2013 and had the privilege of working with Maestro Tito Capobianco. Roles with Utah Opera included Madam Butterfly, The Witch, Hansel and Gretel, Jazz, Regina, The Notary, and Don Pasquale.

Mackenzie Whitney received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Iowa.  While studying there, he performed the roles of Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and Alcino in Prima Donna

Mackenzie participated in the Emerging Artists program at Opera New Jersey and covered the role of the Magician in Menotti’s The Consul.  He also was a member of Central City Opera’s Studio Artist program in the summer of 2012. 

Mackenzie began his studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia in September of 2012.  He has already performed the role of Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Barber of Seville and the role of Rodriguez in Massenet’s Don Quixote. He won the Encouragement Award at The Metropolitan opera National Council Auditions in Philadelphia in 2014.

William Davenport, a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Musichas received attention for his strong yet lyric tenor and Italianate style. Of his performance of Rodolfo, Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun said, “William Davenport has the makings of a significant tenor. There’s an immediately expressive and appealing quality in the timbre, one with quite an Italianate tint...”
In 2012 he sang Duca with the Italian Opera Festival of Orange County, of which the Italian news reported: “The biggest ovation, however, was for William Davenport. The young tenor demonstrated a huge vocal ability.” He sang the Verdi Requiem with New Jersey State Opera, Edgardo with the Baltimore Concert Opera, Hoffmann and Riccardo in Verdi’s Oberto and Un Ballo in Maschera at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Jeffrey Uhlig, Pianist, has appeared as collaborative pianist in many concerts in America and also has performed in Russia.  Some of his notable performances have been at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. 

After a joint recital at Weill Recital Hall, Tim Page of The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Uhlig...proved a Mozartean of poise and elegance." His longtime collaboration with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano Barbara Dever has earned him great praise from Robert Baxter of The Camden Courier Post who wrote; "Throughout the recital, pianist Jeffrey Uhlig enfolded Dever's voice with warm-toned accompaniments. Uhlig played commandingly throughout the recital." 

He plays regularly with many members of The Philadelphia Orchestra including Concert Master David Kim, Principal Cellist, Hai-Ye Ni, and Principal Trombonist, Nitzan Haroz.

by Gene Horan

 

Friday, May 29, 2015
Frederick Moyer, pianist

Concert pianist Frederick Moyer, very popular with Rossmoor audiences for his dynamic interpretation of major works, will return here to perform a program of classical piano masterpieces by Beethoven, C.P.E. Bach, Rachmaninoff and others.

The concert, sponsored by the Rossmoor Music Association, will be held in the Meeting House at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29.  Tickets will be available at the door for non-subscribers at a cost of $15.

 

During over thirty years as a full-time concert pianist, Frederick Moyer has established a vital musical career that has taken him to forty-three countries and to such far-flung venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle, Carnegie Recital Hall, Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center. He has appeared as piano soloist with most of the major orchestras of the United States as well as many orchestras of Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia.  

Moyer's far-reaching interests have allowed him to contribute to classical music in unique ways. An avid computer programmer, he often incorporates technology into his concerts. As a member of the Jazz Arts Trio, he performs note-for-note transcriptions of such jazz pianists as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Erroll Garner, bringing this great American music onto classical music stages. In July, 2009, Dr. Paul Green and he unveiled an unfinished piano sonata by Robert Schumann, a find that was widely reported in the national news media. 

In 1992, Moyer started JRI Recordings, which has since produced CDs by numerous world-class musicians. His many recordings on this and other labels comprise works by over thirty composers and reflect an affinity for a wide variety of styles. His CD of Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto was the first commercial recording of a large-scale Romantic work using an orchestra created from sampled sounds. His Mussorgsky/Mendelssohn CD was the first using the Bosendorfer 290 SE Recording Piano. Other recordings include David Ott's Second Piano Concerto with the London Symphony which was written for Moyer. Many other composers have written for Moyer including Pulitzer Prize winners George Walker and Ned Rorem, and Donal Fox whose Etudes of 2002-2006 were written under a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation.

                                                                                                                                                              By Gene Horan

 

April 17: Copeland String Quartet
The concert, sponsored by the Rossmoor Music Association, was held in the Meeting House at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17.

The Copeland String Quartet, made up of four veteran performers with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Kennett Symphony of Chester County and other regional orchestras, is celebrating its tenth year of performing together. The quartet finds inspiration from the vast and dazzling string quartet repertoire.

Players include Eliezer Gutman, violin; Thomas Jackson, violin; Nina Cottman, viola; and Mark Ward, cello. The program includes the String Quartet, Opus 76, No. 1 in G Major by Franz Joseph Haydn; Two Movements for String Quartet by Felix Mendelssohn; and the String Quartet Opus 96, No. 12, in F Major, “American,” by Antonin Dvorak.

Eliezer Gutman: Romanian-born and raised in Israel, Eliezer Gutman has been a member of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and is currently concertmaster with the Kennett Symphony of Chester County, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Delaware. He also performs with various local orchestras, including the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Eliezer has performed solo recitals in France, England, Spain, Israel, and the United States. He was concertmaster of the Israel Technion-Institute Symphony Orchestra, Kibbutzim Symphony Orchestra, the Haifa Israel Symphony Orchestra, and the Ensemble Carmel-Israel Chamber Orchestra.

Eliezer earned a Master of Music degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He finds his greatest joy spending time with his two children, Elad and Ayelet.

Tom Jackson:
Chicago-born Tom Jackson has been a member of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra since 1985.  Currently, he is principal second for the Kennett Symphony of Chester County and Concertmaster for the Delaware County Symphony.  He has also performed with the Philly Pops, the Reading Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony, and early music ensembles such as the Pennsylvania Pro Musica, Serenata and Brandywine Baroque. He is concertmaster emeritus of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and was a member of the Ama Deus ensemble. He also served as concertmaster of the Haddonfield Symphony for four years. Tom's repertoire isn't confined to music.  He is always quick with a million stories, jokes, and puns. Tom teaches violin and chamber music at the Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, Pa 

Nina Cottman: Pennsylvania-born Nina Cottman has been a violist with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra since 1987. She currently performs with other musical organizations in the area, including the Kennett Symphony of Chester County, Opera Delaware, the Festival of Shippensburg University, and Philly Pops. After her graduation from the New School of Music in Philadelphia, Nina joined the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra then moved on to the Oakland Symphony Orchestra in Oakland, California. Nina has been with the Copeland String Quartet since it was formed in 2003. Nina is also on the faculty of the Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch, teaching viola. Nina loves to tell the story of why she decided to play the viola at the age of nine--her mother's name was Viola!

Mark Ward: New York-born Mark Ward currently is the Assistant Principal Cellist with The Delaware Symphony, where he has been a member since 1986. He also plays with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, The Reading Symphony and the Kennett Symphony of Chester County. Over the years, he has played with most of the local musical organizations from the Philadelphia Orchestra to the show rooms of Atlantic City. For many years, he played with The Davidsbund Chamber Players in Philadelphia. He has played with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

Mark graduated from The North Carolina School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music, and later received a fellowship to study with Janos Starker. During his time there he joined the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra and was a winner of the Charleston Symphony Concerto Competition. He studied further at the Julliard School and The Manhattan School. He has taught cello at Duke University.

"I am serious and passionate about the work that I do, and happy to be a musician because I am so often involved in performing some of the greatest achievements of mankind."  


The quartet has performed at venues from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, including the Concerts by Candlelight Series at Laurel Hill Mansion in Philadelphia, PA; Allentown Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA; the Tea and Symphony Series at Highlands Mansion and Garden, Fort Washington, PA; Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown, Johnstown, PA; Greenville Country Club, Wilmington, DE; the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC; Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA, as part of the Bach Festival of Philadelphia; the Champagne Chamber Series of the Delaware Symphony at the Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, DE; the Schwartz Center, Dover, DE; and the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, Lake George, NY.

By Gene Horan

 

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3PM: The Vanguard Jazz Ensemble and Bill Henry Trio with vocalist Cheryl Parker
By popular demand the Rossmoor Music Association is hosting a return engagement of The Vanguard Jazz Ensemble and
Bill Henry Trio with vocalist Cheryl Parker. Don’t miss this sensational jazz concert. It was a full house last year! See the below article for more details.

On Sunday afternoon, March 22, at 3 p.m. in the Meeting House, the Rossmoor Music Association will present a great afternoon of jazz featuring ten outstanding jazz artists, including Rossmoor’s own Toby Del Giudice on saxophone.
   
Last year’s Music Association-sponsored jazz concert was a great success and attracted a very large and happy audience.
Members of the Vanguard Jazz Ensemble include Robert Elinson on baritone saxophone; Toby Del Giudice, saxophone; Alan Glasser, tenor sax; James Bogle, trumpet and flugelhorn; Eric Goldstein, trombone; Alan Stagg, guitar; and the Bill Henry Trio, consisting of Bill on piano; Steve Peterson, bass; and Jarrett Walser, drums.

Vocalist Cheryl Parker has sung music from many genres including opera, classical, gospel, blues, big band and jazz and currently sings for several swing bands.

Light refreshments and fellowship will follow the concert.
It will be a great musical day for Rossmoor so don’t miss out on the fun!
Admission is $10.

By Gene Horan

 

Friday, October 17th at 7:30pm in the Meetinghouse
"Opera to Broadway!"
Featured Singers Shannon Hunt, Ivan Woods and pianist Diane Goldsmith

Ms. Hunt has given vocal recitals all over the United States and in Italy and has performed operatic roles with Brooklyn Repertory Opera, Birmingham Opera Works, and Opera Oggi in Manhattan. She recently received the Rising Star Award from the Minuetto Music Festival and holds awards from Mobile Opera and Classical Presentations.

Mr. Woods was featured at the dedication of the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in Princeton. A former member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under Robert Shaw and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale, he’s appeared on a number of Grammy-winning recordings.

Ms. Goldsmith has won praise for her piano recitals in Lincoln Center and chamber music in Carnegie Recital Hall. She studied with Gary Graffman, former director of the Curtis Institute of Music, and holds a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music. A winner of the Mason & Hamlin competition, she recently presented recitals at Rutgers University and for the Steinway Society.

PROGRAM:

La Ci Darem La Mano
Cinque, Dieci, Venti, Trenta
Se Vuol Ballare
Quando men vo
Vous Qui Faites L’Endormie
Seguidilla
Merry Widow Waltz
Rapture Rapture
The Sun Whose Rays
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General
My Hero
Mozart
Mozart
Mozart
Puccini  
Gounod
Bizet
Lehar
Gilbert/Sullivan
Gilbert/Sullivan
Gilbert/Sullivan
Straus
 

 

Some Enchanted Evening
I Feel Pretty
Somewhere
“Porgy and Bess” medley
Singin’ in the Rain
Somewhere Over the Rainbow                          
Put on a Happy Face  
Just One of Those Things
Anything You Can Do
All I Ask of You 
Hammerstein II/Rodgers
Sondheim/Bernstein
Sondheim/Bernstein/arr. Woods
Gershwin/Gershwin/Heyward/arr.Wagner
Freed/Brown/arr. Hayes
Harburg/Arlen
Adams/Strouse
Porter/arr. Hayes
Berlin/arr. Woods
Hart, Stilgoe/Lloyd Webber
 
 

Friday, September 19th at 7:30pm in the Meetinghouse
"An Evening of Chamber Music"
Featuring the Princeton area orchestra "Sinfonietta Nova"

Entering its seventh season this fall, Sinfonietta Nova is a community orchestra based in West Windsor, offering professional-quality musical performances and cultural enrichment to the central New Jersey area. The orchestra offers four thematically programmed concerts a year and promotes awareness and appreciation of classical music through educational programs in local schools.

The Rossmoor concert gives orchestra members a unique opportunity to showcase smaller groups in a more intimate setting. Pieces on the program will include works by Brahms, Haydn, and Popper.

 

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Sunday at 3PM in the Meetinghouse
"An afternoon of Jazz"
Featuring 5 Jazz artists, including the Bill Henry Trio

On Sunday afternoon, August 17, at 3 p.m. in the Meeting House, the Rossmoor Music Association will present a great afternoon of jazz featuring five outstanding jazz artists, including the Bill Henry Trio.  The Trio (Bill on piano; Steve Peterson, bass; and Jarrett Walser, drums) brought down the house last year with its arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk.” 
  
Last summer’s Music Association-sponsored jazz concert was jam-packed for what Rossmoorite Joe Conti called “The best two hours I’ve ever spent in Rossmoor.”

Bill Henry:
a native of Perth Amboy, has been an active jazz, blues, soul, rock, and gospel pianist for over 20 years. Bill studied with jazz pianist Morris Nanton and has played in groups with jazz greats Bernard Purdie and Jerry Jemmott. He is currently the music director for the A.M.E. Zion church in Red Bank. 

Steve Peterson:
is a native of New Mexico who has been playing string bass off and on for the past 40 years. He had his first professional job at 17 with a country and western band at the El Corral Bar in Santa Fe. Steve worked in the telecommunications industry for 17 years and he played bass in the AT&T Bell Laboratories Holmdel Big Band.  He has been playing with the Bill Henry Trio since 2009.
 
Jarrett Walser:
from Teaneck, is a jazz drummer and composer. A recent graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, Jarrett plays with a variety of jazz groups in New Jersey and New York.


The Trio will be joined by Robert Elinson on saxophone and Cheryl Parker, vocalist.

Rob Elinson, originally from Los Angeles, has performed with the West Coast big bands of Gordon Goodwin, Bill Watrous and Bill Holman, as well as with vocal artists Billy Eckstein, Vic Damone and Barry White. He now resides in New Jersey and has performed with various New York metropolitan area bands, including The Ed Palermo Big Band, The Fins, and the Jazz Lobsters. Rob studied with Warne Marsh, Don Menza, Bill Green and Ralph Bowen.

Cheryl Parker, from the age 4, she has sung music from many genres including opera, classical, gospel, blues, big band and jazz.  She currently sings for three 17-piece swing bands and for several jazz bands. At last year’s concert, Rossmoorite Bob Brubaker compared her singing very favorably to that of Helen Forrest. Cheryl’s recordings include a tribute to American Songbook composer Arthur Schwartz, with jazz great Ken Peplowski.

Refreshments and fellowship will be available after the concert.
The Music Association requests a donation of $10 for this gala concert.

 

June 20, 2014
Friday at 8PM in the Meetinghouse
Ensemble Schumann - Viola, oboe and piano

ENSEMBLE SCHUMANN BIO

Joined in a lively and colorful trio, the outstanding artists of Ensemble Schumann present works by Schumann, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Loeffler, Poulenc, Shostakovich and many others. Pinkas, Larson and Gallant have each performed at venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston, Wigmore Hall in London, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and the festivals at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Lucerne, Spoleto and Mostly Mozart. Together they have been featured at the prestigious Da Camera Series in LA, at the Clark Art Museum in Massachusetts, and on Live From Fraser from WGBH-Radio Boston. Their debut recording of works by Loeffler, Klughardt, Schumann and Kahn, as well as an all-Mozart disc (in collaboration with the Adaskin String Trio) are soon to be released by MSR Classics. Upcoming engagements include concerts in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Tennessee, Missouri and Oklahoma.

About the Artists:

Violist Steve Larson is a Senior Artist Teacher at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, CT, where he has served both as String Department Chair and Chamber Music Chair, and is also on faculty at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Connecticut. The Montreal Gazette has praised his "singing tone, eloquent phrasing, expressive dynamics and flawless intonation," and The Boston Globe hailed his playing as "supercharged, clear-headed, yet soulful." In addition to his work with the Adaskin String Trio and Ensemble Schuman, he performs regularly as a soloist, in duo with his wife, violinist Annie Trépanier, and with their acclaimed chamber group, Avery Ensemble. He performs and teaches each summer at the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia, has performed with the Montreal Symphony, the National Arts Center Orchestra, as a guest with groups such as the Emerson & Miami String Quartets, and is a former member of the Alcan String Quartet. In 1997, Mr. Larson won second prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, UK, receiving the special award for his performance of the commissioned work. He holds degrees from McGill Universtiy, the University of Montreal and The Hartt School.

Oboist Thomas Gallant is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on his instrument. His astonishing technique and breath control have often been compared to that of the great violinists and singers. Mr. Gallant has been praised by the New Yorker magazine as "…a player who unites technical mastery with intentness, charm and wit..." Mr. Gallant is a First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition. His performances have taken him to Avery Fisher Hall and the Frick Collection in New York City, to Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, as well as to the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and to the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Kronos Quartet at the Ravinia Festival and has collaborated with flutists Jean-Pierre Rampal and with Cuarteto Casals, the Colorado and Lark Quartets, Cuarteto Latinoamericano and with the Adaskin String Trio. Mr. Gallant is the solo oboist of the Wind Soloists of New York and is a member of Ensemble Schumann. He plays on an “Evoluzione” oboe made by the Italian maker Fratelli Patricola.

Pianist Sally Pinkas   Following her Wigmore Hall debut, Israeli-born pianist Sally Pinkas has been heard as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the USA, Europe, China, Southeast Asia, Russia and Nigeria.  Described by Gramophone Magazine as “...an artist who melds lucid textures with subtle expressive detailing, minus hints of bombast or mannerism...”, she has appeared with the Boston Pops, the Aspen Philharmonia, Jupiter Symphony and the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra.  Summer festival credits include Rockport, Marlboro, Tanglewood, Apple Hill and Aspen, as well as Kfar Blum (Israel), Officina Scotese (Italy) and Masters de Pontlevoy (France). Pinkas’ extensive discography includes works by Debussy (Centaur), Christian Wolff (Mode), Rochberg, Gaubert, Martinu (Naxos), Fauré (Musica Omnia) and Schumann (MSR).  She is a member of the Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo, Ensemble Schumann, and Trio Tremonti, and collaborates regularly with the Adaskin String Trio.  Trained in the USA, Pinkas holds performance degrees from Indiana University and the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Ph.D. in Composition from Brandeis University.  She is Pianist-in-residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College.

 

May 16, 2014
Friday at 8PM in the Meetinghouse
Evan Drachman,
cellist
Doris Stevenson, pianist accompanist

"Cellist Evan Drachman has combined artistic talent with great personal warmth and compassion to create a distinctive musical career. Mr. Drachman is increasingly sought-after both for his solo and chamber music performances, and as one of the most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music for diverse audiences. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Piatigorsky Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to make live classical music a part of the fabric of everyday life, especially for communities who would otherwise not have the opportunity to hear it. The organization is named for Evan Drachman's grandfather, the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.

In 1999, Mr. Drachman released his first solo CD, 'A Frog He Went a Courting', with pianist Richard Dowling. The Baltimore Sun's Steven Wigler wrote of the recording: 'Drachman possesses in abundance two qualities for which his grandfather was revered: the ability to make the cello imitate the human singing voice and, even more important, the ability to tell a story.'

Since graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1988, Mr. Drachman has appeared regularly as soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States. He has also played recitals in India, Great Britain, Sweden, Italy and Canada. He toured the Far East as soloist with the Chinese-American Symphony in Taipei and giving recitals in Hong Kong and Macau. In 1994, Mr. Drachman performed with the Odessa Philharmonic in Odessa and Kiev. In July 1997, at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich, he returned to Russia to perform as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Maestro Rostropovich at the Second World Cello Congress.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Evan Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music. His principal teachers were Stephen Kates, Laurence Lesser, Luis Garcia-Renart, William Pleeth, and Orlando Cole. He has spent his summers performing at music festivals including Aspen, Yale at Norfolk, the Park City International Music Festival, the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, Prussia Cove in Aldeburgh, England and at the Cennina Music Festival in Italy.

Mr. Drachman has a special love for Alaska and returns frequently to perform for the Sitka Summer Music Festival at the invitation of the Festival's founder, violinist Paul Rosenthal."

Courtesy of the The Piatigorsky Foundation Website

Pianist Doris Stevenson has won lavish praise from critics and public alike in performances around the world.  She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Salle Pleyel in Paris and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.  Her acute sensitivity and profound musicality have made her a sought-after partner with some of the leading lights in string playing. She has performed with Gregor Piatigorsky, Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier, great players of the past.  Early in her career, she was invited to play with Heifetz and Piatigorsky together.  She was pianist for the cello master classes of Gregor Piatigorsky, who described her as "an artist of the highest order."  She is a founding member of the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska and has participated in many other chamber music festivals, including the Grand Canyon Festival, Steamboat Springs in the Mountains, Park City International Festival and Chamber Music/L.A.
 
Her recordings include the Saint Saens violin sonatas with Andres Cardenes on the Arabesque label and the complete Mendelssohn cello works with Jeffrey Solow for Centaur, as well as three CDs with cellist Nathaniel Rosen:  the Brahms Sonatas for JMR records, plus two albums of romantic pieces entitled "Reverie" and "Orientale" for Northstar.  A recent Stravinsky CD with violinist Mark Peskanov received a Grammy nomination.  Miss Stevenson taught for ten years at the University of Southern California and has been Artist in Residence at Williams College since 1987.
 

April 18, 2014
Friday at 8PM in the Meetinghouse
Violinist Betty Zhou and Accompanist Sean Y Chen

Returning for the third time.

Violinist Betty Zhou

Betty has played in concert series with the NJ Symphony in 2006 and 2009 under Neёme Jarvi and  Emil de Cou, and with the Ocean City Pops, the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra and the Bloomfield Symphony.  She is currently in her third year undergraduate at the Juilliard School, studyingwith Naoko Tanaka and Hyo Kang.

Accompanist Sean Y Chen

 

 

 

Sean Chen is a second prize winner at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition and prizewinner at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition. 

He is a Masters student at the Juilliard School, where he also received his Bachelors Degree. 

His teachers include Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio and teacher-mentor Edward Francis..

 

"Violin, Cello and Flute"
from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
November 2013 Program

Presented on Sunday, November 24th, at 8 PM in the Meetinghouse

Wendy Stern, flutist

Flutist Wendy Stern received her Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, where she was a scholarship student of Julius Baker and Samuel Baron. She has also studied with Toshio Takahashi at the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan and with Keith Underwood in NYC. Wendy has been the guest recital artist and clinician at Suzuki Institutes at East Tennessee State University, Ithaca College, Denison University, Rockford College, the Levine School in Washington, D.C. and MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has also performed and given workshops at National Flute Association Conventions in New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Georgia and California and the British Flute Society conference in Manchester, England.

Wendy is a member of the dynamic and innovative group, Flute Force, winner of the Artists International Competition and recipient of numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the New York Council of the Arts. With Flute Force, Wendy has performed and coached chamber music in Australia, Canada and throughout the United States. Flute Force has recorded CDs for CRI, VAl, lnnova, MPR, and Windham Hill.

As a freelance flutist in New York, Wendy is on the substitute roster of many prestigious organizations, and as such, has played in the flute sections of the New York Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she presently is on the sub list of the Broadway productions of Cinderella and Phantom of the Opera.

A dedicated teacher, Wendy's present and former students have won competitions at the New York Flute Club, MTNA, NJMTEA and ABRSM and have attended Curtis, New England Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes and Juilliard.

Darryl Kubian, violinist

Darryl Kubian is a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestras first violin section under the direction of Maestro Neme Jarvi and former principal 2nd violin of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Robert Spano. He has been a featured soloist with trumpeter Randy Brecker and the NJSO in a program of music by Charlie Parker entitled Byrd Lives! as well as producing and performing arrangements of Duke Ellingtons Sacred Songs in cooperation with the NJSO and the Jazz studies program at Rutgers University. In addition to his many solo and chamber ensemble performances Mr. Kubian has performed in many Broadway musicals including The King & I, Show Boat, Crazy for you and Tommy.

Specializing in original instrument performance practice is also a major component of Mr. Kubian's playing style and passion. He has performed in the US & Europe with artists such as Trevor Pinnock, Bruno Weill and Nicholas McGegan.

Active as a composer and recording engineer, Mr. Kubian’s electric and acoustic violin concerto, entitled 3-2-1, is being premiered by the NJSO this season under the baton of Maestro Jarvi and concertmaster Eric Wyrick as soloist.

  Mr. Kubian’s music production company Xtreme Medium is involved with many diverse projects.Highlights include composing the music for the Discovery Channels docudrama Raging Rapids which also ran theatrically at SONYs High-Definition Television theater, scoring for National Geographics Phobias, Really Wild Animals and Killer Ice, producing two HDCDs for the NJSOs principal flutist Bart Feller, engineering and producing various CDs for The Elements Quartet, The Oberon Quartet, The Halcyon Trio and violinist Garrett Fischbach from The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Past projects include scores for National Geographic, Pangolin Pictures, NHK, Discovery Channel, CBS, The Learning Channel, The Travel Channel, Discovery Health and the Disney Channel.

Darryl has just released his first solo CD entitled String Theory. This CD explores the rich tradition of the violin as a solo instrument through original music and arrangements infused with the sounds, styles and techniques of modern music making. It features the Zeta 5-string MIDI violin and an 18-piece string section .It is being distributed by CD Baby.com and the iTunes Music Store.

Future projects include new electric violin CD and a chamber piece for strings and Theremin, which Mr. Kubian is an avid performer and proponent of. He received his BM and MM at Rutgers University where he studied violin with Arnold Steinhart, Hiroko Yajima, Benjamin Hudson and composition with Charles Wuorinen.

Ani Kalayjian, cellist

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “representing the young, up-and-coming generation,” and a cellist with “notable conviction and skill,” by San Diego Arts, Armenian-American cellist Ani Kalayjian enjoys an exciting career that has taken her to Japan, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United Sates, both as a soloist and chamber musician. 

Recognized for her innovative programs and passionate about expressing music to a wide audience, Ani has performed music from hospitals to concert halls, nursing homes, fundraisers and schools among other communities. 

This season has included tours around Spain and the United States as cellist of the Sima trio and as a chamber music artist at Music in May chamber music festival in CA and Steamboat festival in CO, among others.

 

Recent chamber music performances have included appearances at IMS Prussia Cove in England, Lark Chamber Music Society and La Jolla Chamber Music Festival in California, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festivals as a Shouse Artist in Michigan, BargeMusic in NY, American String Project in Seattle, Camerata Nordica in a U.S. and Swedish tour, Lichfield Festival in England, and a Weill Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall. 

She has performed at numerous universities around the US, including Harvard, Colombia, Dartmouth, Colby, Bates, Eastern Nazarene, Trinity, among others.  Her competition successes includes winning the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust competition in England as a soloist where she was also granted the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation Prize, as well as a top prize at the J.C. Arriaga chamber music competition with Sima Trio.   She has  also enjoyed collaborations with such musicians as Ani Kavafian, Jorja Fleezanis, Andres Cardenes, Kim Kashkashian, among others, and has served as co-artistic director of AGBU’s Performing Artists at Weill Recital Hall.

As cellist of the Sima Trio, she has performed at major venues in the USA, such as Rutgers Zimmerli Arts Museum in New Brunswick, Dweck Center in Brooklyn, Saugerties ProMusica Series in New York, Avalon Theater in Easton, MD, Parish Hall in Wye Mills, MD, Ridotto series in Huntington, NY, Little Rock Chamber Music Society in Arkansas, Fortuna Music Club and Fort Bragg Arts Center in California, Izumi Hall in Osaka, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, among others.

Ani was one of two cellists accepted into the inaugural season of David Finckel and Wu Han’s Music@Menlo festival.  She has also taken part in Michael Tilson Thomas’ Carnegie Hall workshop in NY, Pablo Casals Prades festival in France, Mendelsohn on Mull in Scotland, Banff in Canada, Sarasota/FL, Apeldoorn/Holland, London Masterclasses, New York String Seminar, Holland Music Sessions and the RNCM International Cello Festival in England.  At Prussia Cove, she was featured in a BBC documentary playing in a masterclass with Steven Isserlis.   Ani completed her Masters degree with Distinction at the Royal Northern College of Music as a student of Ralph Kirshbaum.  Undergraduate studies were at Mannes College of Music as a student of Timothy Eddy.  Passionate about teaching, Ani currently serves on faculty at the Elisabeth Morrow and Horace Mann schools. 

courtesy of Ms Kalayjian's Website at http://www.anikalayjian.com

 
"The French-Russian Connection"
by The All Seasons Chamber Players
October 2013 Program

Presented on Friday, October 18th, at 8 PM in the Meetinghouse

The All Seasons Chamber Players, one of New Jersey's most popular and active chamber music ensembles, returned to the Meeting House at Rossmoor, Monroe Township, NJ on Friday evening, October 18 at 8:00 P.M.

This concert is part of the series offered by the Rossmoor Music Association and marks the eighth performance by the ensemble since 1994.The program will include a set of short pieces for cello and piano performed by cellist E. Zoe Hassman and pianist Jean Strickholm by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Faure and Tchaikovsky; the light and tuneful Musique de Cour for Flute, Violin and Piano by Jean Francaix featuring Brenda Sakofsky on flute; and the passionate a beautiful Trio in D Minor for Violin Cello and Piano by Anton Arensky. Robert Lawrence, Co-Director for Programs, will introduce each piece to the audience with entertaining spoken program notes. A special Guest artist, Jacqueline Schiller-Audi of Paramus, NJ will join the ensemble in the Francaix and Arensky trios.

Now in its 33rd season, All Seasons Chamber Players has performed over 700 live concerts in the metropolitan area. In addition, thousands of people have heard the ensemble on Cablevision's MetroArtsl13 programs, COMCAST, WTT-35 and other local cable TV stations. Winner of the Award for Artistic Excellence from the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, the ensemble has also received grants from several corporate and private sources. Performers are professional musicians who also play with major area orchestras, Broadway shows and summer music festivals.

 

"Romanticism Forever Young"
September 2013 Program

Presented on Friday, Sept 27th, at 8 PM in the Meetinghouse

Tanya Anisimova, cellist

   Internationally renowned musician, Tanya Anisimova, defies    categorization. This superb cellist, composer, improviser, singer, and    arranger, is as much at ease performing her own cello concerto with a    symphony orchestra as she is improvising in concert with legendary New    Age musician Paul Horn.

   Highly educated in her field, Ms. Anisimova holds graduate degrees from    Moscow Conservatory, Boston University and Yale. She is an active    pedagogue and lecturer, and has presented numerous lectures and    demonstrations on the music of J. S. Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven at    Portal de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (U.N.A.M.) at the    University of Mexico and the Conservatorio De Las Rosas in Morelia.

   Ms. Anisimova has taught master-classes in cello, improvisation, and    chamber music at Moscow Conservatory, Icelandic Academy of Fine    Arts, Hartt School of Music, Loyola University, and Virginia    Commonwealth University among others.

   Celebrated cellist Janos Starker has hailed Anisimova as, “an Everest    climber,” and a “high class cellist with a strong and inventive musical    mind.” Legendary conductor Zubin Metha described her as “the    exceptional talent.” As a prolific composer, Anisimova’s original work,    Caravan, was selected as the best work at the World Saxophone    Congress in the United Kingdom in 2012.

As a recording artist, Anisimova has produced nine CD albums featuring an extensive repertoire ranging from her own cello transcriptions of Bach’s Six Violin Sonatas and Partitas, as well as her own compositions and improvisations, to a video performance of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with Symphonicity Orchestra.

For her most recent project, Anisimova has partnered with Taiwanese pianist Pi- Hsun Shih on DVD which mirrors their 2012 hugely successful Carnegie Hall Recital and features music from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

For more information about the artist please go to the following web site: http://www.tanyaanisimova.com/ Please also watch Tanya’s recent rendition of the famed Bloch’s Schelomo with the Symphonicity Orchestra at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC2vVwzlhnY

       

Pi-Hsun Shih, pianist

Described as a pianist of "searing precision" by the Hartford Courant, Pi-Hsun Shih enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and teacher.

The Taiwanese-American musician has been a featured soloist with the Sao Paulo State Symphony, The Hartt Symphony, and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, for whom she served as the principal keyboardist. She has
performed throughout North America, South America, and Asia with ensembles such as Empire Brass and the Emerson String Quartet.

Ms. Shih has been a participant in a number of diverse chamber ensembles. Early in her career, she performed in the clarinet-piano ensemble Duo
Asiatica, whose self-titled album was chosen as Record of the Month by Shanghai's Xinmin newspaper. In a review of the recording, the International Clarinet Magazine praised Ms. Shih for a “passionate virtuosity,” that supported, not supplanted the soloist. A sensitive collaborator, Ms. Shih later was invited
to join the New World Piano Trio, with whom she has performed for over a decade. She has also concertized with her sister Yu-Chen Shih, as Duo
Asiana, a piano duet that recently won Second Prize at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston. Her experience with those ensembles has allowed her to build on the strong grounding in classical repertoire she received at The Hartt School (D.M.A.) and Boston University (M.M.) and develop a musical style characterized by the Hartford Courant
as full of "agile ease and brilliant flashes of panache."

Ms. Shih's recent collaborations have focused on promoting contemporary compositions. She has premiered works by Shih-Hui Chen, David Macbride,
Dan Román, Robert Edward Smith, Kurt Stallman, Ken Steen, and Gwyneth Walker. She regularly performs with Russian cellist/composer Tanya Anisimova and is a member of the Kelet Duo, a violin-piano ensemble dedicated to presenting new music from East Asia and Eastern Europe.

Ms. Shih balances her vibrant performing career with an equally active teaching schedule. Currently on the faculty of the Hartt School Community Division and the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University, she has also taught at Mount Holyoke College and in the Hartt School Collegiate Division. She studied with Gary Steigerwalt, Hong-Kuan Chen, Irma Vallecillo and Rolf-Peter Wille.

 

"Opera to Broadway"
June 2013 Program

Presented on Friday, June 7, at 8 PM in the Meetinghouse

Arias, songs and duets from great operas and shows - Chloe Moore, soprano; Markus Beam, baritone; Jeffrey Uhlig, piano.

Chloé Moore, soprano

Dual Canadian and French citizen, Lyric Soprano Chloé Moore is described as “touching and radiant in personality and voice”. Her voice lends itself particularly to the Bel Canto and French Grand Opera repertory. 

Currently a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts studying with Bill Schuman, Chloé performed Zdenka in Arabella , Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mistress Brown in the World Premiere of Garwood’s The Scarlet Letter, and Sorella Infermiera in Suor Angelica last season. Upcoming roles include Antonia and Stella in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, and Adina in L’elisir d’amore this season, also with the Academy of Vocal Arts. She also looks forward to performing in the Mozart Requiem and Beethoven 9th Symphony in the Spring with the New Jersey MasterChorale. She recently performed Giulietta in I Capuleti ed I Montecchi, Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Frasquita in Carmen at the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado.  Chloe has performed roles with Central City Opera, Arizona Opera, Chesapeake Concert Opera, Center City Opera Theater, New York Lyric Opera and with the Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado International Music Festival in Cajeme, Mexico. 

Chloé has already received many accolades in 2011. They include receiving the Rosalind Jackson Memorial Award with the Crested Butte Music Festival, Encouragement Awards with both the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition. She was also a Finalist in the George London Foundation Awards Competition and the Opera Index Vocal Competition.

 

 

Markus Beam, Baritone

American baritone Markus Beam is rapidly establishing himself in the opera world with performances in both the United States and Europe.

Markus Beam's 2011-2012 season included Papageno in a new production of Die Zauberflöte, as well as further performances of Rossini's Figaro, with Theater St. Gallen, and Bach's B Minor Mass at Avery Fisher Hall.

He made a last-minute appearance as Schaunard in La bohème at Santa Fe Opera in the summer of 2011. The 2010-11 season found Mr. Beam with Theater St. Gallen, performing the roles of Falke in Die Fledermaus, Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon, and his role debut as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia; in a return to Leipzig Oper for Schaunard in La Bohème; and in a return to Avery Fisher Hall for Handel’s Messiah.

Mr. Beam is the recipient of numerous prizes including the Dixie Drechsler scholarship from the American Berlin Opera Foundation, a prize from the Liederkranz Foundation, Encouragement Grants from the George London Foundation, from the Marian Anderson Competition and from Opera Index; a Study Grand from the Licia Albanese/ Puccini Foundation and a Grant from the Nelson Eddy Scholarship Foundation. He is a Regional Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

 
 

Jeffrey Uhlig, Pianist

Jeffrey Uhlig has appeared as collaborative pianist in many concerts in America and also has performed in Russia.  Some of his notable performances have been at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.  After a joint recital at Weill Recital Hall, Tim Page of  The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Uhlig...proved a Mozartean of poise and elegance." His longtime collaboration with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano Barbara Dever has earned him great praise from Robert Baxter of The Camden Courier Post who wrote; "Throughout the recital, pianist Jeffrey Uhlig enfolded Dever's voice with warm-toned accompaniments.  Uhlig played commandingly throughout the recital."  He plays regularly with many members of The Philadelphia Orchestra including Concert Master David Kim, Principal Cellist, Hai-Ye Ni and Principal Trombonist, Nitzan Haroz.

          Mr. Uhlig studied piano with William Masselos and Gaby Casadesus and studied art song literature with Dalton Baldwin.  He received a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University. 

          Jeffrey Uhlig has performed with many outstanding singers and instrumentalists including many members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera.  He is in demand as a chamber music player, vocal coach and accompanist and is a faculty member at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia where he holds The Lilian Kraus Felber Distinguished Faculty Chair in Piano.  In New Jersey, Mr. Uhlig is Principal Keyboard and Vocal Coach with The Ocean City Pops Orchestra and for many years served as Principal Keyboard with Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

   
 

Eric Clark, piano
May 2013 Program

Presented on Friday, May 17, at 8PM in the Meetinghouse

Pianist Eric Clark , now twenty-five years old, has been heard throughout much of the United States and in Europe . Eric has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, in Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall and Carnegie Music Hall, and at Severence Hall, in Cleveland . In Europe, he has given solo recitals in Germany and Italy , the most recent of which was a benefit concert at the Ahaus Castle in Germany , which raised over five thousand dollars for the Haiti relief efforts.

Eric is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University , where he studied with Sergey Schepkin (from ‘07-‘09) and Enrique Graf ('03-'07). He also coached with Earl Wild and Ilana Vered during these years. He graduated in 2007 with college and university honors, and received a full scholarship to complete his master's degree, conferred in 2009.





courtesy of Mr Clark's website at http://ericclarkpianist.com/

 


 

The Delaware River Consort (DRC) vocal quartet
April 2013 Program

Was presented on Friday, April 19, at 8PM in the Meetinghouse

Tthe Rossmoor Music Association will host a performance by The Delaware River Consort (DRC) vocal quartet.

Currently in its 30th consecutive year of performing throughout central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, the core of the DRC repertoire is multi-part music of the European Renaissance and Baroque periods.

The 4 singers reside close to the Delaware River (2 on each side) which explains the quartet’s name. While none are primarily professional musicians, each has their own unique musical training and performance background which ultimately contributes to the overall quartet sound and expressiveness.

Titled “A Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration with the DRC” reflecting the quartet’s musical journey, the April 19 program will feature a number of 13th through 18th century European madrigals and anthems, interspersed with vocal music from more recent times. The evening promises to be filled with love songs (some sweet, some a bit bawdy), hymns, songs of Spring, lots of birds, and one very frightened pig!"

The Consort is a member of the Guild For Early Music which serves Central New Jersey and Easter and Central Pennsylvania. Click on this link to visit their website.

(Our appreciation to the Guild for the included picture of the Delaware River Consort.)
 

Maureen Kyle, soprano
Lisa Carmalt, alto
Larry Parker, tenor
Jacques Lebel, bass

 

2012
Program was presented on Friday, November 9 at 8PM
Donald Sheasley, baritone

This baritone has continued to amaze with his powerfully ringing Verdi voice in concert, recital and full-blown opera performances throughout Central NJ, especially with the young company — Opera Project of Lambertville – New Hope area.

Don is familiar to Rossmoor having been a soloist at the Community Church services several times annually since 1982.

A singer of non-opera music from his early church choir days at age 8 to community and academic venues through age 42, Don did not first fathom an opera score until he was 43. Having only private training with several singer teachers, Don has sung several scores of roles in the last 33 years – from Escamillo to Sarastro to Count Almavira to Horace Tabor – almost the whole standard Baritone repertoire at one time or another.  A resident of Princeton, Don finds time to teach poetry courses at OLLIRU—the Rutgers offering for Life Long learners—to read for the local studio of RFB&D and to serve on a number of community-service boards.

He takes great pleasure in actively singing to support the efforts of small opera companies trying to keep their artistic work alive and to glorify that most wonderful of cultural and artistic endeavors, opera!


 

 
"Professionally, he has appeared in over fifty roles on the stages of most New Jersey opera companies. His favorites are Rigoletto, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Count Almaviva inLe Nozze di Figaro, Tonio and Silvio in Pagliacci, Scarpia in Tosca, and Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana. With Berks Grand Opera he appeared as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. Besides his opera performances he can be heard singing oratorio, cabaret and concert throughout New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. A long-time academic and community theater actor-director, Mr. Sheasley has been seen as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Emil deBecque in South Pacific, and Horace Tabor in the seldom produced Ballad of Baby Doe. He is a former high school English teacher and golf coach, and resides in Princeton." (in appreciation to the Website of the Opera Project.)
 

October 5, 2012 Program
8PM Meetinghouse

Trio Tremonti, piano, violin, and cello

Saul Bitrán, Violin
Sally Pinkas, Piano
Jan Müller-Szeraws, Cello

Following its enthusiastically-received Hopkins Center Debut, Trio Tremonti is fast becoming one of the most sought after ensembles in New England. Violinist Saul Bitrán, cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws and pianist Sally Pinkas, each a seasoned soloist, have appeared in such venues as Marlboro, Jordan Hall, Concertgebouw, Teatro alla Scala, and many others. Their recent live broadcast of a rarely-heard Dvořák Trio at WGBH-Boston drew rave reviews from the Boston musical community who noted their deep musical kinship. Trio Tremonti is dedicated to the exploration of the rich repertoire of the piano trio, spanning three centuries. “The group’s chemistry was apparent in the flawless performance”, The Dartmouth.

Violinist Saul Bitrán has been first violinist with Grammy nominated Cuarteto Latinoamericano since 1986. A graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, Bitrán has toured worldwide and recorded extensively with the Cuarteto. As a soloist, he has played with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Dallas Symphony and National Arts Center Orchestra among many others. The Cuarteto Latinoamericano, recipient of the Mexican government Fine Arts Medal, served as Quartet in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh between 1987 and 2008, where Saul Bitrán was Associate Professor and Artist in Residence. Currently, the Cuarteto heads the Latin American Academy for String Quartets, in Caracas, Venezuela, under the auspices of the Sistema. “Bitrán’s staggering virtuosity was jaw-dropping”, Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Pianist Sally Pinkas Following her Wigmore Hall debut, Israeli-born Sally Pinkas has been heard in recital throughout Europe and the USA. She has toured Russia, China and Nigeria as half of the Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo (with her husband Evan Hirsch), and has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops, Jupiter Symphony, Aspen Philharmonia and the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra. Pinkas is a member of Ensemble Schumann (an Oboe-Viola-Piano Trio) and collaborates frequently with the Adaskin String Trio. Summer festival credits include Marlboro, Rockport, Pontlevoy (France) and Kfar Blum (Israel). Her critically-acclaimed discography features works by Schumann, Fauré, Debussy, Martinů and Rochberg, released on Naxos, MSR and Centaur. Pianist-in-residence of the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, Pinkas teaches piano at Dartmouth's Music Department. "Pinkas gives superbly committed performances”, BBC Music Magazine.

Cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws musical journey has taken him over three continents as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Recent performances have included solo engagements with the New England Philharmonic, the Concord Orchestra, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. His recording of the Allende cello concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile has been released by the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts. Müller-Szeraws has been a guest artist at festivals such as the Cape & Islands, Rockport, El Paso Pro-Musica, Music at Gretna and Kingston Chamber Music Festivals. He is member of contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva and Mistral, the resident and touring ensemble of the Andover Chamber Music Series. A visiting professor at the Universidad Católica de Chile in 2007/2008, he is currently on faculty at the Phillips Academy Andover and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He is a grant recipient of the Saul and Naomi Cohen Foundation. "Müller-Szeraws played with precision and passion", Boston Musical Intelligencer.

 

September 7, 2012 Program

Mark O'Kain and Jeffrey Uhlig
Percussionist and Pianist Program

Mark O'Kain is Principal Percussionist with The Ocean City POPS Orchestra in Ocean City, New Jersey. In addition, Mark is the orchestra's Personnel Manager and Music Librarian.

He is also very active in the theater music world. Most recently, he played drums and percussion for the U.S. tour of "Edward Scissorhands". No stranger to touring - Mark played for the national tour of "Les Miserables" for 7 years. He also played an entire touring season of “My Fair Lady” and is currently touring with “Mary Poppins”.

Mark was a member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band from 1994-1998. During that time he played frequently at the White House, went on three national tours, and was active in the Band's Chamber Recital Program Series. As a former member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, he established and directed the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Percussion Ensemble. He worked for eight seasons as Staff Percussionist at Opryland, USA in Nashville, TN. Mark received the Master of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University.

Mark performs frequently in collaboration with Jeffrey Uhlig. They recently released their first CD entitled "Classics to Ragtime".

 

Jeffrey Uhlig has appeared as collaborative pianist in many concerts in America and also has performed in Russia. Some of his notable performances have been at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. After a joint recital at Weill Recital Hall, Tim Page of The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Uhlig...proved a Mozartean of poise and elegance." His longtime collaboration with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano Barbara Dever has earned him great praise, most recently from Robert Baxter of The Camden Courier Post who wrote; "Throughout the recital, pianist Jeffrey Uhlig enfolded Dever's voice with warm-toned accompaniments. Uhlig played commandingly throughout the recital."

Mr. Uhlig studied piano with William Masselos and Gaby Casadesus and studied art song literature with Dalton Baldwin. He received a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University.

Jeffrey Uhlig has performed with many outstanding singers and instrumentalists including members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera. He is in demand as a chamber music player, vocal coach and accompanist and at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia he holds The Lilian Kraus Felber Distinguished Faculty Chair in Piano. In New Jersey, Mr. Uhlig is Principal Keyboard with The Ocean City Pops Orchestra. For many years he served as Principal Keyboard with Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

 

Sunday, June 17, 2012
8PM
in the Meetinghouse

The Ridgewood Trio

Barbara Biggers, harpist
Stephen Fang, cellist
Darryl Kubian, violinist

Barbara Biggers has been described by reviewers as one who “plays with beauty and nuance” and “creates a luminous sound”. As an active freelancer in the New York area, Ms. Biggers is principal harp with the Westfield Symphony, and also performs regularly with the New Jersey Symphony as well as many other groups in the New York area. As soloist, she has appeared with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Monmouth Symphony, Newtown Chamber Symphony, Marble Collegiate Concert Series, American Harp Society and has performed at Merkin Concert Hall in recital. Ms Biggers also maintains a large private teaching studio, and has done numerous master classes for the American Harp Society.

Ms. Biggers has been principal harp with the hit Broadway musicals Follies, Ragtime and Nine. Her other Broadway credits include Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, The Pirate Queen, Wicked, The Light in the Piazza, 42nd Street, Carousel.

Stephen Fang has been Assistant Principal Cellist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 2007. Prior to winning hisposition at the NJSO, he served as Assistant Principal of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Akron Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of the Iris Chamber Orchestra and Canton Symphony Orchestra. Some of his awards as a chamber musician include the Grand Prize at the 30th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and First Prize at the 56th and 59th Annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competitions. He has performed concertos with orchestras including the NJSO, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Colonial Symphony, Livingston Symphony Orchestra, Montclair Chamber Ensemble and New Jersey Philharmonic. Fang has been the cello coach of the Greater Newark Youth Orchestra since 2007. He studied withpreeminent professors and principal cellists of major orchestras, including Carter Brey, Richard Aaron, Desmond Hoebig, Stephen Geber and Eric Kim. He earned his bachelor’s and graduate degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was the winner of the 2003 Ellis A. Feiman Memorial Award for Achievement in Cello and 2003 Dr. Bennett Levine Memorial Award for Achievement in Chamber Music.

Darryl Kubian is a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s first violin section under the direction of Maestro Neme Järvi and former principal second violin of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra with Lukas Foss, Dennis Russell Davies and most recently Robert Spano. The 2007-2008 season marked the premiere of Mr. Kubian’s concerto for electric/acoustic violin and orchestra ‘3-2-1’, which was commissioned by the NJSO and dedicated to Maestro Järvi and concertmaster/soloist Eric Wyrick. Based on the work of renowned physicists, Lawrence M. Krauss and Glenn D. Starkman, ‘3-2-1’ traces the fate of the universe as it expands out from the big bang toward an unfathomable infinity. The solo violin conjoins the elemental with a human presence. Following the critically successful premiere of the concerto, Scientific American featured ‘3-2-1’ in its 60-Second Science blog, describing it as a ‘beautiful example of what happens when artists are inspired by scientific discoveries’.
In 2006, Darryl composed a special 70th birthday piece for Maestro Järvi entitled ‘The Maestro Waltz’ which was the featured encore for the final two weeks of the season as well as appearing in Maestro Järvi’s biography, ‘The Maestro’s Touch’. Mr. Kubian also received a commission from The New Sussex Symphony for an overture entitled ‘Occam’s Razor’ celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ensemble. This new work was premiered in May of 2009.

Darryl has been a featured soloist with the NJSO on theremin performing the ‘Cantelina’ from ‘Bachianas Brasilerias No. 5’, playing jazz violin with trumpeter Randy Brecker in a program of music by Charlie Parker entitled ‘Byrd Lives!’ as well as arranging and performing Duke Ellington’s ‘Sacred Songs’ in cooperation with the NJSO and the Jazz Studies Program at Rutgers University. Mr. Kubian’s improvisational skills have also been highlighted with artists such as Nigel Kennedy, Al Jarreau, Bobby Short and Rene Fleming. In addition to his many solo and chamber ensemble performances using modern, electric and period instruments, Mr. Kubian has performed in many Broadway musicals including ‘The King & I’, ‘Show Boat’, ‘Crazy for You’ and ‘Tommy’. He has also recorded with such noted artists as Trevor Pinnock, Malcolm Bilson, Meredith Monk, Bruno Weil, Zdenek Macal and Phillip Glass.

Mr. Kubian’s music production company Xtreme Medium is involved with many diverse projects which includes the completion of the score for “Living With Predators” for the Wildlife Conservation Society based at The Bronx Zoo. This DVD release, narrated by Glenn Close, is being used as a lobbying tool to save The Endangered Species Act, which is currently under threat. A lighter hearted project was the scoring of all of the Bronx Zoo’s video podcasts for use on their website and on-site kiosks. Other highlights include composing the music for the Discovery Channel’s ‘Jaws & Claws’ series, ‘U.S.S. Indianapolis’ and the docudrama ‘Raging Rapids’ which also ran theatrically at SONY’s High-Definition Television Theatre. Darryl’s scoring for National Geographic includes ‘Phobias’, ‘Killer Ice’, ‘Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union’ and ‘Really Wild Animals’ which starred Dudley Moore. Past projects include music for Pangolin Pictures, NHK, CBS, The Learning Channel, The Travel Channel, Discovery Health and the Disney Channel.

In 2004, Darryl released his first solo CD entitled ‘String Theory’. This CD explores the rich tradition of the violin as a solo instrument through original music and arrangements infused with the sounds, styles and techniques of modern music making. It features the Zeta 5-string MIDI violin, an 18-piece string section and is being distributed by CD Baby.com and the iTunes website.

 

Friday, May 18 2012
8PM
in the Meetinghouse

Avery Ensemble (violin, viola, cello and piano)      


"U
nique among American chamber ensembles, the Avery Ensemble performs a breadth of styles spanning the history of Western instrumental music.

For them the art music of the seventeenth century and that of the twenty-first belongs to one and the very same musical tradition – Purcell and Mozart become not merely ancestors to Brahms and Schnittke, but siblings.

The ensemble’s remarkable chemistry is revealed in performances that extract the utmost meaning from each work in its diverse repertoire. Unrivaled virtuosity, depth of understanding and passion distinguish their presentations of the standard chamber music repertoire, seventeenth-century music and post-modern masterpieces."

Adriana Jarvis, piano
Annie Trepanier, violin
Steve Larson, viola
Hans Twitchell, cello

from the Avery Ensemble Website

 
April 20, 2012 Friday in the Meetinghouse
Richard Dowling, pianist

from the Piatagorsky Foundation
Hailed by The New York Times as “an especially impressive fine young pianist,” Richard Dowling appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime festivals, and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with orchestras.

He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and exciting style of playing which earns him frequent return engagements. An artist of international stature, Mr. Dowling has presented solo recitals in the Far East, Australia, Africa, and Europe. Career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, and a special award from the National Federation of Music Clubs recognizing his outstanding performances of American music.

In the United States he has received nationwide attention for recitals seen on the PBS television program Debut, and heard on the NPR radio program Performance Today. In New York, Mr. Dowling has performed in Central Park with orchestra, and in recitals at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, the 92nd Street Y, Steinway Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Trinity Church, St. Bartholomew’s Church, the Metropolitan Museum, the Metropolitan Club, the Dahesh Museum, Christie’s, the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Conservatory, and Concordia College. Works of Chopin, Ravel, Gershwin, and ragtime figure prominently in his repertoire.


A native Houstonian, Richard Dowling began his piano studies at age five and his extraordinary musical talent quickly became evident. He gave his first recital at six and won prizes in many piano competitions throughout his childhood. He studied privately in high school with pianist Madge Waterston Hunt and made his orchestral debut in a Beethoven concerto performance with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra at age eighteen. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston as a student of Ruth Tomfohrde and Abbey Simon.

While at UH he received many performance and academic awards, including a full scholarship from the UH Alumni Association. As a freshman he won first prize in the annual school‑wide UH Concerto Competition, and as a senior was declared National Winner of the prestigious MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition at its national convention.

Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree at Yale University where he was honored with the Lockwood Award for performing the best solo recital and the Simonds Award for outstanding solo and ensemble playing. In 1989 Dowling was appointed Artist‑in‑Residence at Lamar University in Beaumont where he held the first Walles Endowed Chair in the Performing Arts. In 1990 he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

Visit his website at: www.richard-dowling.com

 
 

November 11, 2011 Friday at 8PM in the Meetinghouse
The Three Tenors

The Tenors Cody Austin, Michael Gallant and Noah Van Niel will be accompanied by Jeffrey Uhlig who is well know to our audiences. He has performed with outstanding vocalists and instrumentalists of the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera.

 

Cody Austin, Tenor

Cody Austin hails from Spring, Texas, and holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. While doing graduate work at Indiana University, he performed the role of George Gibbs in the world premiere of Ned Rorem's Our Town. He was seen last September in Concert Operetta Theater's production of Countess Maritza as Tassilo.

Mr. Austin's awards include Two Awards in The 2008 Giargiari Competition at The Academy of Vocal Arts, Second Prize in the Dallas Opera Guild Young Artist Competition (2006), the Ralph Appelman Award for Vocal Promise (2006), and, Second Prize in the Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship Competition in Philadelphia in 2007.  Mr. Austin is a graduate of The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he performed the role of Kudrjas in last season's production of Kat'a Kabanova, Obadiah in Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Gastone in La Traviata. In the fall of this year, he made an appearance as Alfredo in "La Traviata" with the Virginia Lyric Opera.

He has also performed concerts with the New Jersey Master Chorale, The Ambler Symphony, The Jupiter Symphony of New York, The Ocean City Pops, and Annapolis Opera.  In the summer of 2008 he performed the role of St. Brioche in Opera New Jersey's production of The Merry Widow.

Michael Gallant, Tenor

Michael Gallant was recently named the first place winner of the Washington DC Vocal Arts Society Discovery Series, through which he made his Kennedy Center recital debut.   An active opera singer, he has performed the roles of Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia  and Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, with Annapolis Opera.  He has also sung Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Laurie in Mark Adamo’s Little Women.  He has sung with companies throughout the country, and was an apprentice artists with both Central City Opera and the  Ohio Light Opera Company.  He recently made his New York City debut in a concert of arias at the New York Public Library Donnell Center.

In addition, Mr. Gallant is a sought after oratorio soloist and recently was the tenor soloist for Saint-Saens’s Christmas Oratorio with the New Dominion Chorale.  He has performed the St. John and St. Matthew Passion Evangelist roles, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, as well as numerous Bach cantatas with organizations such as the Detroit Chamber Players, the University Musical Society, Washington Summer Sings, and the Baltimore Master Chorale. 

Mr. Gallant holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Randall Reid-Smith, Martin Katz, and Theodore Morrison.  He also attended the Eastman School of Music.

Mr. Gallant’s future performances include an appearance as the tenor soloist for Berlioz’s Te Deum with the Cathedral Choral Society under the baton of Riley Lewis in the spring of 2009.

Noah Van Niel, Tenor

Mr. Van Niel graduated from Harvard Univ. with a degree in English Literature; Citation in the Italian Language. He is a recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where he sang operatic roles and has also performed both in Israel and Italy.

He received Third Place, Giargiari Bel Canto Competition (Listener's Choice), 2010; Young Artist Encouragement Award and Finalist, Peter Elvins Vocal Competition, 2007; Young Artist Performing Fellowship, Office for Arts, 2007.

Played the part of Tom Rakewell, The Rake’s Progress, International Vocal Arts Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel; Martin, The Tender Land, Ferrando, Cosi fan tutte, Le Chevalier Des Griex, Dialogues of the Carmelites, all at Dunster House Opera Society; Nathanael/Spalanzani, The Tales of Hoffmann and Ferrando, Cosi fan tutte (cover), Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance Program; Italian Tenor, Der Rosenkavalier, Lowell Opera House, Harvard University; Ralph Rackstraw, HMS Pinafore, Harvard University Gilbert and Sullivan Society 50th Anniversary; Colonel Fairfax, The Yeoman of the Guard, Harvard/Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Society; Numerous concert and television performances. Starting fullback, Harvard Football 2005 – 2007.

Information courtesy of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

Jeffrey Uhlig, Pianist

Jeffrey Uhlig has appeared as collaborative pianist in many concerts in America and also has performed in Russia.  Some of his notable performances have been at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.  After a joint recital at Weill Recital Hall, Tim Page of  The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Uhlig...proved a Mozartean of poise and elegance." His longtime collaboration with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano Barbara Dever has earned him great praise, most recently from Robert Baxter of The Camden Courier Post who wrote; "Throughout the recital, pianist Jeffrey Uhlig enfolded Dever's voice with warm-toned accompaniments.  Uhlig played commandingly throughout the recital."  He plays regularly with David Kim, Concert Master, The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Mr. Uhlig studied piano with William Masselos and Gaby Casadesus and studied art song literature with Dalton Baldwin.  He received a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University. 

Jeffrey Uhlig has performed with many outstanding singers and instrumentalists including many members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera.  He is in demand as a chamber music player, vocal coach and accompanist and is a faculty member at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia where he holds The Lilian Kraus Felber Distinguished Faculty Chair in Piano.  In New Jersey, Mr. Uhlig is Principal Keyboard with Princeton Symphony Orchestra and Principal Keyboard and Vocal Coach with The Ocean City Pops Orchestra.

 

October 21, 2011
Friday at 8PM in the Meetinghouse
Chin Yun Chorus

Chin Yun Chorus, Inc,. is a non-profit, non-political, secular and tax-exempt organization. It was established in 1985 and  consists of a group of amateur singers residing in New Jersey. Over the years, Chin Yun Chorus has grown both in membership and audience.

Dr. Victor Shen - Artistic & Music Director
Dr. Shen has extensive teaching and performing experience with vocal groups in Taiwan and in the United States. He has taught in school, church and university settings, working with youth, children and adults for many years. He was on the music faculty at Tung Hai University and Kaoshiung Normal University, Music Director of the National Taiwan University Chorus, Chorus Master for Bel Canto Opera Company in New York as well as National Taiwan Symphonic Chorus in Taipei, and host of a weekly radio program in Taichung that showcased choral music.

He is the founding director and conductor of several community choirs in Taiwan including the New Era Choral Society, winner of a government grant for Excellence in Arts and Performance three years in a row. Dr. Shen holds advanced degrees from Westminster Choir College and the University of Maryland. He has served as guest conductor and lecturer for professional conferences in Asia as well as the United States.

Ms. SunHee Lim - Chorus Conductor
Ms Lim graduated from Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she achieved the Master of Music in Choral Conducting. She obtained the Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea. Before she came to the States, she performed extensively as a chorister and a soloist of Pueri Cantores in South Korea and Europe. She also was the assistant conductor of Pueri Cantores of Daegu from 2000 to 2005.

She participated in the Internationaal Gregorians Festival van Watou in 2000 and 2006. While she was studying at Westminster Choir College, she was a graduate assistant of Westminster Kantorei and honor conductor of the 2009 Spring Convocation. Currently, she is the conductor of Chin Yun Chorus and the assistant conductor and soloist at St. Paul Chong Ha-Sang Roman Catholic Church.

Photographs compliments of the Chin Yun Chorus Website    <<<< Click here to visit.

 

September 2, 2011
Friday at 8PM in the Meetinghouse
The Kelet Duo, (piano and violin)

The Kelet Duo brings our audience two very talented young ladies: Pi-Hsun Shih from Taiwan and Katalin Viszmeg from Hungary.

The name “Kelet” is Hungarian meaning "east, awakening and rising" - very apropos for this talented twosome.

Pi-Hsun was awarded a top prize at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, and Katalin was a top winner of Hungarian National Solo Violin Competition.

Based in West Hartford, CT, both young ladies are on the faculty of the Hartt School and are involved in music education and community outreach programs.

They have let the Music Association Board in on the secret of their success - a unique "cross over" program. The music comes from the theatre, movies, Broadway and film and ranges from Franz Schubert to John Williams.

 

June 3rd, 2011
Friday at 8PM in the Meetinghouse
Violinist Betty Zhou and Accompanist Sean Y Chen

Final concert of the 2010-2011 series

Violinist Betty Zhou

Betty has played in concert series with the NJ Symphony in 2006 and 2009 under Neёme Jarvi and  Emil de Cou, and with the Ocean City Pops, the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra and the Bloomfield Symphony.  She is currently in her third year undergraduate at the Juilliard School, studyingwith Naoko Tanaka and Hyo Kang.

Accompanist Sean Y Chen

 

 

 

Sean Chen is a second prize winner at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition and prizewinner at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition. 

He is a Masters student at the Juilliard School, where he also received his Bachelors Degree. 

His teachers include Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio and teacher-mentor Edward Francis..

 
April 29th, 2011
Friday at 8PM in the Meetinghouse

Wind Soloists of NY with Accompanist
The Wind Soloists were brought to us through the Musicians Corporate Management, Ltd. – Thomas Gallant, Manager.

Thomas Gallant, oboist: Award-winning artist Thomas Gallant is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe and he has been praised by the New Yorker magazine as “a player who unites technical mastery with intentness, charm and wit.”  Mr. Gallant is a First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition.  His performances have taken him to Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City, to Los Angeles, Chicago, Vienna, Paris, to the Spoleto Festival in Italy and to the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Kronos Quartet at the Ravinia Festival and has collaborated with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and with the Colorado and Lark Quartets and the Adaskin String Trio.  Recent performances include a concert of solo and chamber music works for the oboe at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and tours across the United States as soloist with the Martinu Chamber Orchestra from Prague.

Pedja Muzijevic made his New York recital debut in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as a recipient of the Juilliard School’s coveted William Petschek Award. His many honors include top prize in the Busoni International Piano Competition and a finalist diploma in the Naumburg International Piano Competition, as well as special prizes of the Chopin Society, Warsaw, and the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.

One of the most versatile of artists, Bosnian-born, Mr. Muzijevic has been widely praised for his interpretations of the standard literature and for his imaginative programming. He has toured extensively as soloist with orchestras and as a recitalist throughout eastern and western Europe, Great Britain, Canada, the United States, South America and Asia.  His artistic curiosity has led him to explore both the music of the 18th and 19th centuries on period instruments.

 
March 13th, 2011
Sunday at 3PM
Mid-Winter Concert
   
   


 

 

 

 

 

Our concert on Sunday, March 13th at 3:00 pm featured three familiar artists from Rossmoor and Greenbriar. 

Gloria Montlack, sopranoToby delGiudice, clarinet Lois Smida, piano

Gloria is the Greenbriar resident while Toby and Lois live in Rossmoor. These three performed here in 2007 at one of our “winter” concerts. They are three professional talents who gave us a very entertaining afternoon as they did four years ago.

   
 

November 12, 2010
Friday at 8PM
Evan Drachman,
cellist

"Cellist Evan Drachman has combined artistic talent with great personal warmth and compassion to create a distinctive musical career. Mr. Drachman is increasingly sought-after both for his solo and chamber music performances, and as one of the most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music for diverse audiences. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Piatigorsky Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to make live classical music a part of the fabric of everyday life, especially for communities who would otherwise not have the opportunity to hear it. The organization is named for Evan Drachman's grandfather, the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.

In 1999, Mr. Drachman released his first solo CD, 'A Frog He Went a Courting', with pianist Richard Dowling. The Baltimore Sun's Steven Wigler wrote of the recording: 'Drachman possesses in abundance two qualities for which his grandfather was revered: the ability to make the cello imitate the human singing voice and, even more important, the ability to tell a story.'

Since graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1988, Mr. Drachman has appeared regularly as soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States. He has also played recitals in India, Great Britain, Sweden, Italy and Canada. He toured the Far East as soloist with the Chinese-American Symphony in Taipei and giving recitals in Hong Kong and Macau. In 1994, Mr. Drachman performed with the Odessa Philharmonic in Odessa and Kiev. In July 1997, at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich, he returned to Russia to perform as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Maestro Rostropovich at the Second World Cello Congress.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Evan Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music. His principal teachers were Stephen Kates, Laurence Lesser, Luis Garcia-Renart, William Pleeth, and Orlando Cole. He has spent his summers performing at music festivals including Aspen, Yale at Norfolk, the Park City International Music Festival, the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, Prussia Cove in Aldeburgh, England and at the Cennina Music Festival in Italy.

Mr. Drachman has a special love for Alaska and returns frequently to perform for the Sitka Summer Music Festival at the invitation of the Festival's founder, violinist Paul Rosenthal."

Courtesy of the The Piatigorsky Foundation Website

 

2010
Friday, October 15 at 8PM
Abe Minzer,
pianist

"Pianist, Abe Minzer, is creator/director of 'Classically Alive'.  Under the sponsorship of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, Classically Alive hosts over 30 musicians and other artists, and features diverse monthly at-home music/arts salons, in addition to programs at venues across Colorado.  Highlights of the 2008 season included collaborations with American Cancer Society, and the Dos Americas guitar duo. The 2006 & 2007 salons featured the complete Schubert song cycles, Mostly Mozart, and 7 programs on Brahms and Schumann.  Beyond the great food and camaraderie, the salons host many styles of music, including contemporary, as well as provide a venue for painters, poets and discussion. 

Minzer earned a doctorate in music at West Virginia University, and taught piano and chamber music at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.  He plays concerts throughout Colorado and the US, and has appeared as piano soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with the Pittsburgh Symphony.  Dr. Minzer performed the world premiere of the chamber version of “Suite Indiana” by Argentine composer, Jorge Cardoso with the Dos Americas guitar duo in 2008, including a performance at the Colorado College 2008 Summer Music Festival.  With its highly favorable reception, Minzer and Dos Americas in early 2009 gave 15 performances of Suite Indiana during their Colorado state-wide tour.

Dr. Minzer has performed and introduced compositions of Ofer Ben-Amots’ at many venues, including Classically Alive, Temple Beit Torah, and for the PILLAR Adult Education school.  Currently, Dr. Minzer is an instructor at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), most recently teaching a course in 20th Century Music.  Abe lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Dr. Carol Schreuder, and he enjoys the wilderness, travel, cooking and reading."

courtesy of Dr. Minzer's website. Click HERE to view.

 
 

 

2010
Friday, September 24 at 8PM
Donald Sheasley, baritone

This baritone has continued to amaze with his powerfully ringing Verdi voice in concert, recital and full-blown opera performances throughout Central NJ, especially with the young company — Opera Project of Lambertville – New Hope area.

Don is familiar to Rossmoor having been a soloist at the Community Church services several times annually since 1982.

A singer of non-opera music from his early church choir days at age 8 to community and academic venues through age 42, Don did not first fathom an opera score until he was 43. Having only private training with several singer teachers, Don has sung several scores of roles in the last 33 years – from Escamillo to Sarastro to Count Almavira to Horace Tabor – almost the whole standard Baritone repertoire at one time or another.  A resident of Princeton, Don finds time to teach poetry courses at OLLIRU—the Rutgers offering for Life Long learners—to read for the local studio of RFB&D and to serve on a number of community-service boards.

He takes great pleasure in actively singing to support the efforts of small opera companies trying to keep their artistic work alive and to glorify that most wonderful of cultural and artistic endeavors, opera!


 

 
"Professionally, he has appeared in over fifty roles on the stages of most New Jersey opera companies. His favorites are Rigoletto, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Count Almaviva inLe Nozze di Figaro, Tonio and Silvio in Pagliacci, Scarpia in Tosca, and Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana. With Berks Grand Opera he appeared as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. Besides his opera performances he can be heard singing oratorio, cabaret and concert throughout New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. A long-time academic and community theater actor-director, Mr. Sheasley has been seen as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Emil deBecque in South Pacific, and Horace Tabor in the seldom produced Ballad of Baby Doe. He is a former high school English teacher and golf coach, and resides in Princeton." (in appreciation to the Website of the Opera Project.)
 

2010
Friday, June 18/2010, 8PM in the Meetinghouse
      Afiara String Quartet  

 
 

2010
Friday, May 21/2010, 8PM in the Meetinghouse
     The Three Tenors with
Jeffrey Uhlig, piano.


Cody Austin, Tenor

Cody Austin hails from Spring, Texas, and holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. While doing graduate work at Indiana University, he performed the role of George Gibbs in the world premiere of Ned Rorem's Our Town. He was seen last September in Concert Operetta Theater's production of Countess Maritza as Tassilo.

Mr. Austin's awards include Two Awards in The 2008 Giargiari Competition at The Academy of Vocal Arts, Second Prize in the Dallas Opera Guild Young Artist Competition (2006), the Ralph Appelman Award for Vocal Promise (2006), and, Second Prize in the Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship Competition in Philadelphia in 2007.  Mr. Austin is a graduate of The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he performed the role of Kudrjas in last season's production of Kat'a Kabanova, Obadiah in Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Gastone in La Traviata.

He has also performed concerts with the New Jersey Master Chorale, The Ambler Symphony, The Jupiter Symphony of New York, The Ocean City Pops, and Annapolis Opera.  In the summer of 2008 he performed the role of St. Brioche in Opera New Jersey's production of The Merry Widow.

Michael Gallant, Tenor

Michael Gallant was recently named the first place winner of the Washington DC Vocal Arts Society Discovery Series, through which he made his Kennedy Center recital debut.   An active opera singer, he has performed the roles of Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia  and Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, with Annapolis Opera.  He has also sung Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Laurie in Mark Adamo’s Little Women.  He has sung with companies throughout the country, and was an apprentice artists with both Central City Opera and the  Ohio Light Opera Company.  He recently made his New York City debut in a concert of arias at the New York Public Library Donnell Center.

In addition, Mr. Gallant is a sought after oratorio soloist and recently was the tenor soloist for Saint-Saens’s Christmas Oratorio with the New Dominion Chorale.  He has performed the St. John and St. Matthew Passion Evangelist roles, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, as well as numerous Bach cantatas with organizations such as the Detroit Chamber Players, the University Musical Society, Washington Summer Sings, and the Baltimore Master Chorale. 

Mr. Gallant holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Randall Reid-Smith, Martin Katz, and Theodore Morrison.  He also attended the Eastman School of Music.

Mr. Gallant’s future performances include an appearance as the tenor soloist for Berlioz’s Te Deum with the Cathedral Choral Society under the baton of Riley Lewis in the spring of 2009.

TAYLOR STAYTON, Tenor

Taylor Stayton, a native of Sidney, Ohio, received his BM degree at the Ohio State University. He is currently a third year resident artist at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.  During his residency there he has performed a number of roles including Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Percy in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, and Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti.  In the fall of 2009 he will add the role of Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff  to his repertoire.   In the summer of 2009 Mr. Stayton made his debut with Opera New Jersey singing the role of Arturo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lamermoor. 

Mr. Stayton also competed in the Loren Zachery competition in 2009 receiving 3rd place as well as competing in the Licia Albenese – Puccini competition and winning 1st place. 

He appeared as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff in a recent production by Rome Opera directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

Jeffrey Uhlig, Pianist

Jeffrey Uhlig has appeared as collaborative pianist in many concerts in America and also has performed in Russia.  Some of his notable performances have been at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.  After a joint recital at Weill Recital Hall, Tim Page of  The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Uhlig...proved a Mozartean of poise and elegance." His longtime collaboration with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano Barbara Dever has earned him great praise, most recently from Robert Baxter of The Camden Courier Post who wrote; "Throughout the recital, pianist Jeffrey Uhlig enfolded Dever's voice with warm-toned accompaniments.  Uhlig played commandingly throughout the recital."  He plays regularly with David Kim, Concert Master, The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Mr. Uhlig studied piano with William Masselos and Gaby Casadesus and studied art song literature with Dalton Baldwin.  He received a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University. 

Jeffrey Uhlig has performed with many outstanding singers and instrumentalists including many members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera.  He is in demand as a chamber music player, vocal coach and accompanist and is a faculty member at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia where he holds The Lilian Kraus Felber Distinguished Faculty Chair in Piano.  In New Jersey, Mr. Uhlig is Principal Keyboard with Princeton Symphony Orchestra and Principal Keyboard and Vocal Coach with The Ocean City Pops Orchestra.

 

2010
Friday, April 16/2010, 8PM in the Meetinghouse
      Trio Fidele (flute, cello and piano)   

 
 

2010
Sunday, March 28/2010, 4PM at the Meetinghouse
           The Annual March Appreciation Concert      

Our featured soloist was Jonathan Sills, baritone, whose varied program we are sure will be a delight to Rossmoor music lovers. He was accompanied by Kevin O’Malia on piano. This free concert is given to show our appreciation for the support of our loyal subscribers, and is open to the public. While there is no charge for this concert, a small donation from non-subscribers will be most welcome. 

Jonathan Sills, a native of Dallas, has been acclaimed for his convincing performances on the concert stage, in opera, and in music theater. His abilities as an interpreter and performer were deeply influenced by his studies at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in voice and theater, and by his graduate studies in opera at the University of Illinois.

Mr. Sills has performed with the Greater Miami Opera, Central City Opera, Pennsylvania Opera theater, Eugene Opera and at many concerts, operas and recitals in the U.S. and abroad.  He has also been the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes, and has studied with various famous teachers and coaches.

Jonathan Sills
 

2009                 

Friday, Nov. 13, 2009

Charles Salinger
Principal Clarinet, The Delaware Symphony Orchestra And The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra

Charles Salinger is Principal Clarinetist with The Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of the Orchestra since 1978.  He has appeared many times as soloist with The Delaware Symphony and is a member of The Delaware Symphony Woodwind Quintet.  He is also Principal Clarinet with The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra.
 
Mr. Salinger attended Temple University and then accepted a full scholarship to attend The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia from which he graduated in 1977.  While at Curtis, he studied with Anthony Gigliotti, Principal Clarinetist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and worked with such notable musicians as Vladimir Sokoloff, Karen Tuttle, John deLancie, Isidore Cohen and Sol Schoenbach.  As a member of The Curtis Institute Symphony Orchestra he played under conductors James Levine, William Steinberg, Claudio Abbado, William Smith, Alexander Schneider, Rafael Frubeck deBurgos and Richard Woitech.

Charles Salinger has also played with the Houston Opera Company, The Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, The Reading, Allentown and Lancaster Symphonies and The Philly Pops under Peter Nero.  As a substitute clarinetist with The Philadelphia Orchestra he has played under Eugene Ormandy, Ricardo Muti, Leonard Bernstein, Eric Leinsdorf, Zuben Mehta and Wolfgang Sawallisch.  


Jeffrey Uhlig, pianist

Jeffrey Uhlig has appeared as collaborative pianist in many concerts in America and also has performed in Russia.  Some of his notable performances have been at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.  After a joint recital at Weill Recital Hall, Tim Page of  The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Uhlig...proved a Mozartean of poise and elegance." His longtime collaboration with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano Barbara Dever has earned him great praise, most recently from Robert Baxter of The Camden Courier Post who wrote; "Throughout the recital, pianist Jeffrey Uhlig enfolded Dever's voice with warm-toned accompaniments.  Uhlig played commandingly throughout the recital."  He plays regularly with David Kim, Concert Master, The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Mr. Uhlig studied piano with William Masselos and Gaby Casadesus and studied art song literature with Dalton Baldwin.  He received a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University. 

Jeffrey Uhlig has performed with many outstanding singers and instrumentalists including many members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera.  He is in demand as a chamber music player, vocal coach and accompanist and is a faculty member at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia where he holds The Lilian Kraus Felber Distinguished Faculty Chair in Piano.  In New Jersey, Mr. Uhlig is Principal Keyboard with Princeton Symphony Orchestra and Principal Keyboard and Vocal Coach with The Ocean City Pops Orchestra.


Jeffrey Uhlig and Charles Salinger, after the concert
                       Photo courtesy of Gene Horan and the Rossmoor News

 

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 @ 8PM in the Meetinghouse
   Avery Ensemble (violin, cello and piano)      


"Unique among American chamber ensembles, the Avery Ensemble performs a breadth of styles spanning the history of Western instrumental music.

For them the art music of the seventeenth century and that of the twenty-first belongs to one and the very same musical tradition – Purcell and Mozart become not merely ancestors to Brahms and Schnittke, but siblings.

The ensemble’s remarkable chemistry is revealed in performances that extract the utmost meaning from each work in its diverse repertoire. Unrivaled virtuosity, depth of understanding and passion distinguish their presentations of the standard chamber music repertoire, seventeenth-century music and post-modern masterpieces."

from the Avery Ensemble Website

Photo courtesy of Gene Horan and the Rossmoor News
 

Sept 4, 2009, Friday at 8PM in the Meetinghouse
   Frederick Moyer, pianist:


During over twenty years as a full-time concert pianist, he has established a vital and unique musical career that has taken him to forty-one countries and to such far-flung venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle, the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center.

He has appeared as piano soloist with world renowned orchestras including the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the St. Louis, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston, Boston, Singapore, Netherlands Radio, Latvian, Iceland and London Symphony Orchestras, the Buffalo, Hong Kong and Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, and the major orchestras of Australia.

Mr. Moyer has over twenty recordings on the Biddulph, GM and JRI labels and these comprise works of over thirty composers reflecting his affinity for a wide variety of styles.

His enthusiam, exacting artistry, and adventurous programming have made him a favorite among audienes of all ages. In recital, his delightful commentary from the stage brings the audience into the heart of the musical experience.

Excepted from Gail McCarthy, Personal Representative, moyerconcerts@aol.com

Visit Mr. Moyer's Website to learn more about his biography; listen to excerpts of his recordings; performance schedules; his story about finding a Robert Schumann sketch; the Jazz Arts Trio and its ambitious work to preserve music of Jazz Greats; Classical Recordings; National Reviews and other information.
Mr. Moyer at Rossmoor Sept 4, 2009 discussing selections from his performance.
 
June 5, Friday at 8PM in the Meetinghouse:
Mark O'Kain, Marimbist, with Jeffrey Uhlig, Piano Accompanist



Mark O’Kain
We looked forward to this return of Mr. O'Kain to Rossmoor. His Bachelor of Music is from the University of Tennessee and his Masters in Music is from Southern Methodist University. Mark is a former percussionist at Opryland, U.S.A. in Nashville, Tennessee. He also performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder and former director of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Percussion Ensemble. He was a member of "The President’s Own" United States Marine Band from 1994-98. Currently, he is the percussionist for the National Tour of "Les Miserables."




Jeffrey Uhlig
has a Masters of Music Degree in Piano Performance from West Chester University. Additional piano study was with William Masselos, Gaby Casadesus and Study of the Art Song Literature with Dalton Baldwin. He is Principal Keyboard with The Princeton Symphony. He holds The Lilian Kraus Felber Distinguished Faculty Chair in Piano at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia where he is Staff Accompanist and a Teacher. He has appeared as collaborative pianist in many concerts in North America with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera, and has played at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. He has also performed in Russia.
 
May 1, Friday at 8PM in the Meetinghouse: Wind Soloists of NY with Accompanist

Elizabeth Mann has served as principal flute of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble for the past seventeen seasons. She has toured the United States performing the Mozart Flute Concerto under the baton of Andrè Previn; traveled throughout Spain and Japan performing the Brandenburg Concerti with renowned violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo; and was guest artist at the Lochenhaus Festival in Austria under the direction of Gidon Kremer. In 1998 Ms. Mann and Mr. Kremer played the U.S. premiere of the Gubaidalina Concerto for Flute and Violin with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She began studying flute at age eight and won the Boston Young Artist Concerto Competition at age 12, performing as soloist with the Boston Symphony.  She is a graduate of Juilliard.  Miss Mann has played principal flute with the Minnesota Orchestra, the NJ Symphony and acting associate principal flute with the Boston Symphony.

Thomas Gallant, oboist: Award-winning artist Thomas Gallant is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe and he has been praised by the New Yorker magazine as “a player who unites technical mastery with intentness, charm and wit.”  Mr. Gallant is a First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition.  His performances have taken him to Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City, to Los Angeles, Chicago, Vienna, Paris, to the Spoleto Festival in Italy and to the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Kronos Quartet at the Ravinia Festival and has collaborated with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and with the Colorado and Lark Quartets and the Adaskin String Trio.  Recent performances include a concert of solo and chamber music works for the oboe at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and tours across the United States as soloist with the Martinu Chamber Orchestra from Prague.

Pedja Muzijevic made his New York recital debut in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as a recipient of the Juilliard School’s coveted William Petschek Award. His many honors include top prize in the Busoni International Piano Competition and a finalist diploma in the Naumburg International Piano Competition, as well as special prizes of the Chopin Society, Warsaw, and the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.

One of the most versatile of artists, Bosnian-born, Mr. Muzijevic has been widely praised for his interpretations of the standard literature and for his imaginative programming. He has toured extensively as soloist with orchestras and as a recitalist throughout eastern and western Europe, Great Britain, Canada, the United States, South America and Asia.  His artistic curiosity has led him to explore both the music of the 18th and 19th centuries on period instruments.

 

April 17, Friday at 8PM in the Meetinghouse: Shea Velloso, organ recital.

Mr. Velloso is the Organist and Choir Director at the United Methodist Church in Milltown, NJ. Their website offers a streaming audio organ recording of Mr. Velloso playing "Chant and Toccata - O filii et Filiae" by Lynnwood Farnam. Click HERE to go to their website and hear his recording of this piece.


Shea Velloso is in his final year of studies as an Organ Performance major at Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he studies with Dr. Antonius Bittmann. He has previously studied with Mark Trautman and Dr. Paul Hoffmann, and has taken numerous master-classes. In 2004, Shea was the recipient of the Elizabeth W. Durham Award for Performance. He has performed recitals in Jamesburg, Monroe Township, New Brunswick, Red Bank,
and South Amboy. Shea has performed on the radio show "Pipedreams" and for Metuchen Television.

As Director of Music at the United Methodist Church at Milltown, Shea is the organist, director of the church's three choirs and is responsible for planning and directing the concert series. He previously served as Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of Jamesburg. In addition to his job at the Methodist Church, Shea serves as the accompanist for
Philomusica Concert Choir, Spotswood High School Chorus, and the Ocean Grove Chamber singers.

 


Betty Zhou, ViolinistMarch 8, Sunday at 3PM in the meetinghouse this was a free concert (no tickets required) for all Rossmoor Residents.

Violinist Betty Zhou

Born in 1990, Betty Zhou began her violin studies at the age of four at the Woodbridge Academy of Music. At the age of eight she gave her first public recital at the Marryott Music Hall at Rutgers University, and entered Juilliard’s Pre-College Division in 1999 as a student of Dorothy Delay and Naoko Tanaka.

Betty is the winner of numerous competitions, including the 2002 Philadelphia Orchestra Festival’s Concerto Competition, the 2003 Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition, and the 2006 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's Young Artists Auditions, as well as a recipient of the New Horizons Fellowship at Aspen Music Festival. Her solo performances include a concert series in 2007 with the NJSO under Neeme Jarvi, broadcast on WQXR, and a benefit concert in Avery Fisher Hall with the Herald Crusades Chamber Orchestra. Other performances include concertos with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, the Edison Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra, the Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Battleground Symphony. She has performed in both solo and chamber music recitals in international music festivals such as Aspen and Great Mountains in Korea, and frequently plays recitals and chamber music in Juilliard’s Paul Hall, Morse Hall, and the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Betty is also an accomplished pianist, achieving high honors in the Piano Teacher’s Society of America Auditions and subsequently performing both violin and piano in Carnegie’s Weill Hall.

A member of JP Stevens High School’s Class of 2008, she graduated Pre-College with honors in the same year and currently studies with Naoko Tanaka and Hyo Kang as a freshman at the Juilliard School.

Accompanist Sean Y Chen

Sean Y Chen, 20, is a junior at The Juilliard School. Throughout his career, Sean has had the opportunity to play with several orchestras - most recently the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the New West Symphony and the Ginastera Piano Concerto no. 1 with the Juilliard Orchestra.

His numerous awards include 1st place in the Juilliard Concerto Competition for the Ginastera Piano Concerto no. 1, 1st Place at the Glenn Miller Scholarship competition in Clarinda, Iowa, and many others.

He received a Level I scholarship in the 2006 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts ARTS Week and was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2006 Presidential Scholar.

Mr. Chen has been playing concerts throughout California and in New York. This past October he recorded a Stravinsky transcription with an orchestra under the baton of Robert Craft. Mr. Chen has also been performing regularly for the Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers Association of California at various locations such as Chapman University, Thousand Oaks, Pasadena City College and the Fresno City College. Mr. Chen regularly plays in the Piano Forum Seminars and Piano Performance Classes at Juilliard.

Though solo repertoire is a big part of Mr. Chen's musical repertoire, he is also involved in chamber music in school. He has explored the repertoire of chamber music with violin, cello, and other ensembles. He has also collaborated with other pianists in two-piano repertoire. He also enjoys accompanying instrumentalists throughout the school year.

 

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Its repertoire is chosed from an array of classical and popular music including exciting new works commissioned by Philadelphia Brass from compoasers such as Daniel Pinkham, David Diamond, JSCRedford, Larry Lipkis, and Dick Hyman.

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