WindSync Performs for Stamford Friends of Music

The Friends of Music of Stamford present the wind quintet WindSync on Sunday, June 17 at 3 in the Stamford United Methodist Church, 88 Main Street, Stamford.  We hear from Kara LaMoure, the bassoonist of the Houston-based ensemble, about music that has been written especially for them, and the great amount of touring and educational work they do.  

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The New Asia Chamber Music Society Performs in Stamford

The Stamford Friends of Music present the New Asia Chamber Music Society on Sunday, August 20 at 3pm in the Stamford United Methodist Church.  Violist and erhu player Andy Lin took a break from running errands in his additional capacity as Artistic Director to speak with us about the program, and about his other duties.


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The Tesla Quartet Performs in Stamford

The Friends of Music of Stamford, New York welcome the Tesla Quartet.  We hear from quartet founder Ross Snyder about the program, founding the quartet, and how he began studying violin because a trumpet was too heavy for a three-year-old.


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Stamford Friends of Music Present Pianist Steven Lin

The Friends of Music of Stamford present pianist Steven Lin.  Steven Lin is familiar to Public Radio listeners from his appearances on From the Top and Performance Today. He talks about his program of two sonatas by Beethoven, a selection of Gershwin’s song arrangements, and Liszt’s ‘Reminiscences of Don Juan’.


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Eastern European Chamber Music Comes to Stamford

The Friends of Music of Stamford presents the Lysander Trio in a concert of music from Eastern Europe. The Lysander Piano Trio, a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has been praised by the Strad for its “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas and wide palette of colours.” They bring a program of music for piano trio by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Antonin Dvorak, and Latvian composer Peteris Vasks.


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Stamford Friends of Music present 'A Musical Banquet'

The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY welcome the Bacheler Consort for a Musical Banquet on Sunday, August 21 at 3pm in the Stamford United Methodist Church, 88 Main Street in Stamford.  Director Christopher Morrongiello tells about the music on the program and about Daniel Bacheler, the lutenist and composer who thrived during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras.  We also hear about Bacheler’s association with a historical figure whose life came to a famously bad end. “The Bacheler Consort is named after the late-Elizabethan lute virtuoso Daniel Bacheler (1572–1619), a most imaginative composer of mixed consort music whose genius is becoming more widely known today. The Consort varies its ensemble size and instrumental lineup to offer a variety of music shows, from intimate recitals of lute music to fully-staged Jacobean masques and dramatic works. The Consort has been together since 2003 and has acquired a reputation for combining scholarly research with cutting-edge historical performance practice. It is in this alchemy that the Consort aspires to conjure up the more elusive aesthetics of Renaissance music-making.

Stamford Hears 'Love Songs of the American Songbook'

The Stamford Friends of Music welcome the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble in a concert of ‘Love Songs of the American Songbook’.  We hear from trumpeter Gabriel Medd, who not only leads the ensemble, but also works with a group called Music for Autism.


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The Sounds of Klezmer Come to Stamford

The Friends of Music of Stamford are presenting an outdoor concert by the Klezmer Ensemble Big Galut(e).  No, that’s not a typo, and we’ll find out why that “e” is important.  Clarinetist Robin Seletsky talks about the meaning of the work “klezmer”, the history of the genre, and why Father’s Day is the perfect day for this concert.


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Mezzo Raehann Bryce-Davis is part of a duet concert in Stamford

The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY present an afternoon of vocal music at the Stamford United Methodist Church with mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, baritone Robert Mellon, and pianist Thomas Muraco. Ms. Bryce-Davis lived in Binghamton as a child and was a member of the Treble Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church, and Maestro Muraco recently conducted Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Gounod’s Faust. It’s a wide-ranging program of songs by American composer Amy Beach and German composer Hugo Wolf, along with some Broadway and zarzuela selection, capped by a stormy duet from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.


Photos courtesy Raehann Bryce-Davis

A Weekend of Chamber Music is coming to the Western Catskills

The Alexander String Quartet performs on Saturday, September 19 at 7pm in the West Kortright Center in East Meredith.  Then on Sunday, the 20th, the Stamford Friends of Music presents the Lark Quartet at 3pm in the United Methodist Church at 88 Main St. in Stamford.  Cellist Caroline Stinson from the Lark Quartet talks about their “sunny” program for Sunday, and balancing quartet performances with teaching and home life.




Photo courtesy Lark Quartet