Chamber Music Featuring “The French Connection” on March 18
Teaneck, NJ (February 21, 2007) — The music of French composers will be featured in the March 18 concert of All Seasons Chamber Players at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The concert celebrates the many musical styles of French music of the18th-20th century.
Free and open to the public, “The French Connection” concert begins at 3 p.m. in FDU’s Edward Williams Auditorium, 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, NJ.
Leading the program is Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite for Piano Four Hands.” Inspired by French nursery tales, it includes Sleeping Beauty, Little Tom Thumb, Empress of the Pagodas, Beauty and the Beast and The Fairy Garden. This suite is one of the finest works for piano duet and considered to be one of Ravel’s most elegant compositions.
Devienne’s classical Trio II for Flute, Violin and Cello will represent French classicism of the late 18th century. The program includes Tailleferre’s engaging Piano Trio, Dutilleux’s lovely Sonatine for Flute and Piano and concludes with Saint-Saëns’ dazzling Piano Trio No. 1 in F Major.
An exceptionally gifted composer, Saint-Saens died in 1921 at the age of 86. When he made his debut at age 11 he volunteered to play, as an encore, any of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas. His musical gifts are considered to be on a level with Mozart and Mendelssohn.
At the March 18 concert, each selection will be introduced with entertaining program notes by violinist Robert Lawrence. In addition to Lawrence, performers include Brenda Sakofsy, E. Zoe Hassman, Yoojin Oh and Jean Strickholm.
FDU’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies presents the concert and invites the public to come as early as 2 p.m. to enjoy light refreshments and an exhibit of photographs by Carol Jacobsen.
“The French Connection” concert at FDU is one of the ensemble’s 14 free public community concerts supported by Bank of America and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts with grant funds administered by the Bergen County division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. The Bergen Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Columbia Savings Bank, Nordstrom, the Lillian P. Schenck Fund, Target, Shop Rite of Hackensack and Friends of All Seasons provide additional support.
For further information or directions, call (201) 692-7028 during regular business hours.