All Seasons Chamber Players To Feature Mendelssohn’s New Found Treasure and Timeless Classics

Teaneck, NJ  (September 2, 2009) The All Seasons Chamber Players, one of New Jersey’s most popular and active chamber music ensembles, will open its fall season with a program titled “New Found Treasure and Timeless Classics” on Sunday, October 11 at 3 p.m. at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Edward Williams Hall, 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, NJ.

The newfound treasure is a recently found work by Felix Mendelssohn – his Violin Sonata in D Minor. When the Nazis banned Mendelssohn’s music in 1936, his supporters sent crates of his works abroad for safekeeping during World War II. About 270 works, many never performed in Mendelssohn’s lifetime, have been tracked down by the Mendelssohn Project, Inc of New York City, which is making this violin sonata available to the All Seasons Chamber Players.

The timeless classics on the program will include Mozart’s delightful Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564; Michael Webster’s entertaining Carmen Rhapsody Based on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen; and Johannes Brahms’ Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87.  Robert Lawrence, program, co-director, will introduce each piece to the audience with entertaining spoken program notes.

Now in its 28th season, the All Seasons Chamber Players has performed over 590 live concerts in the metropolitan area, as well as on 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. They include Brenda Sakofsky, flute; Robert Lawrence, violin; E. Zoe Hassman, cello; and Yoojin Oh and Jean Strickholm, piano.

The Cultural Arts Department of FDU’s Petrocelli College presents the concert and art show.  The public is invited to come at 2 p.m., to enjoy a reception and art exhibit of works by Susan Hockaday entitled “Turning On Nature: Photographs with Mixed Media” in the Edward Williams Gallery.

Admission to the concert, reception and art exhibit is free and all are welcome.  There is ample parking and seating and reservations are not needed.  For further information call 201-692-7032, 201-692-2671 or 201-768-1331.

For Immediate Release

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