All Seasons Chamber Players “Bicentennial Bash” Celebrates Mendelssohn’s 200th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Mendelssohn

Teaneck, NJ (March 18, 2009) — The All Seasons Chamber Players, one of New Jersey’s most popular and active chamber music ensembles, will celebrate the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn with a program titled “Bicentennial Bash” on Sunday afternoon, April 5 at 3 p.m. at FDU’s Edward Williams Hall, 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, NJ. The concert is free and open to the public.

“Bicentennial Bash” will feature two of Mendelssohn’s most beloved works: the Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66 and “Song Without Words” for Cello and Piano. Mendelssohn died at the age of 38 and like a similarly short-lived genius, Mozart, he was a child prodigy, a virtuoso pianist and exhibited a tremendous intellectual curiosity. Mendelssohn’s String Octet and Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” were written in his teens and are considered full-fledged masterpieces.

Three other composers have been invited to join the celebration—Giovanni Battista Sammartini, who had J.C. Bach as a pupil, Philippe Gaubert, renowned as both a conductor and flutist, and Josef Suka, a protégée of Dvorak. They will be represented by selections that offer contrasts from the baroque to the impressionistic.

Robert Lawrence, program director, will introduce each piece to the audience with entertaining program notes.

Now in its 28th season, the All Seasons Chamber Players has received the Award for Artistic Excellence from the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, and grants from several corporate and private sources. Performers are professional musicians who also play with major area orchestras, Broadway shows and summer music festivals. Performers will 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. The public is invited to come as early as 2 p.m. to enjoy a reception and the exhibit “Clarity of Form” by artist Gary Godbee.

This concert is one of the ensemble’s 15 free, public Community Concerts for Bergen County supported by the Bank of America Foundation; the N.J. State Council on the Arts through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs; the Bergen Foundation; the Puffin Foundation; the Verizon Foundation; Columbia Bank; the Lillian P. Schenck Fund; Target; Shop-Rite of Hackensack and Friends of All Seasons.

Edward Williams Hall is located at 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, and is just south of the Bergen Academies on Hackensack Avenue South. There is ample free parking at the door. For additional information call (201) 692-7028. A full schedule of All Seasons concerts is available by calling (201) 768-1331 or visiting

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