Fairleigh Dickinson University hosts free concert by The All Seasons Chamber Players on Sunday, April 3 at 3:00 PM
Teaneck, NJ (March 2, 2011) The All Seasons Chamber Players, one of New Jersey’s most popular and active chamber music ensembles, will perform on Sunday, April 3 at 3:00 P.M. at FDU’s Edward Williams Auditorium located at 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, NJ. This event is sponsored by the Cultural Arts Department of the university and will also include a reception and art exhibit in the Edward Williams Gallery of works by Bill Padien entitled “Abstractions.” Admission to the concert, reception and art exhibit is free and all are welcome. The audience is invited to come as early as 2:00 P.M. to enjoy the art exhibit and reception before the 3:00 concert. There is ample parking and seating and reservations are not needed. For further information call FDU’s Public Relations Office at (201) 692-7032 or (201) 692-7028, Petrocelli College at (201) 692-2671 or the All Seasons Chamber Players at (201) 768-1331.
The program, entitled “Czechs and Balances,” will feature two works by Czech composers on the first half of the program: Antonin Dvorak’s beloved Sonatina in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100 and Bohuslav Martinu’s Trio in F Major for Flute, Cello and Piano. The Martinu work was described by Virgil Thomson as “a gem of bright sound and cheerful sentiment.” The second half of the program will be devoted to the famous Trio in B Major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms, one of the great masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire. Robert Lawrence, Co-Director for Programs, will introduce each piece to the audience with entertaining spoken program notes.
Steven Beck of New York City, guest artist, will join the ensemble on piano for the Brahms Trio. Mr. Beck was described by The New Yorker as “…one of the city’s most admired young pianists…” Mr. Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra and has toured Japan with New York Symphonic Ensemble. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and Alice Tully Hall. His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, and Boston Records labels
Now in its 30th anniversary season, the All Seasons Chamber Players has performed over 600 live concerts in the metropolitan area. In addition, thousands of people have heard the ensemble on Cablevision’s MetroArts/13 programs, Comcast, WTT-35 and other local cable 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, foundation 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; Jean Strickholm, piano and Steven Beck, Guest Artist, piano.
This concert is one of 15 free, public Community Concerts for Bergen County supported by the Bank of America Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Additional support is provided by the Bergen Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Verizon Foundation, Columbia Savings Bank, Lillian P. Schenck Fund, Target, Shop Rite of Hackensack, the Bloomingdale’s Fund of the Macy’s Foundation and Friends of All Seasons.