Holiday Gala Features Classical Piano With Guest Soprano

 Madison, NJ (November 20, 2009) – The public is invited to “Holiday Gala,” a free concert of classical piano music on Sunday, December 13, at 2 p.m. It will include selections from Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Bach and Mozart. The concert will be held in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. There is a special guest appearance by soprano Katherine MacRae and pianist Dr. Richard Moskowitz.

At a reception following the concert the audience will have the opportunity to meet the performers.

Sponsored by FDU’s Becton College of Arts and Sciences and The New York Piano Society, the concert will feature performers who are members of the New York Piano Society — outstanding amateur performers who have established careers in fields other than music, ranging from medical doctors to executives and designers.

The New York Piano Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and nurturing talented performers whose primary profession is not in the field of music performance. The society brings together people of varying vocations for a shared experience founded on their love of the piano and classical music. According to pianist Elena Leonova, the founder and the artistic director of the society, the objective of the society is to “establish a venue to enable amateurs to perform publicly.”

A graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Leonova has been critically acclaimed by the major press and has been the first prizewinner in several American piano competitions. She has appeared in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad. Leonova is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and currently on the faculty of Mannes College of Music.

The December 13 concert at FDU is free and open to the public. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m. For more information call (800) 862-4630 x48, or visit


For Immediate Release

The Mansion

FDU Public Relations
   (Metropolitan Campus Office)
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Dina Schipper
Director, University Public Relations

Melissa Payton

FDU Public Relations
   (College at Florham Office)
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940

Scott Giglio
Assistant Director, Public Relations

Lillian Lukac