New York Piano Society Presents Free Concert at Hennessy Hall on Nov. 8

Madison, N.J. (Oct. 20, 2009) — Soprano and composer Valerie Saalbach will be the guest artist at the Sunday, Nov. 8, opening concert of the New York Piano Society’s third season at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham.

The free concert starts at 2 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), at the College at Florham, 285 Madison Ave., Madison, N.J. FDU’s Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences is the event’s co-sponsor.

The concert will feature compositions by Chopin, Mussorgsky, Debussy and Scriabin and others. The artists are professional-level pianists who have established their careers outside the music field; they include an intercontinental pilot, leading physicians, an international trader and Manhattan real-estate developer, a paralegal, scientists and executive secretary.

Saalbach will sing her composition
“Settings of Six Poems of Emily Dickinson,” accompanied by pianist Dr. Len Horovitz, a New York City pulmonary specialist and frequent television commentator.

Saalbach held a principal contract with the Vienna State Opera and has appeared in leading roles with major U.S. companies and orchestras. She has sung at the summer festivals of Aspen, Caramoor and the Santa Fe Opera and was the featured guest artist-composer at New Music Week 2009 at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Saalbach received her training at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University and Juilliard.

The New York Piano Society Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to discovering and nurturing talented performers. It sponsors recitals, special events with concert artists, workshops and social events to foster relationships between amateur and professional pianists. Performers and repertoire for the next concert season are chosen in a regular audition process.

Under the artistic direction of founder Elena Leonova, the New York Piano Society presents concerts and special events with guest artists at Carnegie Hall/Weill Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, German Consulate, Hunter College, Steinway Hall, Liederkranz Hall and FDU.

Leonova emigrated from the Soviet Union, where she graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She has played major halls in Europe and South America, and appeared on television in the United States and Europe. A first-prize winner in several American piano competitions, she has appeared in recitals and as soloist with orchestras at Lincoln Center, Kaufman Hall of the 92nd Street Y and Carnegie Recital Hall. Leonova, currently on the faculty of Mannes College of Music, has taught at the New England Conservatory, SUNY Purchase and Rowan University in New Jersey. She has served on the juries of numerous international piano competitions.

For more information on the concert, call (800) 862-4630 ext. 48 or (609) 937-9239, or e-mail For more on the New York Piano Society, go to

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