New York Piano Society Presents a Free Summer Concert at FDU

 Guest Appearance by 15 Year Old Violin Virtuoso David Roberts

Madison, NJ - (May 14, 2009) – A special Summer Concert featuring outstanding amateur artists who are members of the New York Piano Society will be held  on Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m. on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue (Route 124), Madison, N.J.

This free program will include works by Shubert, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and more. This concert, the last in this second season of concerts in Hennessy Hall, will be followed by an outdoor gala reception for the artists and the audience in the historic gardens.

A special guest, violin virtuoso David Roberts, will perform with New York Piano Society member Stanley Sisskin, a software engineer from Bloomberg Enterprise.

David Roberts is a winner of the 2008-09 Mannes Preparatory Division Concerto Competition. He is in the Honors Program at Mannes and studies with Arik Braude. He has been Concertmaster of the Mannes Symphony and is currently a member of the Mannes Philharmonic. He has performed as a soloist at the Bard Music Festival of the Hamptons and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. At Collegiate School, he is a fiddler with The Stately Gentleman, a bluegrass band.

The New York Piano Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and nurturing talented performers whose primary professions lie outside the field of music performance. The New York Piano Society provides a nourishing environment through recitals, special events with concert artists, workshops and social events. It seeks to foster relationships between non-professional and professional pianist so they can learn from and inspire each other.

According to founder and artistic director of the Society, Elena Leonova, the objective of the New York Piano Society is to “establish a venue to enable amateurs to perform publicly.” Members of the Society participate in a regular audition process from which performers and repertoire for the next concert season are chosen. Membership is comprised of individuals with a diverse range of ages and vocations, including scientists, journalists, medical doctors, lawyers, airplane pilots, graphic artists, financial analysts, fashion designers and secretaries.

Under the direction of Leonova, New York Piano Society presents numerous concerts and special events with guest-artists at Carnegie Hall/Weill Recital hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, the Concert Hall of the German Consulate, Hunter College, Steinway Hall, Liederkranz Hall and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The Society is a non-profit corporation supported by private tax-deductible contributions from people or organizations who believe in giving performance opportunities and exposure to amateur artists.

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. A graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, she is currently on the faculty of Mannes College of Music.

The June 7 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 (609) 937-9239.

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Becton College of Arts and Sciences and The New York Piano Society sponsor the event.




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