News of Guild Members

Congratulations to STEPHANIE HO and SAAR AHUVIA on their new CD release!

DUO STEPHANIE and SAAR celebrated their CD release of The Art of Fugue with a concert at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday, September 24, at 5:00 PM.

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A composition by flutist PAMELA SKLAR was featured on a concert at the Briarcliff Congregational Church, Sunday, November 20, 3:00 PM.

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The St.Thomas Orchestra performed on Saturday evening, November 19, 2016, 7:30 PM, at the White Plains High School. WMG member BERNARD TAMOSAITIS is the conductor of the orchestra; WMG member SAYURI IIDA was the piano soloist for the Grieg Piano Concerto. WMG member HEIDI WOLFGANG played the beautiful English horn solo on the William Tell Overture (Rossini), and WMG member TERESA WAGER played flute/piccolo.

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On Wednesday, November 16th at 1:00 PM, violinist Dr.Yeou-Cheng Ma and WMG pianist RITA CHEN KUO presented  a recital of music for violin and piano in the Music Room of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club. In addition to works by Handel (Sonata in D, Op.1 No. 4), Beethoven (Sonata in F, Op. 4), and Vitali (Ciaccona in G Minor), the duo chose to feature works by two woman composers, Cécile Chaminade and Pauline Viardot. The Spanish Serenade by Chaminade, composed in 1895  when the  prolific composer was 38 years old, began as a song for voice and piano (with a dedication to Emma Calvé, the most famous operatic soprano of the Belle Epoque), but it gained an enduring place in recital repertoire when it was transcribed by Fritz Kreisler for violin and piano. The Sonatine in C was written at the beginning of a long period of instrumental composition by Viardot, who had been a renowned singer for many years as well as a composer. She wrote the violin and piano Sonatine in C in 1874, when she was 53. Turning gradually from her singing career to composing music, by this time she had already composed three salon operas.

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Clarinetist DOROTHY DUNCAN performed with the Lehman College Woodwind Quintet on Sunday, November 13, 2016, 2:00 PM, at Lehman College in the Bronx. Dorothy also performed later that day in Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring (13 instrument version) on a concert  to pay tribute to Joan Bergman on the occasion of her retirement as Director of Hoff-Barthelson Music School.

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JOYCE HENERY (soprano) and JOSEPHINE CARUSO (piano)  performed with the Chaminade Club of Yonkers on Tuesday, May, 3, 2:00 PM, at the Grinton Will Library (1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY).

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On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, DOROTHY DUNCAN (clarinet) performed Gerald Finzi’s Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano with Nely Burla, pianist, on the Performers Showcase at Hoff-Barthelson Music School,  Scarsdale , NY.

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News from WMG pianists SAAR AHUVIA and STEPHANIE HO:

Happy New Year!!

We wanted to let you know of some exciting events to kick off 2016!

On Wednesday, January 20 at 7:30PM you will find us in Chattanooga performing selections from our CD Beethoven Dialogues. Featured on the program are the Quartets Op. 18, Nos. 4 and 6 as well as Op. 59, No.3, Razumovsky. Southern Adventist University Ackerman Auditorium.

Join us for a special concert at New York City’s Symphony Space on Thursday, February 4 at 1:00PM.  The event is part of the Steinway Salon Series and Fuse Project and is co-sponsored by Composers Collaborative.  Music includes the Nancarrow Sonatina, George Crumb’s Makrokosmos IV: Celestial Mechanics and a selection of works by the Hungarian composer György Kurtág interspersed with J.S Bach’s Art of the Fugue.

We are very excited to feature the majestic Sonata in F minor, Op. 34b for two pianos by Brahms (the earlier version of his famous Quintet!).  University of Portland (OR) Music at Midweek Concert Series. Wednesday, February 10 at 12:30PM.

Hope to see you soon!