Our Winter Concert – January 6, 2019 – was a tribute to our dear member, Josephine Caruso. With a focus on the American Songbook, the program featured the Victor LaGamma Jazz Trio, followed by performances by WMG vocalists.
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Our September 2018 Fall Concert was a very special event: a tribute to long-time member Mary Tanenbaum, who passed away last February. The musical portion of the afternoon featured a trio sonata by Handel (performed by WMG members Rita Kuo, pianist; Pamela Sklar, flutist; and Dorothy Duncan, clarinetist); three solo piano works by Rachmaninoff, performed by WMG member Sayuri Iida; Mary’s son David Tanenbaum, guitarist, performing a new work by Aaron Jay Kernis (with the composer in attendance); and jazz pianist Valerie Capers and bassist John Robinson performing Bernstein and Timmons. Mary’s son Jacob gave a moving tribute to his mother in his closing comments.
Following the concert, the performers and audience enjoyed a festive reception, with delicious food and a wonderful ambiance for socializing.
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Our 2017 Winter Concert and Party (Sunday, January 8, 2017) was a special event: a celebration of music for organ, held at the Church of the Holy Family in New Rochelle. A festive reception in the holiday-decorated Rectory followed the concert.
For Concert announcement flyer, click WMG 2017 Winter Concert flyer
For full program, click WMG 2017 Winter Concert program
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The Westchester Musicians Guild opened the 2016-2017 season with our Fall Concert on Sunday, September 25, 2016. The musical portion of the afternoon featured Trio d’été: Rebecca Eckfeld, violin; Carole Tilson, cello; William Eckfeld, piano.
The trio performed three works:
Fantasy Pieces, Op. 88 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Three Nocturnes, by Ernest Bloch (1880-1959)
Trio Fantasy, by William Eckfeld (b. 1951)
A festive reception followed the concert.
Trio d’été Bios
Rebecca Eckfeld, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Opera Orchestra of New York. At present, she is a member of the St. Thomas Orchestra, the Queens Oratorio Chamber Orchestra, Trio d’été, the Eckfeld Duo, and a founding member of the Norwood Trio.
William Eckfeld is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestras. For 26 years he was the orchestra director at White Plains High School and has served as president of the Westchester County School Music Association. He is an active composer whose works are often played in the Westchester County area. He is presently a member of the St. Thomas Orchestra, Trio d’été, the Eckfeld Duo, and organist at Holy Trinity Church in New Rochelle.
Carole Tilson is a graduate of the New England Music Conservatory and has been a member of the Orquestra De Veracruz in Mexico. She has performed extensively throughout the New York area including work with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the New Jersey Opera. She is a founding member of the Norwood Trio and the Trio d’été.
Trio d’été made its public debut on September 14, 2014. While the members have performed together over many years in other capacities, they finally came together in September 2013 to inaugurate their trio.
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The WMG Winter Concert, January 11, 2015, featured mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron and pianist Miriam Leskis.
Gustav Mahler (from Des Kanben wunderhorn): Rheinlegendchen, Das irdische Leben
Charles Ives: Qu’il m’irait bien; Omens and Oracles; Tom Sails Away; At the River; The Circus Band
Mussorgsky – The Nursery: With the Nanny; In the Corner; With a Doll; At Bedtime; Hobby Horse
Arnold Schoenberg: Hains in diesen Paradiesen; Warnung
Benjamin Britten: Tell me the Truth about Love
William Bolcom: Waitin’; Amor
Rodgers and Hart: Johnny one note
[encore performed: Gershwin: Nice Work if You Can Get It ]