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Adam Kent, pianist, presented a program with clarinetist Pascal Archer on Sunday, April 28, at the CUUC (church in White Plains). The duo gave a wonderful performances of works for clarinet and piano: Poulenc’s Sonata, Honegger’s Sonatina, and the Brahms F minor Sonata.
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Pamela Sklar – flutist and composer.  Premiere performance of Quartet: Mandolin on the Moon took place on Sunday, April 7, 3:30 PM, at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers,  NY.

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Karen Bredberg, cellist, and Rita Kuo, pianist, presented a recital on Wednesday, March 20, at 2:00 PM at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club.

 The program  included a tribute to Fritz Kreisler,  the great violinist/composer: simple and elegant pieces that he performed regularly in his frequent recitals; also piano music by Mendelssohn (to celebrate the 210-year anniversay of his birth), Chopin (to celebrate the 170-year anniversary of his death), and Gottschalk (to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of his death).
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Pianist Tomoko Uchino and clarinetist Dorothy Duncan performed on the Faculty Recital at Hoff-Barthelson Music School on Friday, March 8. The program, which celebrated Women’s History Month, included Sonata for Clarinet Solo by Germaine Tailleferre; Trio by Madeline Dring for flute, oboe, and piano; and Februarium for alto flute, clarinet, and piano by WMG flutist and composer Pamela Sklar.
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Pamela Sklar, flutist, Dorothy Duncan, clarinetist, and Rita Kuo, pianist, performed an afternoon program at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club on Thursday, February 21. The program included the world premiere of Februarium, a trio for alto flute, clarinet, and piano, composed especially for this concert by Pamela Sklar. The ensemble also played works by Handel (Sonata in C Minor),  Gaubert (Madrigal for Flute and piano), Draganski (Trio from Rio), Shostakovich  (Waltzes), Bennett (Suite for flute and clarinet), and Reade (Suite from the Victorian Kitchen Garden). 

Photo of  Trio concert

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  • Dorothy Duncan, clarinetist, participated in a concert in tribute to pianist/accompanist Joanne  Procell, at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, on Friday, January 11, 2019. Dorothy and pianist Nely Burla performed Carol from Geral Finzi’s Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano, a piece that Joanne often played with clarinet students of Dorothy’s.

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AMY HERSH – flutist – performed on New Year’s Eve:  the complete Brandenburg Concerti of J.S.Bach, at  The Church of St. James the Less, Scarsdale, NY.

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  • Saar Ahuvia and Stephanie Ho (DUO Stephanie and Saar)  presented a free concert on December 8, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jersey City as part of the  Con Vivo Music concert series. The program included  Beethoven’s diabolical Grosse Fuge in the composer’s own four-hand transcription, Schubert’s iconic Fantasia in F minor, as well as selections by Bach from Art of Fugue.

Stephanie and Saar are gearing up for a very exciting spring with a new recording project, performances in Tel Aviv, Miami, Sacramento, Portland (Oregon), and more.

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St. Thomas Orchestra: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 7:30 PM, White Plains High School Auditorium. Conductor Bernard Tamosaitis is a WMG member, as are orchestra members Heidi Chisholm and Terry Wager. The program featured “Tempest” by WMG member William Eckfeld, as well as the Sibelius Violin Concerto and  Prokofiev Symphony No.7.
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Sound Shore Chorale presented a Mayfest of Choral Treasures. Sunday, May 6, 3:00 PM, New Rochelle Public Library. WMG member  Kathy Wiegand sings with the chorale.
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GARY GOODMAN – pianist – Sunday, May 6, 2018, 2:00 PM, performed at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Chappaqua, in a recital to benefit the Ossining food pantry.
This was Gary’s eighth and final benefit concert in the cycle of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas.  The program included Sonata in E, Op. 14, No. 1, Sonata in E flat, Op. 7, Sonata in F, Op. 54, and Sonata in C minor, Op. 111.
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ADAM KENT, pianist, and mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna performed sultry favorite Spanish and Latin-American Art Songs on Sunday, May 6th at 12:30 pm, at the White Plains Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
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DOROTHY DUNCANclarinet –  performed two works for solo clarinet by composer Robert Siebert for a program sponsored by the Professional Music Teachers Guild of New Jersey. Monday, March 5, 2108, 10:30 AM, Hackensack Public Library, Hackensack, NJ.
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ADAM KENT pianist performed in all-Mozart program featuring sonatas, variations, rondos and fantasies by the prodigy from Salzburg, as well as an imaginary encounter between the composer and another celebrated son of Vienna from a later century, Sigmund Freud. Sunday, November 5, 2017, at the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation in White Plains, NY.

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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. www.southern.edu/music/
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. www.symphonyspace.org/event/8944/Music/steinway-salon-duo-stephanie-saar
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. college.up.edu
Hope to see you soon!
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