Bloomingdale School of Music announces its 2022/23 Faculty Concert Series at the David Greer Concert Hall, 323 West 108th Street, NYC. The upcoming season will feature rarely heard classical and jazz music for various instruments and voices performed by Bloomingdale’s outstanding faculty and guest artists. Concerts will be presented in Bloomingdale’s state-of-the-art concert hall and will spotlight music from around the world including Italy, Puerto Rico, Hungary, Russia, and our very own New York City. The series kicks off with Rare Pairing: An Evening of Guitar and Clarinet on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 7pm.
For over 20 years Bloomingdale has presented its faculty, as well as guest artists, in concerts including classical music, jazz, and world music. Bloomingdale’s Free Faculty Concert Series has established itself a vital part of the musical life of the Upper West Side, taking place most Fridays at 7pm in Bloomingdale’s David Greer Concert Hall. These events are free and open to the public. Visit bsmny.org/events/ for more information and to RSVP.
Rare Pairing: An Evening of Guitar and Clarinet
Friday, October 7, 2022 at 7pm
This concert features rarely heard music for Guitar and Clarinet, including composers Ferdinand Rebay, Libby Larsen, André Victor Correia and J.S. Bach.
Nora Spielman, Guitar
Kathryn Vetter, Clarinet
Altraente by Chiquinha Gonzaga
Blue Thirds by Libby Larsen
i. Deep Blue,
ii. Salt Peanuts
Selections from Violin Partita No.1 BWV 1002 by J.S. Bach arr. by Nora Spielman
Gaúcho by Chiquinha Gonzaga
Broad Strokes by Luke Ellard
Clarinet Sonata in D minor by Ferdinand Rebay
i. Allegro molto moderato
ii. Thema und Variationen
iii. Tanz Rondo
The upcoming concerts in the series include:
Sounds from the Neighborhood: An Evening of Songs Old and New
Friday, October 21, 2022 at 7pm
An evening of songs inspired by the Upper West Side featuring composers from George and Ira Gershwin to Ned Rorem, and Paul Ziegler. Come enjoy vocal selections celebrating the beauty and creativity of our unique neighborhood.
The Music Of Michael Cochrane
Friday, November 4, 2022 at 7pm
A program of original jazz compositions by Michael Cochrane that were recorded in 2022 at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Michael will perform this special concert as part of the Bloomingdale Birthday Celebration and will be joined by his quartet as well as two BSM jazz colleagues.
Music Inspiring Music
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 7pm
A program of piano works that are inspired by other musical compositions. George Crumb’s chimeric celebration of Thelonious Monk’s ‘Round Midnight and Leo Smit’s take on dances from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story will be featured.
String Quartet Gems
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 7pm
This concert features two hidden gems for string quartet, the Quartet in G Major by Florence Price and the Lyric Quartet by William Grant Still. Paired with these works will be Claude Debussy’s String Quartet, considered a cornerstone of the quartet repertoire.
Virtuosic Violin-Piano Collaboration: Two Sonatas and a Ballet
Friday, December 16, 2022 at 7pm
This concert features two Sonatas in which the violin and piano converse about many subjects and a ballet transcription in which both instruments give lively musical inspiration for storied dancing. Works will include Bach’s Sonata in B minor, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 for Piano and Violin and Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne.
Internet Intermezzi II: Chamber Improv Rebooted
Friday, February 10, 2023 at 7pm
The events of the past two years have accelerated the development of remote collaboration technology. Zach Lapidus and Eli Asher will be joined by contemporary classical music specialist and improvisor Carrie Frey in a live concert bringing these innovations into the concert hall in an engaging set of interactive performances.
A Tribute Concert to Leontyne Price
Friday, February 17, 2023 at 7pm
Soprano Cheryl Warfield and pianist Olga Gurevich present a musical program of arias and spirituals with historical narrative about the life and career of legendary singer Leontyne Price, the first Black soprano to sing a lead role at the Metropolitan Opera House
Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7pm
The music in this concert explores, through imagery and metaphor, the way universal themes of nature, inventiveness and past experience of all kinds create new beginnings.
Celebrating Roberto Sierra
Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7pm
Roberto Sierra (b.1953) was born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico and is one of the most important composers of our time. This program features recent works for solo piano that explore the colorful and virtuosic range of the instrument.
The New Latin American Guitar
Friday, March 31, 2023 at 7pm
This program celebrates the diversity of Latin American guitar music from the 20th and 21st centuries, exploring connections composers have made with the rich variety of cultures and musical styles.
Music for Piano & Guitar: Bach, Carulli, and Giuliani
Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7pm
This program will feature Trio Sonatas by J.S. Bach arranged for piano and guitar by José Maldonado as well as early 19th century works by Mauro Giuliani and Ferdinando Carulli.
Kaleidoscope of Moods
Friday, May 5, 2023 at 7pm
Violist Aundrey Mitchell joins faculty pianist Judith Olson in a program of evocative character pieces by Robert Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Nino Rota, and Astor Piazzolla.
Into the Future! A Modern Jazz Odyssey of Woodwind Music
Friday, May 19, 2023 at 7pm
Saxophonist Daniel Bennett presents a concert of Modern Jazz for all ages including music by Daniel Bennett, Lennon and McCartney, Gustav Holst, Harold Arlen and Joni Mitchell.
The Piano Music of Bartok
Thursday, June 2, 2023 at 7pm
Judith Olson and her students perform solos and duets by 20th century Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, whose 400-plus works for piano include two landmark educational collections: For Children and Mikrokosmos. The centerpiece of the concert, Musiques nocturnes, is an impressionistic and magical evocation of a Hungarian landscape at night.
Masks are required for everyone when entering performance and event spaces in the BSM building.
About the Artists
Kathryn and Nora met as graduate students at Stony Brook University in 2020. In an effort to meet in-person, they started a duo together. Kathryn Vetter graduated (2021) from Stony Brook University with her doctorate in clarinet performance. She is now a music professor at Five Towns College, an instructor at Mannes Prep at The New School, and has her own private studio of woodwind students. In the spring of 2022, Kathryn was the visiting clarinet professor at the University of Oklahoma while Dr. Suzanne Tirk was on sabbatical. In addition to playing duos with Nora, Kathryn also performs with Sputter Box, a clarinet, voice, and percussion trio, and Nu, a woodwind quintet. Most recently, Kathryn performed in Venice, Italy at Biennale Musica 2022 and gave a solo recital at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2022. Originally from New Jersey, Kathryn resides in Brooklyn and regularly performs in NYC and LI.
Nora Spielman is currently completing her doctorate at Stony Brook University. She is a NYC based classical guitarist, teacher and curator. Nora is the founder of Odeon Guitar, a classical guitar series dedicated to providing a performance platform for guitarists in the early stages of their careers. From Brazilian Chôro to Spanish Renaissance music, Nora is passionate about performing a wide range of styles in solo and chamber ensemble settings. As an advocate for women composers and performers, Nora has recently premiered two works dedicated to her by composers Mariel Mayz and Alyssa Regent. Nora has been a part of Bloomingdale’s guitar faculty since 2019 and is proud to be a part of such a supportive and friendly musical community.
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