As teachers, we are always learning and honing our skills so that we can be the best we can be - whether it is in the studio or on the stage. To that end, we invite MEA members to submit photos and/or short articles about concerts, recitals and other related musical activities that may be of interest to fellow MEA colleagues. Click HERE to submit MEMBER NEWS!
Michelle Kuo and her son, Christopher Kuo, are launching their upcoming Two Piano Journey season with a brand new program filled with exciting dances and indulgent romances from Spain, France, Argentina, and Russia by Gustavino, Infante, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and Saint-Saëns. Watch this documentary to learn more about their project.
They are dedicating their coveted Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall debut on October 27 at 7 PM, to Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, a critical food rescue nonprofit that brings leftover food from restaurants to families in need in 18 cities in the country. Their model is simple - volunteers carry prepared food that otherwise would be thrown away by restaurants to food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters within walking distance. The end result - more than 2MM pounds of food have made it to families in need instead of landfills, restaurants are able to save money by reducing food waste taxes, and the environment benefits by a reduction in CO2 emissions.
They have already received nearly $50,000 in sponsorships and commitments for Rescuing Leftover Cuisine this fall. Please help them reach their target of $100,000!
On October 28, Sophia Agranovich will play at the concert presented by the International Music and Arts Society at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall.
Maplewood's DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave., has recently acquired a concert grand due to the generosity of local music lovers. To celebrate this instrument, local teachers will present a recital entitled "Teachers' Turn!" on Sunday, October 7, at 4:00 PM followed by a reception. Suggested donation for adults is $20, students are free. This event is a fund-raiser for a scholarship fund to benefit local music students who lack resources for private music lessons. Performing are MEA members Kathy Allen-Roth, Elizabeth Burnett, Vicki Carter, Dan Crisci, Maxine Giannini, Birgit Matzerath, Nancy Modell, Yudit Terry, Tricia Tunstall, and other musicians. This is a celebration not to be missed!
Pianist Murray Present (1921-2012) was a loyal and distinguished long-time member of MEA. A life-long resident of Montclair, his teaching career included 44 years as a Piano Professor at Montclair State University.
The John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University is pleased to announce to the MEA community of music teachers a new piano scholarship that will honor the legacy of Professor Murray Present. The Murray Present Memorial Piano Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming pianist applying for undergraduate or graduate study at the Cali School of Music. The award will be in the amount of $5,000 per year. An undergraduate award may be extended for a total of four years, and a graduate award may be extended for two years. No special application is necessary; the recipient will be chosen from among those applying to the Cali School of Music. For further information, please contact Dr. David Witten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joan Bujacich will be giving a concert in Danbury, Connecticut at the Richter House located at 100 Aunt Hack Rd. It is an outdoor concert and it begins at 3:00 P.M. Joan will be accompanied by guitarist/vocalist Joe Bilotti. The duo version of their “The Heart Of Gold Band” brings fresh arrangements to familiar classic rock songs. Admission is free.
Please join Sojung Lee in her Trio Fontēs Recital at the Middletown Library on Monday, August 27 at 7 PM.
On August 26, Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo concert at the antique period piano in Belvidere, NJ.
On June 19, Sophia Agranovich performed the same program at the Lambert Castle Museum sponsored by the Passaic County Historical Society.
Beatrice Long will be teaching and performing at the InterHarmony Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria Germany from July 31 - August 12.
Beatrice Long will play Beethoven's Emperor Concerto at the opening concert of the Mozart Festival in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, July 28.
Please join Sojung Lee in her Trio Fontēs Recital at the Cham Doen Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 PM.
Please join Sojung Lee in her Trio Fontēs Recital at the Clifton Memorial Library, Monday, July 9 at 2PM.
An interview with Sophia Agranovich was published in July-August issue of Fanfare Magazine, where she was one of the featured artists. In the same issue, there are 3 rave reviews of her recently released CD 'Chopin and Liszt: Piano Works': Chopin Polonaise-Fantaisie and Nocturne Op. 48 No.1, Liszt: Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata; complete Sonnetti del Petrarca and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14. Another excellent review of this album was published in Atlanta Audio Club issue.
David Witten, Artistic Director, announced the Seventh Dorothy Taubman Festival, June 22-24 featuring: Master Classes with Professor Robert Shannon of Oberlin Conservatory; Technique Clinics and Lectures with Sondra Tammam, Festival Director; Humor in Music with Dr. Lisa Yui, faculty at Manhattan School of Music and MSU, Children's Repertoire with Dragica Curcic; Suzuki and the Taubman Approach and Young Composers in our Studios with Nancy Modell, Jazz Standards reworked with the Taubman Concepts with Dan Crisci, and Guest Artist Gila Goldstein Piano Department Chair at Boston University and faculty at NYU in a free Saturday eve recital.
You are welcome to come for a day or more to learn the profound ideas of the late Dorothy Taubman. Please support our 5 members who will be instructors and performers at this unique festival. Special rates for MEA-NJ members and their students from age 10.
For further information, contact Dr. David Witten at email@example.com or Sondra Tammam at (908) 397-5001
Helen Ryba will perform a solo recital on Tuesday, June 5 at 11:00 AM at Kaplen JCC On The Palisades (411 E. Clinton Ave. Tenafly, NJ).
The program features works by J.S.Bach, including Toccata in G minor, three Preludes and Fugues from WTC 1 and WTC 2.
Other music will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 9, Maurice Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales and Viktor Kosenko’s Two Poem-Legends.
Helen Ryba will perform a solo recital on Sunday, May 27 at 12 noon at The First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street, Westfield.
The program features works by J.S.Bach, which include Toccata G minor, three Preludes and Fugues from WTC 1 and WTC 2. Bach’s Chaconne in D minor from violin partita, transcribed to piano by Ferruccio Busoni, will also be performed.
After the intermission, other music will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 9, Maurice Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales and Viktor Kosenko’s Two Poem-Legends.
Beatrice Long will perform Gaspard de la Nuit at an all-Ravel concert at Brooklyn College on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 PM.
On May 19, Sophia Agranovich performed a solo recital at the Watchung Arts Center featuring works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, and pieces dedicated to Sophia by the contemporary French composer Françoise Choveaux.
Sondra Tammam is invited to teach the Piano Pedagogy Class at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Yuly Verbitsky's Piano Concert on Sunday, May 6 at 2 PM will celebrate the immortal music of the past, including selections of beautiful and expressive pieces of great composers from Central Europe - Mozart, Brahms, and Liszt - including Brahm's Hungarian Dance, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody, and more. The concert is in the concert auditorium of Mahwah Public Library, 100 Ridge Road, Mahwah, NJ.
Cinder LeDell of Castle LeDell Publishing is extending its “2 for 1” MEA music sale of printed copies through May for MEA members, which includes some of her musical art. https://www.clmusicpublications.com/ Eventually, the Publications company will be adding more composers.
Piano pieces range from elementary to early advanced, with many new ones on the way. Open the website to hear and see Barbara Landi-Hause and Cinder perform the “Blow Spring Breeze” duo piano piece.
On the site, you can see the cover and first page of music, listen to the music, then order downloads or hard copies. There are also 8 vocal pieces. Check out the site and tell Cinder what you think of it. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Castle LeDell Music Publications.com Hits A “Home Run!”
MEA’s Cinder LeDell reports that her 2-week old publishing company for piano music has had more than 100 sales, with the piece “Home Run!” as the most popular so far.
“Home Run!” is a hit, according to people at the recent MEA event, Celebrate Composers!, because it is an audience-participation piece directed by the pianist, with “Oh’s” for the first batter out and “No’s” for the second batter out. Then, for the third batter up, the audience claps cupped-hands to make the “sound” of the bat hitting the “Home Run!” The website video of the piece has an actual bat-hitting-the-ball-sound. https://www.clmusicpublications.com/product/home-run/
The Long Duo, Christina and Beatrice Long, will present an Earth Day Celebration Concert at the Watchung Arts Center, Sunday, April 22.