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Joan Bujacich’s piano composition Fantasy To Toad Hall has been chosen to be included in a retrospective sampling of composers from a New York concert series that was created in 1985 and flourished for over a decade. The concerts were presented at Cami Hall which was located at West 57th Street in NYC. Lee McClure, director of the Eclectix concert series, writes of Joan’s composition: "In looking for a good sampling of the 130 composers from Eclectix concerts, yours stood out: Jazz groove, moody slow; sudden changes; classical climaxes - all seamlessly woven together. Just a really major statement." He continues, "I thought of you a lot while making my sampling of Eclectix recordings called From The Ecelctix Stage for Youtube: It has 18 recordings. I include the first movement of your Fantasy At Toad Hall. It’s the 5th selection. If you click the blue ‘5:10’ it’ll jump to your recording."
You can hear the audio clip Here along with the other composers selected. Or if you prefer seeing the video of Joan’s performance, it is posted from her website video page (scroll down to the 5th clip) where you will find the three compositions she performed that evening along with other original compositions: https://joanbujacich.com/video.php.
Though many years have passed, it is nice to see that Mr. McClure, a composer himself, is keeping this music alive!
On Thursday 2/27 at 7:30 PM, Beatrice Long will be performing Ravel's Concerto in G with the Brooklyn College Orchestra CUNY, with conductor George Rothman at Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts.
On Saturday 2/29 at 8 PM, Beatrice Long is performing with cellist Sophie Shao (winner of Avery Fisher Career Grant and Rostropovich Competition) at the Watchung Arts Center. Music is by Schumann, Beethoven, and Debussy.
The Ars Vitalis series will present "The Music of Amanda Harberg" at Kean University's Enlow Recital on March 5 at 7:30 PM. Dr. Harberg will be joined by the renowned Dorian Wind Quintet, Met Orchestra cellist Samuel Magill, New York Philharmonic flutist/piccoloist Mindy Kaufman, flutist Cobus du Toit, and clarinetist Ben Fingland. The concert is free and will be followed by a reception. Please see the flyer for further details.
Youn-hee Kim will perform The Lark by Glinka-Balakirev for the MEA Annual Piano Competition’s 50th Year Celebration Concert on April 16.
Heart 'N Hands Mission is presenting The Songbird Trio, comprised of Kathy Knittel on lead vocals, Joan Bujacich on piano, and Joe Bilotti on guitar on November 24th at 3 pm, St Timothy Lutheran Church, 395 Valley Road, Wayne NJ. The Trio will be performing songs from Kathy’s 2017 CD, A Songbird's Christmas featuring Joan's fresh arrangements of holiday favorites, along with other selections. All proceeds benefit Heart 'N Hands Mission, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization whose mission is to collect and provide clothing and other necessities to the homeless and working poor of northeastern NJ servicing over 2,000 families per month. Tickets are $15.00 and are available at the door. To reserve tickets, please call St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 973-694-8316, select Mailbox #6 and leave a message, a volunteer will call to confirm. Visit The Songbird Trio Facebook page here and purchase here.
Sondra Tammam presented a Master Class Seminar at the Conservatorio G. Verdi of Milan.
MEA board member and Past President, Joan Bujacich, released a new CD of electronic compositions entitled, Seeing Sound, Hearing Color. She collaborated with artist/healer, Sandra Del Cioppio on this project. They will be exhibiting their project at the Nyack Holistic Fair on October 26. To learn more about this project which can “tune-up your aura”, visit Joan’s website Here. You can also visit their Seeing Sound, Hearing Color Facebook page for more details.
Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo recital at the 'floating concert hall' Bargemusic on September 7, 2019, at 6 PM. In the program: Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight' by Beethoven, Scherzo No. 4 in E Major by Chopin, Transcendental Etude 'Ricordanza' by Liszt, works by Mendelssohn and Debussy.
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More information and tickets: https://bit.ly/2Z2EcpV.
Nancy Modell will conduct student master classes at the New Jersey Suzuki Workshop at The College of New Jersey on July 20-21.
“My 15th birthday may be a distant memory,” Ingrid says, “but between 15 and 60 lie 45 years of inspiration that have affected my every day and every student that I teach now, too.”
David Witten and Sondra Tammam, Co-Directors, announce The 8th Taubman Piano Festival 2019 at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, Fri/Sat/Sun - June 28-30. MEA members, Dan Crisci, Dragica Ćurčić, and Nancy Modell are Festival faculty. Single day attendance is welcome! Come listen to our free evening concerts!
Birgit Matzerath will be playing a benefit recital for the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County on Saturday, June 22 at 7 PM, 516 Prospect Street. Maplewood, NJ 07040.
Helen Ryba will perform a solo recital on Saturday, June 8 at 5 PM at The Bronx River Art Center, 1087 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY 10460
The program includes Bach’s Chaconne D minor from violin partita, transcribed for piano by Ferruccio Busoni, Viktor Kosenko’s Consolation Op. 9 and Allemande Op. 19 (from the 11 Etudes in The form of Old Dances). It also features E-minor Sonata by Florence Beatrice Price and Prelude and Fugue in F-major by Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk.
Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo concert at the Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Rd, Watchung, NJ on May 11 at 7:30 PM. In the program are works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Debussy. More information: watchungarts.org.
Toni Russo is pleased to announce the publication of Thankful Me , a children's illustrated book taking children through a journey of things to be thankful for and happy about in their lives through images, the alphabet and rhymes.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the MEA-NJ.
The book is available at Barnes and Noble: Thankful Me
Nancy Modell will present a workshop for teachers at the conclusion of her presentation, Creative Composing for pianists: Empower Creativity, Nurture Musicality, at the 1st Suzuki Convention of the Americas, in Cancun, Mexico, May 1–5.
Youn-hee Kim was invited to perform on April 14 for the Richter Association for the Arts in Danbury, Connecticut.
MEA members Dan Crisci and Lisa Gonzalez are part of the 2019 Canticles for Life Concerts in March and April. The Triad Arts Ensemble presents three AIDS Benefit Concerts - Sunday, March 31st, 4 PM @ St Joseph Church in Maplewood NJ, Saturday, April 13th, 7 PM @ Parsippany United Methodist Church in Parsippany NJ, and Sunday, April 14th, 4 PM @ St Martin’s Episcopal Church in Bridgewater NJ. All proceeds to benefit The AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, The NAMES Project of Northern NJ and New Jersey AIDS Services. In addition to accompanying the chorus, Dan will perform a set with his jazz trio. Join us for a musical journey and celebration of the human spirit through song!
Concert details on the Canticles for Life website and on Facebook.
Nancy Modell is invited to present Creative Composing: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicality at the Piano Teachers Congress of NY on Thursday, April 4 at 10:30 AM at the Yamaha Artist Services, 689 5th Ave. #3, New York, NY.
Beatrice Long and pianist Jo-Hwa Yao and I for a recital on Sunday, March 24 at 3 PM at Jacobs Music, 2540 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ.
This event is presented by the Steinway Society of Greater Princeton to aid students with scholarships. The afternoon recital will feature duet music by Faure and Brahms; solo piano works by Beethoven, Scriabin Piazzolla and the world premiere of Tango Zurdo by young and an upcoming Mexican composer Eduardos Palacios.
Admission: $20 individual nonmembers; $10 full-time students.
For more information visit www.steinwaysocietyprinceton.org
Cosmos Piano Duo, Yuka Yanagi and Kai Pangune Kim, will perform Sunday, March 24 at 2 PM at the Fort Lee Library. Works by Bach, Strauss, Liszt, Stravinsky, Rossini, Bizet, and Khachaturian.
Dr. Salvatore Mallimo is pleased to announce the release of his new series, Elements of Piano Technique and Applied Theory. This collection covers 44 different technical elements over 12 books (1a-1c, 2a-2c, 3a-3c, and 4a-4c) and spans Late Elementary to Advanced levels. Each unit contains theoretical explanations with examples of each element (so students understand what they are practicing) and anywhere from 5 to 10 preparatory exercises (so students know how to practice). Each book also contains a practice checklist to track progress and set tempo-related goals. Technique can be highly personal, so this series intentionally leaves a lot of room for the teacher to guide the physical approach, allowing for its successful use as a supplement to any curriculum, or with any method book series. Individual copies and studio-licensed copies can be purchased as PDF downloads on Dr. Mallimo’s website, while paperback copies are available through Amazon.com.