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.
Birgit Matzerath will introduce her memoir More than the World in Black and White - How music came alive and my life became music on Sunday, February 24 at 11 am at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood NJ.
Music educator, pianist and jazz composer, Dr. Angy Estrada released her debut CD album entitled: Latin Pulse. A tribute to her musical roots using Latin American rhythms, and jazz harmony. You will find an array of flavors and improvisation! Available at: cdbaby.com, Amazon.com and all digital stores. More info: www.AngyEstrada.com
Birgit Matzerath's memoir More than the World in Black and White- How music came alive and my life became music is now available on Amazon. The book traces the author's development from a child who resented her talent into a woman whose life is grounded in music. It explores how the fulfillment of talent is influenced by family dynamics and life events. First reader responses are enthusiastic. To read more about the book, go to https://www.amazon.com/
On Sunday, January 20, Birgit Matzerath presented a lecture-recital on "Preludes and Fugues from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier as a source of meditation" at Beacon Unitarian Church in Summit, NJ. The event was part of the church's annual "service auction" fundraiser.
Cherwyn Ambuter accompanied seasonal community chorus concerts:
* The Newburgh Chorale
* Dec. 22 at King of Kings Lutheran Church, New Windsor, NY
* Dec. 30 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Beacon, NY
Cherwyn Ambuter accompanied seasonal community chorus concerts:
* Classic Choral Society:
Dec. 16 at the First Presbyterian Church of Goshen, NY
Dec. 23 at the Blooming Grove United Church of Christ, Blooming Grove, NY
On October 28, Sophia Agranovich will play at the concert presented by the International Music and Arts Society at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall.
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!
We regret to notify you that the Plainfield Music Store has officially closed its doors, permanently. The store, both online and retail, is no more.
We thank you all so much for your patronage and support over the years. Thanks for all the memories! We will still have the email@example.com e-mail, and our Facebook page, so drop us a line now and then. Sincerely yours, Vicky Griswold & the Plainfield Music Store Staff - Pat, Michael, Wendy, and, in spirit, David
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.
Cherwyn Ambuter performed a piano solo children's concert at Calvary Baptist Church, Warwick, NY.
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.
Cherwyn Ambuter performed a fully improvised piece for violin solo accompanied by harpsichord and cello for the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey Summer Music Festival Chamber Music Celebration with Sariah Johnson, cello and Agnes Kwasniewska, violin.
It was a fantastic musical growth experience! She also played harpsichord continuo together with Sariah for another piece for two flutes and bassoon.
Cherwyn Ambuter performed with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey Summer Festival Opera, as pianist within the orchestra, for Die Fledermaus, semi-staged.
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.
Cherwyn Ambuter served as Music Director and Accompanist for the annual Thurnauer School of Music Broadway Showtime Camp production of Fiddler On the Roof.
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.
Luba Vasilyeva is performing Liszt's Rhapsody Español at the Wharton Institute of the Performing Arts's Faculty Concert on April 22 at 3 PM. Admission is free.
Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured performers at David Dubal's 'Piano Matters' on WWFM and WWFM.ORG.
On Wednesday, April 4 at 10 PM and on Sunday, April 8 at 12:00 PM Sophia Agranovich is honored again to be one of the performers at WWFM Classical Network program 'Piano Matters', hosted by David Dubal.
Listen online on your computer, tablet or phone at wwfm.org/
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