2024-25 Season Announced

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Friends of Music Concerts announces 2024-25 season

Concerts will range from chamber music superstars to brilliant young artists and soloists

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY – Friends of Music Concerts, which has presented the finest in professional chamber music since 1954, will highlight a variety of music ensembles, instrumentation, and soloists in its 2024-2025 season.

“After our 70th season celebrations, we’re moving ahead with renewed energy and a commitment to the future of chamber music while also presenting masters of the traditional repertoire. In addition to our concert series, we are passionately committed to our programs that encourage and mentor young musicians and audience members,” said FOMC President Susan Harris.

Performances are scheduled to take place at Sleepy Hollow High School auditorium, 210 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., with ample free parking and handicapped access.

The season begins on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2024, 8 p.m. with superstars of the chamber music world: the Han, Setzer, Finckel piano trio. Pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel are co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Violinist Philip Setzer, formerly (along with Finckel) of the esteemed and recently retired Emerson String Quartet, is artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s String Chamber Music Program.

The rest of the 2024-25 season will take place on Sunday afternoons.

On Sunday, Oct. 6, 2024 at 3 p.m., the Dover String Quartet with Roberto Díaz, viola, arrives. The Grammy-nominated Dover Quartet is in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, where Diaz, an internationally renowned violist, is president and CEO.

Friends of Music Concertswelcomes the WindSync woodwind quintet on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2024, 3 p.m. The quintethas won the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, among other awards. They “play many idioms authoritatively, elegantly, with adroit technique and with great fun.” All About the Arts

Last spring, students at Hendrick Hudson High School received coaching under FOMC’s Partnerships in Education program from the Balourdet String Quartet, who will perform on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2024 3 p.m. with flutist Adam W. Sadberry. The members of the Balourdet are graduate quartet artists in residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. As a musician and educator, Sadberry is known for his virtuosity, creativity and vibrancy.

On Sunday, March 16, 2025, 3 p.m., Benett Tsai, cello, was to have appeared with FOMC, but this concert unavoidably needed to be rescheduled. Look forward to it in the 2025-2026 season

Megan Moore, mezzo-soprano, and Francesco Barfoed, piano, will join forces on Sunday, March 30, 2025, 3 p.m. Moore, a previous winner of our YCA Performance Award, has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, among prominent companies. Barfoed, with Moore, won first prize in the Copenhagen Lied-Duo Competition.

On Sunday, April 6, 2025, at 3 p.m., we welcome Young Concert Arts 2021 Susan Wadsworth International Auditions and YCA Performance Award winner Harmony Zhu.  Despite her young age, this Canadian pianist already has an impressive concert history having appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, among many others with some of the most venerated and award-winning conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She is described by David Dubal as “part of the next great Golden Age of the piano” and by the Chicago Tribune as “a deeply musical soul and nimble technician”.

A regular and beloved presence on the world’s great concert stages for three decades, the Jerusalem String Quartet wraps up the season on Sunday, May 4, 2025, 3 p.m. This is their third appearance with us.BBC Music Magazine described one of their performances as “an absolute triumph. Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for.”  

Friends of Music history

Founded in 1954, Friends of Music Concerts’ first concert featured the young Juilliard String Quartet. Since then, FOMC has brought to Westchester chamber music groups of world renown, accomplished soloists and developing artists. FOMC’s mission has always maintained a special focus on keeping musical experiences affordable and building audiences of the future.

Its Partnership In Education Program sponsors one-day residencies of young professional musicians providing master classes at several Westchester County schools during the season.

Its Susan R. Harris Scholarship Fund works with two of Westchester County’s top music schools – Hoff-Barthelson and Music Conservatory of Westchester — to provide scholarships to students from underserved communities.

Subscriptions and tickets

Patrons may subscribe early and get a significant discount from the regular seven-concert subscription price. A subscription to all seven concerts purchased by April 28, 2024 is $175 ($25/ticket). After April 28, a full subscription is $210 ($30/ticket). A flexible mini-subscription of four or more admissions is $35 per admission, each usable once as a ticket to any concert. Single tickets at $40 each may be ordered after April 28. Those 18 years of age and under are admitted free of charge. Go to www.friendsofmusicconcerts.org.

Friends of Music Concerts, Inc. | P.O. Box 675 | Millwood, NY 10546
Tel (914) 861-5080 |www.friendsofmusicconcerts.org

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