Virtual Concerts: Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

Friends Of Music Concerts has been staying active during the pandemic when live concerts were not possible. From September 2020 through May 2021 we have presented a series of performances online.

In Fall 2021, it is our hope that live concerts can return to Westchester County. We are carefully monitoring the situation and will provide updates as soon as have news about the performances currently scheduled for the Fall. We will keep everyone updated on the schedule by email and on our Facebook page. (If you don’t receive our emails, you can signup using the box on the right side of this page ).

For an update on our planning for the Fall, please see this note from Susan Harris, President of Friends Of Music Concerts.

Following is a guide to the streaming performances we have offered since September 2020. After the limited engagements end, we are continuing to offer YouTube recordings of the compositions.

Streaming chamber music concerts scheduled through Spring 2021

May 22-28, 2021 Calidore Quartet. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80. Dvorák: Quintet in G major for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Bass, Op. 77

Earlier Performances: the following artists were featured in virtual performances

September 10, 2020 on : A special presentation created for Friends Of Music Concerts by two members of the Pacifica Quartet: Simin Ganatra and Brandon Vamos discussing Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Opus 68. This presentation is available indefinitely.

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Sat Sept 26 – Sept 30 only: Michael Brown (piano) featured artist. Barber Souveniers (2 pianos) Brown Prelude & Dance (pf & cello); Mendelssohn Sextet Op. 110 (piano & strings). This run has concluded but the Program Notes and links to other recordings by the featured artist are still available.

Sat. Oct 10 – Oct 14.: Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung featured artist. Mozart Concerto in E-flat major for Piano and String Quintet, K. 449;  Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. This run has concluded but the Program Notes and links to other recordings by the featured artist are still available.

Sat. Oct 24 – 28: Cho-Liang Lin (violin) featured artist. Foss “Composer’s Holiday” (vln & pf); Dvorák “Larghetto” from Op. 100;  Tchaikovsky String Sextet Op. 70, “Souvenir de Florence.” This run has concluded but the Program Notes and links to other recordings by the featured artist are still available.

Sat. Nov 7 – 11: David Shifrin (clarinet) featured artist. Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581; Bassi Concert Fantasia on Verdi’s Rigoletto (cl & pf);  Ellington Clarinet Lament (cl & pf). This run has concluded but at this link you can view the Program Notes and a performance of David Shifrin perofrming Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto 1 with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra recorded in January of 2020.

December 1 – 14, 2020: Brahms Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 25 was performed by Wu Han, piano, David Finckel, cello, Arnaud Sussmann, violin and Paul Neubauer, viola. This run has concluded but the Program Notes and a performance of the Brahms piece is available as performed by the Faure Quartet.

December 30 – January 3, 2020, Arnaud Sussmann (violin) featured artist. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4; Chausson Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21. The performance by Arnaud Sussmann with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has concluded its run, but you will find YouTube recordings of Sussmann performing both compositions at this page, along with insightful program notes on the pieces.

January 16 – 22, 2021 Gilbert Kalish. piano. Crumb Three Early Songs; Schubert “The Shepherd on the Rock” and Brahms Quartet in C minor, Op. 60 The performance by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has concluded its run, but you will find YouTube recordings of these three pieces by different artists on this page.

February 13 – 19, 2021 : Gloria Chien performing Felix Mendelssohn. The performance by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has concluded its run, but you will find YouTube recordings of these three pieces by different artists on this page.

March 20 – 26, 2021 Anne-Marie McDermott, piano. Mozart (arr. Czerny) Concerto in D minor for Piano, Flute, and Strings, K. 466; Smetana Trio in G minor, Op. 15. The performance by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has concluded its run, but you will find YouTube recordings of these pieces at this page.

April 10-16, 2021 Virtuoso Violins. Telemann: Concerto in D major for Four Violins. Strauss: Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 18. And Fauré: Quartet No. 1 in C minor for Piano & Strings, Op. 15

May 1-7, 2021 Paul Neubauer, viola. Schumann: “Fairy Tales” for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 132. and Shostakovich: Impromptu for Viola and Piano. This performance has concluded its limited engagement but on this page we are presenting YouTube recordings of these works by Paul Neubauer.

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