Special Fund-Raiser: Brahms Concerto Now Through December 14

For our annual fund-raiser, we are honored to be able to present a masterpiece of chamber music performed by four world-class musicians. This event is even more special during this time of social distancing: the performance was recorded recently and includes a message recorded for the Friends Of Music Concerts community.

Brahms Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 25 is performed by Wu Han, piano, David Finckel, cello, Arnaud Sussmann, violin and Paul Neubauer, viola. In the introduction, Wu Han and David Finckel (co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center) reminisce about their concerts in Sleepy Hollow and express appreciation for the support shown by our community.

Your donation to Friends Of Music Concerts will help us continue providing financial support for classical musicians which is more important now than before. The streaming performances we are presenting at our website -- now and in the months ahead -- is providing financial assistance directly to musicians who have lost income during the pandemic as concerts were cancelled.

Thanks to earlier donations, we will be able to present the following concerts on the website, supporting highly accomplished classical musicians who are not able to perform in person during the pandemic. We hope you'll support them with a donation and return for these performances. Details about each concert will be posted to our Facebook page and by email as the day of the concerts draw near. Be sure to sign up for our emails or follow us on Facebook if you are not on our list. 

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.

January 16-21, 2021 Gilbert Kalish. piano. Crumb Three Early Songs; Schubert “The Shepherd on the Rock" and Brahms Quartet in C minor, Op. 60.

February 13-17,2021 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.

April 10-14, 2021 Virtuosi Violins.

May1-5, 2021 Paul Neubauer, viola

May 22-26, 2021 Calidore Quartet.

The following performances were presented earlier this Fall. While the concerts have ended their run, you can view the informative program notes about the musicians and the works they performed by clicking on the links below. On these pages we also present different streaming performances by each featurerd musician for your enjoyment.

Sat. Nov 7 to Wednesday. Nov. 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 program has concluded it's run but the program notes and links to other performances by David Shifrin are still available at this link.

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.

Sep 28 - 30 - Michael Brown (pianist) performing MENDELSSOHN's Sextet in D major for Piano, Violin, Two Violas, Cello, and Double Bass, Op. 110 and Barber's Souvenirs for Piano, Four Hands. This program has concluded it's run but the program notes and links to other performances by Michael Brown are available at this link.

We also presented a special event available for viewing at any time: two founding members of the Pacifica Quartet have recorded a message for the Friends Of Music Concert audience, answering your questions and providing insight into one of their favorite performances. Enjoy this engaging conversation with Simin Ganatra and Brandon Vamos followed by a beautiful performance of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 2. CLICK HERE

We hope to present live concerts again in 2021. You'll find details on the Live Concerts page.

Friends Of Music Concerts is a non-profit run entirely by volunteers who live in Westchester and love sharing the work of world-class musicians. We will continue working to support classical music and the people who create it; please consider making a Donation to help us in that mission. And please share your thoughts with us and the rest of the community through our Facebook page.

 

Live Appearances Scheduled in 2021

Classical artists scheduled to perform live in 2021 and 2022

Emerson String Quartet
September 17, 2022 - 8:00pm
Pacifica Quartet with Orion Weiss, piano
April 2, 2022 - 8:00pm
Wu Han, Philip Setzer, David Finckel
September 25, 2021 - 8:00pm
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
October 16, 2021 - 8:00pm
PUBLIQuartet
November 6, 2021 - 8:00pm

Nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and a Chamber Music America Visionary Award. 

Jeremy Denk
October 9, 2022 - 3:00pm

Jeremy Denk is known for his musicianship and his eloquent discussions of classical music. He recently received a MacArthur fellowship and won the Avery Fisher Prize. 

Dover Quartet
November 5, 2022 - 8:00pm

We welcome the return of the excellent young Dover Quartet, lauded by The New Yorker as both “exciting and accomplished.”  The Wall Street Journal has described their playing as “masterly, nuanced” with “gutsy and earthy sound,” while the Santa Fe New Mexican has said that to hea