Internationally renowned violinist Ani Kavafian will be the featured artist in An Autumn Afternoon of Music, a benefit concert on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Music Conservatory of Westchester. String players from the Yale School of Music will join Ms. Kavafian in a performance of Mozart’s C Major Viola Quintet, as well as other selections from the string quartet repertoire. Also on the program will be two works by composer and Conservatory board member Mary Lynn Marx Bianco, who grew up in Westchester and studied at the Conservatory.
The afternoon will begin with a concert at 3pm in the Conservatory’s Helen Demetrios and Michael Stadther Recital Hall, followed by a reception with the artists. Ticket prices are $150 for a Premium ticket, and $100 for an Individual ticket. Proceeds from the benefit will support the Conservatory’s Scholarship, Music Therapy, and Healing Our Heroes programs.
Ani Kavafian, who resides in Goldens Bridge and whose son attended the Conservatory, enjoys a prolific career as a chamber musician and soloist, and is in great demand as a teacher. She is Full Professor of Violin at Yale University, and has taught at Mannes the New School for Music, Manhattan School of Music, Queens College, McGill University, and Stony Brook University. Orchestral appearances include the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, and the Los Angeles and Saint Paul chamber orchestras. A member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1972, she continues to tour with them in North America, Europe and Asia. Ms. Kavafian was a 1979 recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize and has appeared at the White House on three occasions. She has recorded for Nonesuch, RCA, Columbia, Arabesque, Delos, Kleos Classics and Artek. Her instrument is the 1736 “Muir-McKenzie” Stradivarius.
For more information on this event, please contact Aishling Quinn, [email protected] or visit, http://www.musicconservatory.org/autumn-afternoon-of-music
The Music Conservatory of Westchester was founded in 1929 by a group of community members and renowned artists. Today, the Conservatory, provides the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community, from absolute beginners to advanced artists, with one-on-one instruction, performing ensembles, theory, composition, early childhood classes, lifelong learning for adults, and free community performances for 2,900 students each year from 4 months to over 80 years old. As a not-for-profit organization, the Conservatory is dedicated to serving the community and reaching out to those who would not otherwise have access through its scholarship program. The Music Therapy Institute brings music into the lives of 1,900 children and adults with disabilities each year. The Conservatory has inspired generations of students, and contributed to a vibrant musical life in the county, the region, and beyond.