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Music Conservatory of Westchester Announces Fall Events

The Music Conservatory of Westchester is proud to present its upcoming fall events. With a variety of performances and an interview with a famous radio host, these musically enriching events take place over the months of November and December 2017.


Elliott Forrest: Keeping it Classical at the Conservatory – On Saturday, November 4, WQXR Radio host Elliott Forrest will speak in the Music Conservatory of Westchester Recital Hall about the famous musicians and celebrities he has interviewed and worked with throughout his career at WQXR Radio and through other endeavors around the country. Elliott has interviewed hundreds of musicians and celebrities, including Yo-Yo Ma, Billy Joel, Luciano Pavarotti, Ringo Starr, Alec Baldwin, John Cleese, Emma Watson, and the casts of Wicked and Avenue Q. Starting at 3 PM, this event will be in an interview format, followed by a Q & A session for the audience. This free event is open to the public.

Conservatory Faculty Concert – The Conservatory will celebrate the talents of its faculty and the history of the piano as a musical partner in a Faculty Recital on Friday, November 10. Open to the public, this free concert will start at 7 PM in the Conservatory’s Helen Demetrios and Michael Stadther Recital Hall.

Performing will be faculty pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich, Hyemin Kang, Jaejin Lee, Irena Portenko, and Michael Zeiger. They will be joined by the Conservatory’s Dean of Students and Faculty Douglas Bish, clarinet, and Suzuki Coordinator Suzanne Wagor, viola.

The program will highlight the role of the piano in chamber music from the 19th century Germanic repertoire, as well as pieces for multiple pianists. Performances will include selections from Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Rhapsodies for piano four-hands, Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio, K. 498 for clarinet, viola and piano, and three rarely performed works: Carl Czerny’s Divertissement Militaire for piano six-hands, Robert Schumann’s Märchenbilder for viola and piano, and Heinrich Baermann’s Adagio for clarinet and piano.

This concert is made possible by a grant from the Westchester Community Foundation’s Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Fund.

Conservatory Faculty Play at the Ritz-Carlton – This fall, Conservatory faculty are slated to perform in a Live Music Series at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester in White Plains. Faculty members will perform jazz music in the Lobby Lounge on Thursday, November 9, 30 and December 8, 22 from 5-8 PM. For a listing of upcoming faculty performances at Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/new-york/westchester/hotel-overview/calendar

Downtown Music at Grace Church – On Wednesday, December 6 at 12:10 PM, Conservatory faculty members Ali Kang, violin, Suzanne Wagor, viola, and Haodong Wu, piano, with Alisa Horn, cello, will perform in partnership with Grace Church presenting a concert of Germanic repertoire of the classical and romantic periods demonstrating the piano as a collaborative musical partner.

This performance is a part of the Noonday Getaway Concert series as part of Downtown Music at Grace Church.


For more information about any of these events and/or the Music Conservatory of Westchester, please contact Adriana Rivera, Communications and Development Assistant, at [email protected] or 914-761-3900 x135.


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.