Music Conservatory of Westchester Presents World Premiere Chamber Music Performance
Concert Debut of Composition by Mary L. Bianco with Manhattan Chamber Players
(White Plains, NY) A world premiere musical performance comes to the Music Conservatory of Westchester this spring! On Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at 4pm, the Manhattan Chamber Players will perform a new composition by former Scarsdale resident and Conservatory Board member Mary L. Bianco along with musical works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Max Bruch in the Conservatory’s Recital Hall for this free, public concert.
Chamber music fans will enjoy this exclusive debut of Bianco’s latest composition, a trio for clarinet, viola and piano, in addition to her celebrated work Alegre y Divertida (2017), Beethoven’s String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 no. 3 (1798), and selections from Max Bruch’s Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83 (1908).
“The Manhattan Chamber Players are an exciting collective of outstanding young musicians with the versatility to perform both new and traditional repertoire. Mary’s music is wonderful – complex, compelling, and emotionally rich,” Conservatory Executive Director Jean Newton said. “This concert will be a thrilling experience to share with our students and for the whole community!”
Composing from the heart with her passion for music, Bianco’s distinguished works have been performed around the world by renowned chamber ensembles including Salomé Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Vines, The Solera Quartet, and the Peninsula Trio. With classical and jazz influences, her accessible music exudes an ease both melodically and rhythmically.
Bianco has been composing for the Manhattan Chamber Players for several years, with performances in China, Israel, New York, Connecticut, New Orleans, and Columbus, Ohio. As a former student and active board member and supporter of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, the performance of these works is especially meaningful.
“I enjoy writing for musicians I have heard perform, thus writing for Mark, Luke, and David [Manhattan Chamber Players] was a most enjoyable endeavor as I have by now developed a good sense of each one’s unique style. They are superb musician which makes composing for them a joyful challenge as there are no limitations on their understanding my purpose and intent,” Bianco said. “I am honored to present my music at the school where I began studying piano at age 4 with Michael Pollon and at age 16 composing with Irwin Stall before entering Sarah Lawrence College and most recently graduating in 2015 with an M.A. in Composition from Mills College.”
Of the 30 Manhattan Chamber Players members, the following musicians will perform in the concert on Saturday, March 23rd:
David Fung, piano
Mark Dover, clarinet
Brendan Speltz, violin
Luke Fleming, viola
Andrea Casarrubios, cello
World Premiere Mary L. Bianco Composition with Manhattan Chamber Players Concert at Music Conservatory of Westchester
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 4pm
216 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
The Manhattan Chamber Players are a chamber music collective of New York-based musicians who share the common aim of performing the greatest works in the chamber repertoire at the highest level. Formed in 2015 by Artistic Director Luke Fleming, MCP is comprised of an impressive roster of musicians who all come from the tradition of great music making at the Marlboro Music Festival, Steans Institute at Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival and Perlman Music Program, and are former students of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Colburn School, New England Conservatory, and Yale School of Music. At the core of MCP’s inspiration is its members’ joy in playing this richly varied repertoire with longtime friends and colleagues, with whom they have been performing since they were students. Building upon that foundation, new works commissioned from its composer members keep the ensemble firmly grounded in the music of both the past and present. Its roster allows for the programming of virtually all the core string, wind, and piano chamber music repertoire—from piano duos to clarinet quintets to string octets. Upcoming seasons add tours of Israel, France, and China to MCP’s busy concert schedule in NYC and across the U.S.
Manhattan Chamber Players is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. www.manhattanchamberplayers.com
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, serving 2,800 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. Our Scholarship Program provides tuition assistance for financially deserving students. The Music Therapy Institute brings music into the lives of 2,000 children and adults with disabilities each year through on-site and outreach programs. Healing Our Heroes offers military veterans a specialized music therapy program to help with recovery after their service. The Conservatory has inspired generations of students, and contributed to a vibrant musical life in the county, the region, and beyond. www.musicconservatory.org
For more information about this concert event and the Music Conservatory of Westchester, please contact Adriana Rivera, Communications and Development Assistant, at Adriana@musiced.org or 914-761-3900 x135.
About Music Conservatory of Westchester
Founded in 1929, the Conservatory is a 501(c) 3 organization that provides quality music education for all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We offer one-on-one instruction, performing ensembles, theory, composition, early childhood classes, lifelong learning for adults, summer programs and free community performances. Our unique Music Therapy program incorporates adapted instruction for children and adults with disabilities. Our esteemed faculty, who are performing artists, help to enrich the lives of more than 2,500 students each year from Pre-K to Adults. We offer scholarships to finically deserving students, so that all have the chance to experience the transformative power of music.