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Spanning the Centuries Music Festival: Hoff-Barthelson’s Celebration of Music from 1750 – 1950

Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Spanning the Centuries Music Festival, celebrating music composed between 1750 and 1950, takes place Friday, March 6, 2020, through Sunday, March 15, 2020. The Festival, featuring music of the great Germanic composers from the Classical, Romantic and Modern eras, as well as masters from other lands, includes student recitals and instrumental and choral ensemble concerts. The Festival is made possible, in part, with a generous grant from the Westchester Community Foundation, a division of The New York Community Foundation.

Spanning the Centuries is part of the School’s “Festivals in Style” that introduces students to music from specific periods of music. Students enjoy the opportunity for detailed study of period solo and ensemble works and are invited to audition to participate in recitals. Auditions are adjudicated by faculty panels. “Experiencing the audition process is an important learning experience for every music student, thus Spanning the Centuries and the Contemporary Festival that follows in May provide vital opportunities for students at all levels to become acquainted with the rigors of auditioning – a character-building experience second to none!” said Executive Director Ken Cole.

On Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 7:00 pm, student performances will take place at the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains. Ensembles scheduled to perform include the Festival Orchestra (Jun Nakabayashi, director); Suzuki Strings (Barbara Berg, Meg Hill, Erich Schoen René, and Peter Seidenberg, directors); Flute Clubs (Donna Elaine and Joseph Piscitelli, directors); Symphonette and Chamber Orchestra (Robert Schwartz, director); Chamber Choir (Laura Green, director); and Wind Ensemble (Joseph Piscitelli, director). Admission is a suggested donation of $20. Students may attend free of charge.

Student recitals are scheduled at the Music School throughout the Festival. Visit the School website – www.hbms.org – for dates and times. These recitals are free of charge.

For Additional Information:
For additional information: 914-723-1169, [email protected], www.hbms.org.

About Hoff-Barthelson Music School:
Hoff-Barthelson Music School, now celebrating its 75th Anniversary, has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and community service. With a faculty drawn from the region’s most talented teachers and performers, the School has long been one of Westchester County’s most cherished cultural resources. At Hoff-Barthelson, students find a warm, friendly music school dedicated to the highest standards of education, performance, and community service. Students of all ages, aptitudes, and levels of interest enjoy a supportive, joyful learning environment; a focus on the whole person; exceptional teaching; and a multifaceted curriculum.

About the Westchester Community Foundation:
Westchester Community Foundation’s mission is to connect generous people to the causes they care about and invest in transformative ideas and organizations to improve lives and strengthen our community. WCF is a division of The New York Community Trust, one of the largest community foundations in the country, with assets of approximately $2.6 billion.

Programs of Hoff-Barthelson Music School are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo credit: The Hoff-Barthelson Chamber Orchestra will perform at the School’s Spanning the Centuries Music Festival. Photograph by Steven Schnur.