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May 2024 Performances




Hello friends,


Happy May! I have several performances coming up this month that I want to tell you about, and I hope you’ll join me if you can!


Purchase New Music: On Thursday, May 2nd at 7 pm, I’ll be playing with cellist Sasha Ono and pianist Kyle Walker at SUNY Purchase. This concert is the culmination of a partnership this semester with Laura Kaminsky’s composition class, in which they studied 20th and 21st century piano trios, focusing on Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2, opus 67, an incredibly powerful work. The students each wrote a piano trio in response to what they had learned. We visited the class midway through the semester to play the Shostakovich for them live and workshop their compositions, and on Thursday we will play their final projects, with the movements of the Shostakovich interspersed throughout the program. It has been very cool to see how each student sincerely expresses themselves through their own unique musical language. You can attend the concert in person or check out the livestream; all the information is here.


More Than Music Faculty Series: The Roaring Twenties: On Sunday, May 5th at 4pm, I am thrilled to join fellow Concordia Conservatory faculty, pianist Marija Ilic and soprano Sun Young Chang, in this concert celebrating music from one of my favorite eras. The 1920s was a time of incredible artistic freedom and experimentation, and many of these works written 100 years ago still feel completely fresh and fun today. Marija and I will play Copland’s jazzy, hazy Nocturne and Gershwin’s sassy It Ain't’ Necessarily So, arranged brilliantly by Jasha Heifetz. And I’ll join Marija in accompanying some of the songs Sun Young will be singing by Gershwin and Weill, plus a cute little ditty by Kay Swift called “Fine and Dandy.” It turns out there were actually several women composing and writing lyrics alongside the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. It’s so satisfying to discover the overlooked achievements of women in every chapter of music history.

The concert will be at the beautiful home of Laurie and Hoke Slaughter in Bronxville, NY. Buy your tickets here before they run out of seats! We’ll also be repeating the program at some nearby senior centers.


The Hudson Valley Symphony: The Music of John Williams: I look forward to seeing many wonderful colleagues again on May 18th  in our first concert as the Hudson Valley Symphony. Hear your favorite music from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jaws, and more. And more importantly, come out to show your support for live music in the Hudson Valley! Tickets will be available soon! https://www.hudsonvalleysymphony.org/


I am very excited to share all of this music with you this month!Please feel free to contact me with any questions about any of these performances.


Emily


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