Recording of New American Masters, Volume 7 begins!

NEW AMERICAN MASTERS - VOLUME 7 

“Songs & Stories”

Palisades Virtuosi is embarking on its 7th album of newly commissioned works with a special 2-CD set of all the works they have commissioned and premiered that include a narrator or singer.  This project, subtitled “Songs & Stories”, includes 7 new works never before recorded! 

Through fairy tales, legends, poetry, artists and newly created stories PV explores a world beyond the purely instrumental.  Guest artists include Barbara Dever, mezzo-soprano (Metropolitan Opera), Frank Basile, internationally renowned opera singer and narrator, Timothy Maureen Cole, soprano (National Opera Center) and cellist, Marisol Espada.

Works included in the project are “The Sea Princess” by Seymour Barab, “Songs from the Laurel Tree” by Thomas Juneau, “Paterson” by Jeffrey Kaufman, “El Dorado” by Ron Levy, “Portraits of Van Gogh” by Martin Sedek,”Fire Diamond by Roger Stubblefield and “Vathek Revisited” by Kerry Turner.

To make a contribution to this effort please visit our Indiegogo fund raising page!

Please enjoy these photos from our recent sessions….


PV@HACPAC - 3-10-19

PV was thrilled to make it debut at HACPAC on March 10, 2019. With a wonderful program of music with guest artists, PV celebrated our richly gifted state of New Jersey through musical views of its poetry, art, and patriotism and through music by New Jersey composers! Here are some photos from that afternoon!

PV @ USR - 12-2-18 "PV & Friends"

We were so happy to make music with our friends on our last concert. Here are photos from the evening - with Jill Collura, bassoon - Michelle Baker, French horn - Owen Davitt, oboe. Lovely time playing the Thuille “Sextet”! We were also very proud to premiere Benjamin Yarmolinsky’s “Pentagrams”, a set of 5 dances that we commissioned, our 81st new work! (photo credit: Billy Welborn)


PV @ USR 4-7-18

Photos from our concert this past Saturday evening - PV presented a program of works related to the number 15 including JS Bach Prelude & Fugue No. 15 and Dvorak's Slavonic Dance No. 15,  newly "corrupted" by PV!  We celebrated our 15th Anniversary with our 80th new work for flute, clarinet & piano, "5 x 3" by Mike Forbes and took a trip down memory lane with Eric Ewazen's "Palisades Suite", the 15th piece we ever commissioned! A lovely reception followed with yummy "Birthday" cake for the trio! 

PV's 80th New Work @ USR - April 7, 2018 - "Opus 15"

PV's Spring Concert - Join us of the final concert of our 15th Season!! 

Ever since our first season and first commission in November 2003 we have consistently created new works for flute, clarinet & piano each year through our Mission to Commission® and with this concert we reach the landmark number of 80 new pieces in just 15 seasons!  

Presented on this program, our 80th newly created work is "5 x 3", a set of five miniatures by renowned tubist and composer Mike Forbes! (visit him at http://www.mikeforbesmusic.com)

Also featured on the program: PV's 15th commissioned work, "Palisades Suite" by Eric Ewazen (released on Albany Records' New American Masters, Volume 3, TROY1195) and several other #15 pieces by Brahms, Burgmuller, Chopin and Mouquet among others. 

We will also present our 2017-18 Young Artist Recognition Award Winner at this performance! 
This award is presented each year to a Bergen County High School student who exemplifies the highest levels of leadership and excellence in music, and comes with an honorarium and a chance to perform on one of our series concerts. 

Don't miss our popular Pre-Concert talk at 7:15pm and the reception with artists and composer following the performance!

But your tickets in advance and save!! visit https://opus15.brownpapertickets.com

ADVANCE SALE: $20 - General Admission, $15 - Student & Senior Citizen, $10 for 12 & Under.

AT THE DOOR: $25 - General Admission, $20 - Student & Senior Citizen, $10 for 12 & Under

Directions, more info at our SCHEDULE page. 

Composer Mike Forbes

Composer Mike Forbes

PV Receives 2018 Bergen County Award!

We are thrilled to announce that we have once again been selected to receive a grant from the Bergen County Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to assist with the commissioning of new works in 2018. The funding for this grant comes from the State of New Jersey and is administered through the county. We are proud to say that we are celebrating our twelfth award - each year since 2006 the county has partnered with PV to help create new and varied works of music and bring them to the audiences in Bergen County. 

In addition to the works we have been able to commission with the assistance of the county, we have also received other works, both as gifts and as third party commissions over the years. So this year's grant is very special because it will help to fund our 80th new work for Flute, Clarinet & Piano!  Please Join us as we mark this historic moment with "5 x 3" by New Jersey composer, tubist & composer, Mike Forbes!

SAVE THE DATE! April 7, 2018. Don't Miss it! (Tickets available at https://opus15.brownpapertickets.com)

Fred Messner (1926-2018)

PV mourns the loss of great friend and supporter, Fred Messner.  Fred was a talented musician, pianist and composer who was a dedicated patron of our organization, serving on the board for many years and as President of the Board for 3 years. He and Vye came to nearly every performance and hosted our fund raising "House Concerts" in their home several times over the years.  He wrote two pieces for the trio, "Eine Kleine Abendmusik" which we recorded on our third volume of new music, and "More or Less Merengue" in honor of our pianist's 60th Birthday! We are so glad that we were able to perform his pieces for him in a concert at the VA in December, we feel it was very meaningful to him.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they gather to say farewell to him this weekend.  Please take a moment to reflect with us on a life well lived and a legacy left with us.  

12-10-17 - PV Holiday Gala @USR

We were so thankful that everyone was able to switch our concert from Saturday December 9th to the next evening at the Unitarian Society.  Due to the snow we had to make the change in order to keep everyone safe.  It was such a fun evening and we had a very nice crowd! Steve Perillo's new trio was a huge hit! And guest artist, Katy Wong charmed us all with her beautiful harp playing! Here are scenes from the evening - enjoy! And don't miss our next concert on January 18th at Montclair State University! 

10-7-17 - PV Goes to the Opera - USR, Ridgewood

PV made a triumphant return to its original "home base", the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, on Saturday October 7th to celebrate its 15th Anniversary Season.  The program featured Metropolitan Opera Star Barbara Dever, mezzo-soprano, in the World Premiere of Thomas Juneau's "Songs of the Laurel Tree", a set of five songs centered on poems about Daphne and Apollo. It was PV's 78th new work since the inception of its "Mission to Commission"(R) in 2003, and the work's glorious harmonies and colorful textures delighted musicians and audience alike.  Other works on the program included a medley of arias from Mozart's Magic Flute, a transcription of the Overture from Scott Joplin's only opera, Treemonisha, the famous "Flower Duet" from Lakme by Leo Delibes and Barbara Dever's show-stopping rendition of "Mon Coeur" from Saint-Saens' Samson & Davila.  Here are pictures of the artists after the concert.