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!
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.
Palisades Virtuosi returns to their original home at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood for their 15th Season of concerts in Bergen County!!
Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming dates:
"PV Goes to the Opera!"
Saturday October 7th - 8:00pm
Pre-Concert Talk @ 7:15pm
Metropolitan Opera star, Barbara Dever, mezzo, will join PV for its first ever commissioned work with voice. "Songs of the Laurel Tree" by New Jersey composer, Thomas Juneau will be premiered along with works by Bizet, Delibes, Mozart, Puccini and Verdi. Come early at 7:15 for our increasingly popular Pre-Concert Talk with the artists & composer, and stay after the concert to enjoy a free reception!
"Holiday Gala Concert"
Saturday December 9th - 7:30pm
PV's Annual tradition returns with Special Guest Artists and the presentation of the 2017 High School Young Artist Recognition Award winner! Join us for the Sounds of the Season!
Holiday favorites and the premiere of a Newly Commissioned Work by New Jersey composer, Steve Perillo. Delectable refreshments will be served at the reception following the concert!
Saturday April 7th - 8:00pm
Pre-Concert Talk @ 7:15pm
Join us as we celebrate our 15th Season!!
We will perform PV's 15th commissioned work on this program and our 80th new piece for flute, clarinet & piano as well; a brand new surprise will be premiered along with several #15 pieces! Music by Chopin, Dvorak, Ewazen, Schumann and Mouquet among others. Don't miss the Pre-Concert talk at 7:15pm and the reception with artists and composer following the performance.
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PVMT BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President - Jon Martin, Vice President - Julie Greller, Secretary/Treasurer - Patrick Finley, Nadine Posnansky
ADVISORY BOARD: Dae Bennett, Margaret Cook Levy, Elaine Douvas, JoAnn Falletta, Matthew Halper, Trudy Kane, Ron Levy, Bob McGrath, David Messer, Donald Mokrynski, John Palatucci, Steve Perillo, Paul Mack Somers, Margaret Swinchoski, Sen. Loretta Weinberg
PV was thrilled to release its 6th album of New American Masters at the lovely concert hall inside Forte Piano, Paramus, NJ. Our thanks to Vladimir & Dina for making everything easy for us! This is a great little hall with wonderful acoustics! Our audience was treated to some of our favorite pieces in addition to selections from all seven of the works on our new CD. We even premiered a new piece by Jacob Craig which was commissioned for us by our beloved friend, Jean Geisler. Here are a few photos from the evening---
For ten years Palisades Virtuosi has been promoting young artists from Bergen County. Each year a local high school is selected from a random draw and the music director at that school is asked to select a senior (or a junior) student who exemplifies excellence in artistic ability and also great leadership qualities. This year the award has been given to Jeffrey Grenier, a senior at Ridgefield Memorial High School in Ridgefield, NJ. With the award comes a chance to perform on a Palisades Virtuosi concert, a beautiful plaque contributed by the Trophy King in Teaneck, NJ and a small honorarium.
Jeffrey Greiner is a Baritone who studies privately with Montclair University's Professor George Spitzer and hopes to one day attend college as a vocal music education major. He is active in many music related extracurricular activities including his school’s select choir, men’s choir, jazz band, marching band, percussion ensemble, and his annual musicals. On one recent competition trip, he was awarded a Jazz Flugelhorn improvisation solo award. He also participates in numerous honors choirs each year including 4 years of Bergen County Choir, 3 years of North Jersey Regional Choir (yet to audition for his 4th year), and finally 3 of 3 years in All-State Choir. On October 22, he placed first for upper High School classical men in the NJ NATS Annual Doris Lenz Festival for High School singers.
Jeffrey performed an aria by Handel to great applause on the recent Palisades Virtuosi concert at the Fair Lawn Community Center theater. We congratulate him and wish him well in his future endeavors!
We had a great time on Friday night at our concert in Fair Lawn. A new World Premiere by composer Joseph M. Russo, two new PV "corruptions" - "Friendship Rag" by David Greenfield Bowie [originally for solo piano] and a medley of Beatles tunes we had fun transcribing for flute, clarinet & piano. Also we presented our 2016 award winner, Jeffrey Grenier - more on that in a separate post. Here are a few photos from the evening!
Palisades Virtuosi presented its first fall concert of some of their favorite works by French composers in the Recital Hall at The Ridgewood Conservatory at 409 Sette Drive in Paramus, NJ. The school's director, Lou Caimano was featured on saxophone as guest artist with the trio.
The members of PV are all currently teaching at the conservatory and are planning to add further dimensions to their roles there as instructors with this residency. Among the plans are beginning a program for coaching chamber music and periodic offerings of master classes for the students at the school.
Here they are with Lou & Jan Caimano following the concert.
PV received recognition for its 2016 Award at a recent awards ceremony. Here is Director Cynthia Forster with Margaret & Ron>
Friday June 10, 2016 - Fair Lawn
This evening Palisades Virtuosi premiered its 75th New Work for flute, clarinet & piano at the Fair Lawn Community Center. Composer Roger Stubblefield's "Fire Diamond" Opus 18 was a rousing success. A programmatic work following a legend of the composer's own imagination moved from majestic to pensive, then to an exhilarating finale. Also on the program, Matthew Baier's "Syzygy", a transcription commissioned by PV in 2005 which is a fascinating and dance-like 12-tone work soon to be recorded on PV's New American Masters, Volume 6. Here are photos from the evening.