4-19-15 PV@USR - "Hope Springs Eternal"

Our concert last night was well-received!  We were presented by the Cafe Society Concert Series at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, managed expertly by Mark Meding and Kristin Plumley.  Kristin is also a phenomenal soprano (http://www.kristenplumley.com) and she delighted our audience as a surprise guest on the second half of our program! Our usual practice of having a concert following the reception was changed for this event. The Cafe Society Concert Series hosts local businesses who provide the concert with a dessert & coffee reception at the beginning of the evening. While folks were helping themselves to goodies & beverages we had a chance to mingle and visit. We spent a few minutes talking about the works on the program at our PreConcert talk and then began the concert at 7:30. Beethoven's "Spring Sonata", originally for violin & piano, works well in our transcription for flute, clarinet & piano.  We have performed the 1st movement before but this was the first time we performed the entire work and it was very satisfying to present the piece in its entirety. Our trademark commissioned work was a new trio by renowned composer and flutist Gary Schocker. What a great piece! We are so happy with this work! Other works on the program included Four Short pieces by Frank Bridge for clarinet and piano, "D'un Matin de Printemps" by Lili Boulanger for flute & piano, American Beauty Rag by Joseph Lamb for solo piano and the final movement, "Mexican Hat" of Eric Ewazen's Wildflowers for piccolo, clarinet & piano. Here are some photos!!