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.
PV is excited to announce its KickStarter campaign to fund New American Masters, Volume 6 due to be released on the Albany Records label next spring! We hope you will help us our with reaching our goal. There will be only 30 days in this campaign so pledge early and often!!!
THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!
PV was delighted to perform "In Tribute", a program of anniversaries and commemorations, last Friday evening at the Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, NJ. We were pleased to perform two of our previously commissioned works, "Wind Space"  by the church's music director, Brian Schober and "Dog Tales" by Adrienne Albert. In addition we performed the world premiere of Michael Rosin's "Elegy Suite" commissioned by Ron Levy for PV in memory of Raymond Wojcik and also our own transcription of selections from "Gorky's Dream Garden" by Michelle Ekizian.
As the opening concert for their Festival Week of the Arts we enjoyed a good turnout (despite the rain and thunder!) The lovely reception afterward gave us the opportunity to meet members of the parish and also visit with our friends and patrons in attendance. Here are some photos from the evening!
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 2016. 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 tenth award - each year 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 75th new work for Flute, Clarinet & Piano! Please Join us as we mark this historic moment with "Fire Diamond", Op. 18 by New Jersey composer, conductor & performer, Roger Stubblefield! SAVE THE DATE! June 10, 2016. Don't Miss it! (Tickets available at http://diamondinthesky.brownpapertickets.com)