For Immediate Release
Kevan Wisniewski– Office Administrator
Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck St.
Montclair NJ 07042
973-744-4752 x2

Van Vleck to Host Russian Masterpiece Program by Palisades Virtuosi

2:00 pm
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck Street
Montclair, NJ 07042

The first of this season’s Sunday concert series at Van Vleck House & Gardens will feature Palisades Virtuosi an ensemble of three accomplished musicians performing a program of Russian Masterpieces by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergei Prokofiev.

The concert is part of the third season of a collaboration between Van Vleck and Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music. These concerts welcome faculty, student and visiting artists to perform at the historic Van Vleck property in the heart of Montclair. All the concerts are open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Palisades Virtuosi return to Van Vleck with a fascinating selection of Russian pieces. Based in Ridgewood, New Jersey, the group has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center, the Stratford Music Festival, among others. They have recorded works from the traditional chamber repertory as well as new works to expand the possibilities for flute, clarinet and piano ensembles.

This concert features Ron Levy, an instructor at the Cali School and an internationally acclaimed pianist, and Margaret Swinchoski, whose flute performances have been featured in solo recitals. She has served as principal flutist with the Westchester and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras.

The program they have assembled is a fascinating opportunity to hear two important works. The Seasons by Tchaikovsky includes the rarely heard epigrams published with the twelve-part series in 1875-76. The Prokofiev Sonata in D Major for Flute and Piano is considered one of his supreme masterpieces and a superb example of 20th century chamber music

Attracting talented students, faculty, and visiting artists from around the world, the Cali School has shared its music resources with a growing audience through this series, which offers the public a chance to hear a variety of classical music styles performed by accomplished artists and their students.

Additional concerts in this series are scheduled for are November 15 (MSU Graduate String Quartet), January 24 (piano program with David Witten), February 21 (a popular program of Richard Stillman’s vaudeville of the jazz age), March 6 (Storytelling Arts celebrating its 20th anniversary), March 20 (flute program MSU Dean Robert Cart), and April 10 (the New Jersey Music Society’s special garden program), all Sundays at 2 pm.

Reserved seating is available by contacting 973-744-4752 or Seating is limited, so reservations are required. Previous concerts have over-subscribed. There is no admission charge, but contributions are welcome.

Van Vleck House & Gardens has created a Music Patron program to help expand its music and arts programming (including concerts such as the Cali School collaborations). Music Patrons enjoy special privileges, including special reserved seating, advance notices of events, special receptions and mention in concert programs. For information about the Music Patron program, please contact Van Vleck by telephone or email.

Van Vleck House and Gardens is committed to its mission of the historic preservation of its early 20th century house and gardens for the education, cultural enrichment and enjoyment of the community. It is owned by The Montclair Foundation, a non-profit that awards grants to charitable organizations in the greater Montclair area.
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